Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Film Summit Calls for Festival Revamps; Patronage Law

Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Film Summit Calls for Festival Revamps; Patronage Law

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Better practices needed for some Spanish festivals; conference also discusses online windows.

"We strongly recommend film festivals to actively seek for private money in order to survive," said Susana de la Sierra, director of ICAA, in a summit this week organised by Mapfre Foundation attracting luminaries of Spanish cinema.

"We have seen too many festivals and bad practices," added José Luis Rebordinos, chief of the San Sebastian Festival. They both urged Spanish festivals to have smarter practices.In recent months, Spanish film festivals like Valencia's Mostra and Punto de Vista in Pamplona have cancelled their editions and became biannual. Valladolid, Sitges and also Gijon, with a controversial change of direction, are in turmoil and suffering significant budget cuts.Sierra pointed out that the new law of sponsorship for the arts that the Government is preparing "will not go for producing films as it is being said. It will be very useful for financing cultural events as film festivals but the tax deductions for productions are part of the 2007 law of cinema that is still our basis."Surprisingly, Sierra said that she supported the principle that the State must provide funds for cinema "according to the European rules". This balances the statements made by the Secretary of Culture, Mr. José María Lassalle, for an "anglo-saxon system" and gives some light to the beleagured local industry."We will continue in the board of San Sebastián, Málaga and Huelva," said Sierra of the ICAA, "but we might apply new conditions for other events that ask for funds such as the geography, the tradition of the festival or if it has a clear personality that adds something to the general panorama." San Sebastián will receive this year $1.3m of ICAA funding; Malaga gets $130,000 and Huelva gets $80,000. …

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