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The San Sebastián International Film Festival
San Sebastián International Film Festival
(Spanish: Festival de San Sebastián; Basque: Donostia
Donostia
Zinemaldia) is an annual FIAPF A category film festival held in the Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebastián in September, in the Basque Country.[1] Since its creation in 1953 it has established itself as one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, being one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF. It has hosted several important events of the history of cinema, such as the international premiers of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(who attended the Festival) and Melinda and Melinda
Melinda and Melinda
by Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and the European premier of Star Wars. Actors and directors such as Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Gregory Peck, Glenn Ford, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
and Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
have attended the festival since its inception. It was the first festival attended by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
and has helped advance the professional careers of Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
or Pedro Almodóvar, for instance. In the current competitive context of international festivals, San Sebastián, which has one of the lowest budgets, has established itself as the most important in Spain
Spain
and the Spanish-speaking countries.

Contents

1 History 2 Sections 3 Awards 4 Movie actors since 1953 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The festival was founded in 1952. Although it was originally intended to honour Spanish language
Spanish language
films, films of other languages became eligible for consideration in 1955, when the festival was specialized in color films. It has been acknowledged by the FIAPF as an A category festival since 1957, with the exception of the 1980–1984 period, when no major awards were given. Sections[edit]

Victoria Eugenia Theatre

María Cristina Hotel during the San Sebastián International Film Festival

These are the main sections of the festival:

Official Selection: According to FIAPF regulations, a selection of recent cinematographic works, which have not been shown in other festivals, compete for the major awards. Some films are included out of competition. New Directors: First or second movies of new talents. Horizontes Latinos: A selection of films from Latin America, unreleased in Spain. Pearls: A selection of the best movies screened at other international festivals throughout the year. Zabaltegi - Tabakalera: A competitive section aiming for heterogeneity with no formal norms. Made in Spain: A showcase of the year's Spanish movies for their international launch. Zinemira: A showcase of movies produced or directed by Basques. Retrospectives: Retrospectives are included in the program to present the works of a renowned filmmaker or works that represent a particular theme. Savage Cinema: A non-competitive selection of adventure and action sports films. Velodrome: Projections of movies for a big audience in a giant screen installed at the Velódromo de Anoeta. International Film Students Meeting: Selected shorts, mostly graduation projects, from film schools around the world.

Awards[edit] An international jury evaluates the films in the Official Section and awards the following prizes:

Golden Shell
Golden Shell
for Best Film Special
Special
Jury Prize Silver Shell for Best Director Silver Shell for Best Actress Silver Shell for Best Actor Jury Prize for Best Cinematography Jury Prize for Best Screenplay Donostia
Donostia
Award

The following are the main awards for films in the pararell sections:

New Directors Award: decided by a special jury, the films in the New Directors section compete for this prize. Audience Award: The audience chooses a film from among those in the Pearls section. Youth Award: A jury composed of 350 youngsters aged between 17 and 21 chooses a film from those competing for the New Directors Award". Horizontes Award: A specific jury chooses the best film in the Horizontes Latinos section. "Otra Mirada" Award: TVE gives the Another Look award to the film, from any section, that best reflects the female world. Sebastiane Award: a jury chooses the film, from any section, that best reflects the values and reality of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

Movie actors since 1953[edit]

Actors and actresses

Deborah Kerr Audrey Hepburn Gloria Swanson Kirk Douglas Leslie Caron Monica Vitti Francisco Rabal Anthony Quinn Nicholas Ray Claude Rich Elizabeth Taylor Fernando Rey Imperio Argentina Richard Burton Gina Lollobrigida Harrison Ford Victoria Abril Jacqueline Bisset Nigel Patrick George Peppard Luise Rainer Sydney Pollack Peter O'Toole Sidney Poitier Gene Tierney Lilli Palmer John Travolta Benicio del Toro Michael Fassbender

   

Charlton Heston Glenn Close Anjelica Huston Sophia Loren Mel Gibson Keanu Reeves Matt Dillon Antonio Banderas Melanie Griffith Gregory Peck Glenn Ford Vittorio Gassman Bette Davis Claudette Colbert Anthony Perkins Lauren Bacall Robert Mitchum Lana Turner Susan Sarandon Catherine Deneuve Al Pacino Michael Douglas Jeremy Irons Jeanne Moreau Viggo Mortensen John Hawkes Monica Bellucci Penélope Cruz Shailene Woodley Sean Connery Roger Moore Pierce Brosnan Daniel Craig

   

Javier Bardem Anthony Hopkins John Malkovich Fernando Fernán Gómez Vanessa Redgrave Michael Caine Robert De Niro Warren Beatty Jessica Lange Bob Hoskins Dennis Hopper Isabelle Huppert Sean Penn Robert Duvall Woody Allen Annette Bening Jeff Bridges Ben Gazzara Willem Dafoe Max von Sydow Ben Stiller Adam Sandler Charlize Theron Mark Wahlberg Demi Moore Brad Pitt Ben Affleck Alan Arkin Nuala Murray

   

Directors

Federico Fellini Radha Bharadwaj Alfred Hitchcock Jean-Luc Godard King Vidor Anthony Mann Bernardo Bertolucci Franco Zeffirelli Francis Ford Coppola Fritz Lang Robert Altman Howard Hawks François Truffaut Orson Welles Luis Buñuel Steven Spielberg Josef von Sternberg Nikita Mikhalkov Pedro Almodóvar Sergio Leone Roman Polanski Sam Peckinpah Joseph L. Mankiewicz Stanley Donen Ethan Coen Bertrand Tavernier Quentin Tarantino

References[edit]

^ http://www.filmfestivallife.com/san-sebastian-international-film-festival

External links[edit]

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Official website San Sebastián International Film Festival
San Sebastián International Film Festival
at the Internet Movie Database

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FIAPF-accredited film festivals

Feature (Competitive)

Berlin Cairo Cannes Goa Karlovy Vary Locarno Mar del Plata Moscow Montreal San Sebastián Shanghai Tallinn (PÖFF) Tokyo Venice Warsaw

Feature (Competitive Specialised)

Antalya Brussels Busan Cartagena Cluj Napoca (TIFF) Courmayeur Gijón Istanbul Jeonju Kolkata Kyiv Namur Sarajevo Sitges Stockholm Sydney Trivandrum Turin Valencia (Jove)

Feature (Non-competitive)

Toronto Vienna

Documentary and Short

Bilbao Krakow Oberhausen St. Peters

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