Welcoming international filmgoers and budding film enthusiasts alike, the Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove is returning to the city this month for the 29th annual celebration of the hottest industry talent…
First held way back in 1986 to help young people gain a profile in a competitive industry, the festival is now recognised by the International Federation of Associations of Film Producers (FIAPF) and acts as the ideal global platform for budding filmmakers. Ensuring that no talent is left undiscovered, this year the spotlight is focusing on countries where there is a low production capacity but a plethora of talent and creativity.
The fantastic eight-day program will see events held in the most prestigious cultural venues, including Teatro Principal and the Sala Berlanga at the Filmoteca Valenciana with special open-air nighttime screenings at the Vivero Gardens. With two main awards categories, the highly respected competition will see ten feature films battle it out to win the ‘Lunas de Valencia’ (prize money of 30,000 Euros) and 55 to 60 names vying for title of best short film (10,000 Euros) The prestigious Special Jury Award will also be given to short films (6000 Euros).
It’s not about the money
But of course it’s not just about the cash. As one of the top five film festivals in the whole of Spain, which hosts a dazzling 250 overall, Cinema Jove in Valencia promises to be something really special. Consistently innovative, the festival has gained recognition thanks to its dedication to new communication technologies that are changing the face of the industry. It is also a highly sought after location for new filmmakers to network with new global contacts and watch industry trends in action. The festival has identified and promoted some of the best contemporary talent and Cinema Jove has seen former candidates go on to showcase at Cannes and even win Oscars.
But it’s not only the newbies that will have their talents recognised. The festival will also offer recognition to some world cinema greats, with special awards going to two highly acclaimed European filmmakers – Belgian director Joachim Lafosse and Hungarian Ferenc Cakó, Major works from both artists will be shown, including Lafosse’s highly acclaimed work ‘What Makes You Happy’.
An increase in funding in recent years has seen the festival continue to grow in size and prestige whilst retaining its focus on quality criteria. This year’s celebration will showcase films from countries across the world, from Belgium, Norway and the UK to Venezuela, Russia and North America.
A number of public ‘making-of’ sessions with the filmmakers offer an up close and personal look behind the scenes while workshops, ‘shooting notes’ and the Audiovisual Programme for Young People demonstrate the commitment that the festival makes to education and the importance of film in the teaching curriculum.
To be a part of this vibrant and immersive celebration, get yourself down to Valencia on 20 June when all the action kicks off. The festival lasts for a full and very exciting eight days and we can guarantee that, just like your favourite films, you’ll be sorry to see the end.