455 works have been registered, of which 40 will compete in the contest sections.
The organization announces the new date: from June 25 to July 4.
The Skyline Benidorm Film Festival has started its fifth edition setting a new participation record, as confirmed today by the Councilor for Culture, Jaime Jesús Pérez, and the director of the festival, Beatriz Hernández. In this way, 455 short films will fight to be among the 40 works selected to compete in the four sections of this fifth edition. A fifth edition that is internationalized with the launch of the official European section, and that moves its celebration in the early stages of summer.
The councilor has indicated that “the start of this edition could not be better, exceeding the number of jobs by 150 compared to the previous year; an upward trend in participation that we are convinced will also take place in the script contest, whose registration is open until next March 1 ”.
The director of the Skyline, on the other hand, has indicated that “these numbers confirm that the festival is gaining weight and visibility within the national film sector, being increasingly known among distributors and creators.” Hernández added that “the trajectory of these four years and the payment per selection make the Skyline an attractive festival for directors, who in the different editions have also expressed their satisfaction with all the complementary and parallel activities, in addition to especially valuing the promote an environment for ‘networking’ between filmmakers and the fact of being able to share their work and comment on it with the audience ”.
Regarding the new date of the festival, the councilor of Culture explained that “as far as possible, we intend that this edition of the Skyline Benidorm Film Festival combine online activities with face-to-face activities, thus recovering and promoting the pleasure of watching cinema in theaters. . Hence, we have chosen to postpone the date of the festival to the end of June, in the hope that the health situation will allow in-person public screenings at that time, logically observing all the necessary security measures”.
Thus, the scheduled date for the celebration of the festival is from June 25 to July 4. In addition, the Skyline director has advanced that “the festival is scheduled to launch a new website in the coming weeks.”
Sections to contest
Skyline Benidorm Film Festival awards seven prizes in the different sections: best European short film, best national fiction short film, best national animation short film, best national documentary short film, best short film in Valencian, best short film on sustainability and best short film made by students. In addition to the financial awards, other prizes are given for production, direction, best photography and the best original soundtrack. In addition, for the third consecutive year the script contest will be held, and for the second year, the contest for best Shortpitch, valued at € 12,000 for the shooting of the winning project in the city.
As in previous editions, the contest maintains one of its main hallmarks, payment per screening, so that the 25 works selected within the competitive national section will receive 200 euros.
As Pérez recalled, “in 2020 the Skyline Benidorm Film Festival showed its versatility by adapting to the circumstances arising from the pandemic and opting for a 100% online edition, going hand in hand with Filmin, one of the main streaming platforms’ cinema”.