Opening of the 8th Skyline Benidorm Film Festival.

Show: ‘Spoiler: A Cinema Obsession’ featuring Xavi Castillo and presentation of the 2024 Skyliner Award to Miguel Rellán.

When: Saturday, April 13th, at 7:30 PM.

Where: Auditorium of Benidorm City Hall (Plaza de SS. MM. Los Reyes de España)
Limited seating

Sometimes I watch featured films. Uncancelled

Screening of the feature film UnCancelled by Luke Eve. We will be joined by the cast and part of the technical team.

Synopsis:
Spanish actress María and Australian director Luke live together in Spain. María is determined to get married. But for Luke, the only way to enjoy the wedding is to cling to his old dreams and make a movie about it.

When: Sunday, April 14th, at 6:00 PM.

Where: Auditorio Fundación Mediterráneo (Alameda, 17)
Limited seating

Audio-described Cinema

As an awareness and inclusion measure, a short film in audesc format will be screened, allowing attendees to experience watching a movie entirely blind.

In collaboration with ONCE, this awareness-raising activity will use the AudescMobile application and guidance from ONCE technicians to help attendees empathize with the experience of a blind person.

Following this, a roundtable discussion will be held to evaluate the experience and exchange opinions aimed at introducing this service in future screenings as a measure of positive discrimination and accessibility to audiovisual media.

When: Monday, April 15th, at 10:00 AM.

Donde: Auditorio Fundación Mediterráneo (Alameda, 17)
Limited seating

Conference: "Women of the World: A Journey through the Portrayal of Women in World Cinema"

“Women of the World” is an interactive audiovisual talk aimed at generating debate about the portrayal of women in cinema from different parts of the world, starting with Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, and ending in Spain. During this journey, participants will reflect on how women have been represented in different cinematographies worldwide and how cinema can be a tool for social change.

Talk presented by Samuel Sebastián.

Samuel Sebastian is a filmmaker, playwright, and screenwriter with an extensive professional career. With a degree in Art History with honors, he has developed his career in the fields of documentary filmmaking, fiction, and video art.

His work has been internationally recognized with various awards, including the award for Best Spanish Documentary at the Madrid Festival and the First International Prize in the Rhode Island Screenplay Contest.

His films have been screened at festivals around the world, including Cusco (Peru), San Diego (United States), La Paz (Bolivia), Lisbon (Portugal), Bilbao, Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, and Valencia (Spain), Bologna, Milan, and Turin (Italy), Paris (France), Johannesburg (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia), Bogotá (Colombia), Baghdad (Iraq), or Daklah (Morocco).

When: Monday, April 15th, at 12:00 PM.

Where: Edificio Torrejó (Pl de Canalejas, 1)
Limited seating

Roundtable: 'Management of Copyright in Film Festivals and Cultural Events

The film industry is a complex ecosystem that involves the creation, production, and distribution of audiovisual works.

Film festivals play a fundamental role as a showcase for audiovisual works, especially for the short film format. It is here where various issues related to intellectual property rights arise.

Participants: DAMA, SGAE, PANTALLA, FESCICOM, and specialized lawyers.

When: Tuesday, April 16th, at 11:30 AM.

Where: Torrejó building (Pl de Canalejas, 1)
Limited seating

Skyline Film Festival in Sella

Special screening of the winning short films from the Skyline Benidorm Film Festival in Sella.

When: Tuesday, April 16th, at 18:00 PM.

Where: Sella City Hall. (Plaça Major, 16, Sella, Alicante)

Free admission until full capacity is reached

Special screening in Original Version with Subtitles in Spanish (VOSE) at Hotel Dynastic, European Section.

Enjoy the special screening in the original version with Spanish subtitles of the European Official Section.

  • Duplicata
  • Fortissimo
  • Hardly working
  • Seis años, tres meses y doce días
  • Villain
  • Stück für stück

When: Tuesday, April 16th, at 18:00 PM.
Where: Hotel Dynastic (Av. Ametlla de Mar, 15)
Limited seating

Workshop: "But What Exactly is Sustainability?"

Sustainability is an increasingly present concept in our daily lives, and the audiovisual sector is no exception. Although there are some labels and codes of good practices, there is still no single system to accredit the sustainability of a film.

This session will cover:

  • What sustainability means in the audiovisual industry
  • The different protocols and existing labels
  • How to calculate the carbon footprint of a film

The objective is for professionals in the audiovisual sector to better understand this concept and apply measures to make their productions more sustainable.

Talk presented by Julio Blas from Echar a Rodar.

Julio Blas is the director and founder of Echar a Rodar, a consultancy specializing in sustainability applied to the audiovisual industry. They develop sustainability plans (such as “La Mesias” for Movistar+; “Verano en Diciembre”, “Las Chicas de la Estación”, and “Premios Berlanga” for Skyfilm Festival). He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Audiovisual Sustainability. Additionally, he has over 25 years of experience in television and radio as a director (Canal +, Cadena SER, Mediaset, Movistar+). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from UCM, a Master’s degree in Direction and Production of Audiovisual Contents from VIU, a Master’s degree in Secondary and Vocational Training Teaching in the specialty of Audiovisual Processes and Communication from URJC, Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from PMI®, and a Higher Technician in Audiovisual Project Management from CES School. Passionate about communication in general and audiovisual communication in particular, he also has a great vocation for teaching. He teaches at Carlos III University of Madrid, OBS Business School, and has worked at Complutense University of Madrid and in Vocational Training, as well as conducting monographic courses and workshops in companies.

When: Thursday, April 18th, at 10:30 AM.

Where: Hotel Benidorm Plaza. Salón Tardor (c/Emilio Ortuño 18)
Limited Seating

Conference "Paco Sáez, 30 Years Drawing Stories" + Screening of his new short film "Dear Angela."

Panel Discussion with Paco Sáez, an illustrator from Alicante, award-winning storyboard artist and director. Paco Sáez is a member of the Spanish Film Academy and the only illustrator selected in 2013 to represent the website of the Spanish Royal Family, drawing all its members. He also won the Goya Award in 2020 for Best Animated Short Film for “Madrid 2120”. He has recently completed his storyboard directing work for a Netflix US superproduction titled ‘Damsel’ alongside director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Oscar nominee for “Esposados”).

Synopsis of “Dear Angela”: The short film’s story takes us to World War II and tells the moving tale of Angela, whose world crumbles when her husband is called to fight and does not return. The story is an emotional exploration of love, loss, and the power of memory.

When: Friday, April 19th, at 10:00 AM.
Where: Auditorio Fundación Mediterráneo (c/Alameda, 17)
Limited seating

Panel Discussion: "Media and Their Relationship with Film Festivals"

The panel will address the role of the media as dissemination agents for film festivals and their role in their growth. Additionally, it will analyze the current state of the media and the various avenues of collaboration between the media and the festivals.

With:

  • Andrea Bermejo: Redactora jefe en Cinemanía
  • Paco Alonso: RTVE Valencia
  • Valentín Fina: Fundador NEXA FM
  • Rosalía Mayor: Presidenta asociación periodistas provincia Alicante
  • Jorge García: Redactor Radio Benidorm Cadena SER

Moderator: Alfonso Caro Sánchez: Director y fundador de Nostromo Comunicación y El Palomitrón

When: Friday, April 19th, at 12:00 PM.

Where: Hotel Benidorm Plaza. Salón Tardor (c/Emilio Ortuño 18)
Limited seating