THE COMPETITION MEETS THE FIGURES OF THE PREVIOUS YEARS DESPITE THE PANDEMIC AND THE FALL IN FILM PRODUCTION AND RECEIVES SHORT FILMS FROM THE FIVE CONTINENTS. SPAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, MEXICO, AND BRAZIL STAND OUT AS THE COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST REPRESENTATION
THE COMPETITION IS STRENGTHENED AS AN ALLURE FOR NEW TALENTS, INCREASING THE NUMBER OF DEBUT FILM RECEIVED – 542 IN THIS EDITION, ALMOST A THIRD OF THE TOTAL-
THE SELECTION COMMITTEE IS ALREADY VISIONING THE 26,000 MINUTES OF FOOTAGE RECEIVED TO SELECT THE FINAL CANDIDATES WHICH WILL COMPETE FOR THE DANZANTE AWARDS
The Huesca International Festival has received a total of 1,733 short films for its 49th edition, which will be held from June 11 to 19. Works from 80 countries from the five continents aspire to enter the final selection that will compete to win the Danzante Prize in each of the three competitions categories (International, Iberoamerican and Documentary); This award is endorsed by the Hollywood Academy for the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain for the Goya Awards. The high number of works submitted shows the contest’s resilience capacity in a year when health and economic crisis has hampered all kinds of shootings and productions. Still, the number of countries represented, and the total number of productions submitted are in line with the records of the last decade.
The country that submitted the highest number of short films is Spain with 644 works; France, and Germany with 191 and 89, respectively are the second and third most represented countries. Outside of Europe, Mexico and Brazil lead the American continent ranking, with 45 jobs each. In Asia, South Korea, with 33 works, stands out in the first place, while Egypt and Australia are the most prominent in Africa and Oceania, respectively. It is worth mentioning that Poland, the USA, Russia, Argentina, and Italy are well represented with over thirty works each. Huesca’s convening power extends throughout the world, from Polynesia to Guatemala, through a wild variety of territories such as Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Moldova, South Africa, and Haiti.
DEBUT WORKS ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE TOTAL SHORT FILMS SUBMITTED.
In terms of distribution between each category, 680 shorts aim to the international competition, 708 will compete for the Iberoamerican award selection, and 345 are documentaries. More than a third of the total -542- are debut works. This figure shows an increase compared to the last edition and endorses the potential of the festival as an international showcase of emerging talents.
“The proven worldwide convening power of the event and the increasing demand among new filmmakers say a lot about the past, present and future of the festival” in the words of Rubén Moreno, director of the HIFF. Finally, it is also worth mentioning the weight of animation films in the industry with a total of 212 works submitted.
The 49th edition of the Huesca International Film Festival set for June 11-19 and represented by its the official poster designed by the Barcelona artist Cristina Daura, is now the move with the beginning of the selection process. In the coming months, the awards, tributes, special screenings, and the rest of the activities will be announced within a multidisciplinary proposal concept, “we want Huesca to feel the magic of cinema again,” concludes Moreno.