The 46th edition of Huesca International Film Festival will take place from 8th to 16th June. The rendezvous, an international bench mark for short films endorsed by the Oscar and the Goya Awards as qualifying festival, also announces the opening of the submission period; works competing for one of the three contests: International, Iberoamerican and Documentary.
The festival has a new director; Huesca-born Rubén Moreno took the reins last November and is running the new project of a festival that each June turns the city into the limelight of short film industry. ‘This format is our essence and our raison d’être; it is very strong, it is innovative and Huesca is in its own right a global landmark’ declared Moreno.
Total awards, amounting to more than €24,000 will be distributed by a festival that managed to keep this budget intact in the last few years. The Danzante Award takes on a greater role in this edition and reinforces its identity; this denomination will appear on all the official awards as a result of a branding and identity strategy on which organizers have been working for several years.
Another outcome has been the design (by Lorenzo Caudevilla) of new identity badges for the contests, taking the silhouette of the aforementioned award as a reference, designed by Carlos and Javier Aquilué. In addition, festival prizes maintain the Jinete Ibérico Award to recognise Best Animation Work.
Audience continues to be the key pillar and that is why selected productions will be screened at the emblematic Teatro Olimpia with free showings. One of the hallmarks in this field is the Aragón Televisión Audicence Award that allows attending public to vote on their favourite short film, granting the winner €900 worth broadcasting rights, as well as its promotion and broadcasting.
The programme will be completed with feature films, professional activities, meetings, exhibitions and other initiatives which shall be disclosed along next months. The main goal is to reach the audience and to maintain the festival as a meeting point for filmmakers and film lovers. ‘It is something that belongs to the whole city, a great cultural ambassador of Huesca at an international level. ‘It is a great responsibility, but we work hard so Huesca citizens can feel proud of their festival’ concluded Moreno.