Thursday, 22 November 2007

Carlos Saura visits Galicia

Carlos Saura visited Galicia to introduce his last film, Fados. The film, which was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is the first film from Saura not shot in Spanish, but in Portuguese.

The film was screened at Santiago de Compostela's Teatro Principal in the framework of the 5th Mostra Portuguesa, a yearly event that presents in Galicia and other spanish regions the latest cultural developments of Portugal.

Fados collects performances by the top fado artists from Portugal (Mariza, Carlos do Carmo...) as well as artists from Brazil, Cabo Verde, Spain, and Mexico. The film was shot entirely in Madrid, with a crew & cast half Portuguese, half Spanish.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Broadcast rainbow

Serendipity was on my side today. This post does not have to do with Galician cinema, but I believe it is worth sharing.

Pedroso, which hosts one the main broadcasting facilities in Galicia looked this way this morning.

Nice, huh?

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Me on TV!

I have just noticed that one of the appearances on the Curtas na Rede show on the right its me! Guess where?

Another award for the mud boy

The Mud Boy / O Neno de Barro received the award of the press to the best international film at the International Film Festival of Viña del Mar, Chile, which celebrated its 19th edition from 21 to 27 October. Algora's films was selected to participate in the official section.

Film director Jorge Algora, received the good news in Valladolid where he was presenting his film at the Spanish Cinema section of SEMINCI.

Montreal, Santo Domingo, Brussels, Ourense, Caracas, Havana, ... name it international presence!

Galician Cinema on the Net

The government of Galicia increases the Internet visibility of Galician audiovisual production through Cine Galego na Rede (Galician Cinema on the Net).

Cine Gelego Na Rede is an initiative by the Secretary General of Communication - General Directorate of Audiovisual Comunication (Secretaría Xeral de Comunicación - Dirección Xeral de Comunicación Audiovisual) to promote Galician audiovisual production on the Internet.

The main objectives of this project are to facilitate access to the audiovisual content to broadcasters providing access to essential information to enable the negotiation of broadcasting rights; the digitization of Galician audiovisual material, initiating a modernization process that will take place during the next few years.; the classification of Galician productions according to international standards; and the promotion of the Galician audiovisual industry supporting the marketing efforts performed by production and distribution companies.

This project has the support and cooperation of Televisión de Galicia, the Galician public broadcaster.

The first results of this project can be seen at Audiovisual de Galicia TV.

De Bares at the International Filmfest Braunschweig

Galician director Mario Iglesias’ De Bares (Matriuska Producciones and Galician producer Voz Audiovisual) has been selected for participation at the 21st edition of the International Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany.

De Bares/Drink Up participates at the The “Heinrich” Audience Award competition for a prize fund of 10.000 € donated by the Volkswagen Bank. Before each film, voting cards are handed out for the audience's evaluation and the film with the highest average wins. The awards ceremony takes place on the 11th November.

De Bares was premiered last year at the Valladolid’s SEMINCI Meeting Point section, being very well received by viewers and film specialists.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Curtas na Rede TV

Today I have embedded a new widget in this blog. It is a TV set that will continuously broadcast the short films awarded at the Curtas na Rede short film contest. This widget is a courtesy of Mogulus. See how it was created at this Curtas na Rede blog entry. I hope you enjoy it!

The dead’s new web portal

Coinciding with the celebration of All Saints Day (November 1st), inline with the Samaín Celtic or America's Halloween celebration, it was released last week the official website Os Mortos van ás presas (The dead go fast). The site, which has been designed by the Galician company Otii Planet with the financial support of the Galician Audiovisual Consortium, is devoted to several aspects of the film and its production process – story, cast, technical staff, locations, downloads, etc. – Os Mortos will begin shooting next February 25th. A shooting log will also be included, where director and writer Angel de la Cruz will share his comments and experiences.

Galician fraga moves to USA

The last production of Galician Dygra Films, David Rubin’s Spirit of the Forest, is being presented at Santa Monica’s American Film Market through Fantastic Films International LLC. Dygra Films inked last spring a strategic agreement with this Hollywood distributor / producer for the worldwide release of the Galician animation company’s third animated feature film, Spirit of the Forest, within the framework of a global approach to advance in expansion plans and international presence of their feature films.

Dygra Films carries out all the production process of a 3D feature film. Dygra got in 2002 a nomination for the Príncipe Felipe Award for Business Excellence in the Technological Innovation category. Their first two feature films, The Living Forest (2001) and Midsummer Dream (2005) have become international successes and have given three Spanish Academy Goya Awards to Dygra Films.