The Edinburgh International Film Festival dedicates its 2019 edition to Spanish cinema in which more than twenty titles of state production will be shown.

Among these titles, it includes the international premiere of H0US3 (Manolo Munguía), and the British premieres of Champions (Javier Fesser), Endless (César Esteban Alenda, José Esteban Alenda), Notes for a movie of holdups (Elías Leon Siminiani) , Oreina (Koldo Almandoz), Cages (Nicolás Pacheco), Love Beats (Roberto Bueso), The Hidden City (Víctor Moreno) and Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Salvador Simón), among others.

The Edinburgh Festival also dedicates a retrospective to director Icíar Bollaín, under the label 'Once Upon a Time in Spain', a category within which a selection of varied titles will also be screened. You can see Tarde para la ira (Raul Arévalo), Mutant Action (Álex de la Iglesia), Blancanieves and Abracadabra (Pablo Berger), Cell 211 (Daniel Monzón), La Novia (Paula Ortiz), Thesis (Alejandro Amenábar), Summer 1993 (Carla Simón) or Los cronocrímenes (Nacho Vigalondo), as well as a special case from the cult film Arrebato by Iván Zulueta.

Meeting of producers

Within the framework of the Festival, a delegation composed of eight Spanish producers will travel to the Scottish capital with the support of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) to participate in two days of work within the Spain / UK Industry Focus of the Edinburgh Festival (EIFF) with the aim of stimulating possible collaborations and future projects with interlocutors from the United Kingdom.

The program, which will take place on June 24 and 25, includes round tables on distribution and co-production, individual work meetings, industry lunches and a tour of locations organized by the Scottish Film Institute, Screen Scotland.

The Festival has selected from among all the entries received, eight candidates that will make up the Spanish delegation traveling to Edinburgh, following the criteria of the specific interest of each candidate in working with the United Kingdom and also based on the projects that they have in development and its relevance in the face of a potential Spanish-British co-production.

This group will be composed of Carlo D'Ursi (Madrid Potenza Productions), Laura Fernandez (Filmax), Nahikari Ipiña (Sayaka Productions), Bernabé Rico (Talycual), Alfonso S. Suárez (Verité), Paloma Mora (TV ON Productions), Isona Passola (Massa d'Or Produccions) and Jose Esteban Alenda (Solita Films).

For its part, the British delegation will consist of Rob Alexander (Perfect Motion Ltd), Giulia Salvadori (Smiling Fox Productions Ltd), Emilie Jouffroy (Elation Pictures), Donald Coutts (Scotch!), Arabella Page Croft (Black Camel Pictures), Ross McKenzie (Devil May Care), Brian Coffey (Sigma Films) and Ashley Horner (Pinball Films).

As part of the program, on Monday, June 24, there will be two round tables to analyze the new ways of circulation for cinema in the European environment, and the potential for international co-production and specifically with the United Kingdom will be studied.

Under the slogan 'Everything you wanted to know about co-production but never dared to ask', Isabel Davis, executive director of the Scottish Film Institute Screen Scotland, and the Dutch producer Marleen Slot, will talk about how to face for the first time co-production, on how to manage and overcome the barriers of the initial financing of the projects and how to identify possible international partners or co-producers. The Festival organizes this activity in collaboration with the Creative Europe UK office.



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