Thursday, 31 January 2008

Cinema Always Productions, Inc.

Sempre Cinema Producións SL, a partnership between the Galician goverment and the private financial institution CaixaGalicia, has been presented yesterday in Santiago de Compostela. CaixaGalicia already participates through Corporación CaixaGalicia in other audiovisual companies as Filmax Entertainment (97.07%), Grupo Continental (88.23%) or Veralia Corporación (88.23%).

With an initial capital of € 3M, the new production company will participate as co-producer in feature film projects with a clear commercial vocation.

The new company aims to contribute to the consolidation and promotion of projects participated by other Galician producers. Fernando Salgado, President of the Galician Audiovisual Consortium, described SempreCinema Produccións as a "new instrument", "innovative", "flexible" and "ambitious".

The new company is born as one of the most important investors in the Spanish audiovisual sector. From the financial point of view, the new venture will participate in film projects with a budget equal to or greater than € 2.2 M. Any production company may apply for the participation of Sempre Cinema, provided it is a Galician independent producer, or a company established in any EU member state having permanent offices in Galicia.

A committee of three members (XesGalicia public capital-risk fund, Caixa Galicia and Audiovisual Consortium) will evaluate the projects proposed and report the results to the board of the new society for the final decision.

Fancy a partnership? You need:

  • A permanent office in Galicia
  • To be involved in a commercially-oriented project with a budget of more than € 2.2 M, 70% of the cost of the zero copy already pre-funded, and at least € 100,000 cash.
  • To convince the analysis committee that the project will be good for Galicia and/or the Galician audiovisual sector.

If everything is OK, Sempre Cinema Producións will enter the project with a maximum of € 600,000, even more if the project is exceptionally interesting.

More info at the Galician Audiovisual Consortium.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

A Galician eye for 3D cinema

Enrique Criado, stereoscopic supervisor of Galician production company Enxebre Entertainment, will be in charge, together with Samuel Zhou, Vice-President of Image Technology, IMAX Corporation, of the selection of the best stereoscopic productions from around the world next January 28th in San Jose (California, USA), in the framework of Stereoscopic Displays & Applications XIX 2008. This event is an international reference in the field of 3D and stereoscopic image.

Stereoscopic Displays & Applications XIX 2008 brings together scientists, developers, technicians and engineers who are internationally known by their research achievements, prototypes and other developments in the field of 3D vision.
Enrique Criado will also offer a presentation on original and creative stereoscopic film making.

Congratulations, Enrique!

Friday, 18 January 2008

Transsiberian: From Galicia to Berlin via Catalunya

Bran Anderson's Transsiberian has been included among the films selected for the Berlinale's Panorama programme. This film is co-produced by Galician Julio Fernández (A Fonsagrada, 1947) production company Filmax. Transsiberian is a Spain/Germany/UK/Lithuania co-production starring Ben Kingsley, Thomas Kretschmann, Emily Mortimer, Woody Harrelson and Eduardo Noriega.

According to the organizers, the aim of Panorama is to discover films for the cinema programme of the coming arthouse season, and to provide the market with inspiration. In 2008, documentaries will again make a strong showing: from a total of 50 full-length films approximately one third will be documentaries.

Meus mais sinceiros parabéns, Julio.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

An Italian job for Galician animation

Galicia is representing Spain at Future Film Festival. The 2008 edition of this festival devoted to animation and special effects pays tribute to Spanish animation. And, of course, what best to represent Spanish animation than animation made in Galicia?

Galician co-productions De profundis (Miguelanxo Prado & Nani García) and La flor más grande del mundo (Juan Pablo Etcheberri) will participate in the official section of the Future Film Festival, which is being held in Bologna (Italy) until January 20th.

Miguelanxo Prado's De profundis has recently been selected to participate in Anifest 2008, the international animation festival to be held in May at Trebon, Czech Republic.

La flor más grande del mundo is the latest film by galician director Juan Pablo Etcheverry. It will be screened in Bologna along with other Etcheberri's works. The director himself will come there to present it as part of the tribute.

La Crisis Carnívora (screened hors compétition) is the first feature film for the big screen shot in Macromedia Flash (TM), which was already screened at the Festival de Sitges and Zinebi.

I miei più sinceri complimenti a tutti voi.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Ozo at Clermont-Ferrand

Auga (Water), the last work of Galician creator Xosé Anton Perozo, aka 'Ozo', a thriller with a surprising denouement, has just been selected for the market of the one of the most relevant short film appointments in the world, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.

Mes félicitations les plus sincères, Ozo.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Pitching for Manuel & Elisa

Manuel Fernández-Valdes' documentary "Manuel and Elisa," produced by Galician Tic Tac Produccións, was selected for participation at the Docs Barcelona 2008 Pitching Forum to be held on January 31st and February 1st. 144 projects from 30 countries entered the selection process of the Barcelona's International Documentary Film Festival, among them two Spanish documentaries.

"Manuel and Elisa," the directorial debut of Manuel Fernandez-Valdes, will be present at an event that brings together productions from the UK, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, South Africa or Sweden, among others. Commissioning editors from various television networks and distributors from different countries will attend this Pitching Forum. The documentary directed by Manuel Fernandez-Valdes tells the story of overcoming loss and stoicism of an elderly couple living in a small rural village at the Galicia - Portugal border. "Manuel and Elisa" is supported by the Galician department of Culture and Sports, the Galician Centre for Crafts and Design Foundation, and the Galician broadcaster TVG.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Galicia provides the player, EFE the content

Users of MP4 media players developed by Galician consumer electronics company Blusens will be able to access multimedia content from Spanish news agency EFE. These two companies reached an agreement to provide movies, music, people or cultural trends information through the content repository BluEfepack, which will be available for next generation Bluesens mobile devices.

Users of Blusens players will have access to exclusive content from EFE on the most relevant audiovisual productions, a selection of pictures of mythical Hollywood stars who visited Spain, most popular video music, or images of the most emblematic concerts held in Spain in the last 25 years, among other content. The package includes also pictures of sports personalities, musicians and famous people.

Galician Punto de Vista

Two Galician short films will participate at the official section of the International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra. The works are Pó de estrelas, de Alberte Pagán, and Cousas do Kulechov, de Susana Rei.

The International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, better known under the name of Punto de Vista / Viewpoint, will take place from 15th to 25th February. According to the organization, 25 entries were selected among 805 submissions.

Galician Saga TV wins a public bid to produce seven documentaries on climate and weather

The Galician independent producer SAGA TV will carry out the renovation of the present image of INM, the National Institute of Meteorology, which will become the State Agency of Meteorology (AEM). The new "Agency Bill" passed by the Spanish parliament, enabled the Spanish government building AEM, which will replace INM after its deployment.

The new agency will respond to the needs that climate and weather demands, renovating and improving the services already being provided to citizens.

To raise the awareness of the new agency, INM is to develop a series of initiatives for its proper dissemination, within which falls the production of seven documentais by SAGA TV along 2008.

Congratulations, SAGA TV!