Saturday, 26 April 2008

Beyond the 1500 entries mark!

The Axencia Audiovisual Galega’s virtual catalogue of Galician Audiovisual has recently surpassed the 1500 entry mark. Practically all titles produced between 1973 and 2008 are included in this online inventory.

Galician audiovisual production has come a long way since the seminal initiatives around the mitical Ourense meetings in the 70’s, where Galician film and video production was characterized by the self-consciousness of its void. Today, the more than 1500 titles of all genres, themes and formats show that something has been achieved along the years.

The virtual catalogue is being constantly updated with new titles, both new and historical.

This is a direct link to the catalogue.

Monday, 21 April 2008

The Galician Academy 2007 Awards

Last April 15th the Galician Audiovisual Academy celebrated its Mestre Mateo awards night. 25 awards were given out at a televised ceremony at the Jofre theatre in Ferrol. In my personal opinion, the show improves every year. It was funny and even shorter than last year (less than two hours). Besides, 2007 was also a prolific year for the Galician audiovisual, which guaranteed the average quality of nominees in almost all categories.

Some of the awards (for a complete list see

Ernesto Chao, former first president of the Galician Audiovisual Academy, was awarded the Fernando Rey honorary award. This is the first time an actor receives this recognition.

The most awarded production was O neno de barro (9 awards).

Linatakalam receives an intermedia-globe Gold Award

Linatakalam / Let’s Talk, a TV show co-produced by Galician IbisaTV and directed by Valentín Carrera, has won a intermedia-globe Gold award in the Global Issues sub -category of Documentaries at the World Media Festival, which is being held in Hamburg, Germany.

Linatakalam is a Spanish-Moroccan-Italian co-production that addresses dialogue among peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean. The series was shot in Egypt, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey and consists of six chapters devoted to the meeting of civilizations in the sea of a single bank, the silent revolution of women, water as the gold of future, the globalization of immigration, the coexistence of religions, and the intercultural education of the younger generation.

Winners of an intermedia-globe Gold become nominees for an intermedia-globe Grand Award to recognize the best in each of the 14 main festival categories. From them, a Special Jury for Excellence will select the winner of the intermedia-globe Grand Prix as the best of all Festival entries. All winners of the intermedia-globe Silver and Gold awards are notified prior to the festival event to make sure they are present at the Gala for the Award Presentation Ceremony personally.

The winners of the Grand Awards and the Grand Prix, along with the winners of the Special Awards, will not be announced until the Gala for the Award Presentation Ceremony in Hamburg in the evening of May 14, 2008.

Congratulations and good luck, Valentín.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Galician presence at Documenta-Madrid

This year’s edition of the International Film Festival of Documentary Film Documenta-Madrid, to be held in Madrid from Mai 4th to Mai 11th, includes an ample presence of Galician productions.

Ruben PardiñasFronteiras / Frontiers (betacam, 58´, 2007) participates at the full-length films national competition, together with Marcos BesasBarreiros, Motor Humano / Barreiros, Human Engine (betacam, 88´, 2007) and Lois Patiño Lama’s Profesor Tejero / Professor Tejero (betacam, 60´, 2007).

Besides, Migel Abad Lopez’s O Desencontro / The Mix Up (betacam, 3´, 2007) and Alberte Pagán’s Pó de Estrelas / Stardust (dvd, 24´, 2007) participate at the short films national competition.

The informative section Looking Back, What a Movement! Includes Tamara Blanco Insua, Xosé A. F. Holgado and Carlos Mendez’s Periféricos / Periferals (dvd, 50’, 2006), a project about the cultural scene in the eighties in Vigo, known as A movida viguesa.

According to its organizers, the festival was born for the purpose of strengthening and disseminating the documentary genre, in so far as it understood to be a reflection of the social, cultural, economic, artistic, environmental, and other realities that exist in the world. From the selection of films, which is done exclusively using qualitative criteria and respect for any and all critical viewpoints of our surroundings, Documenta seeks to provide an annual meeting place for professionals, creators, and the public to whom the work is aimed.

Congratulations to all Galician participants!

New YouTube channel devoted to the Galician public broadcaster

Televisión de Galicia TVG has just created its official YouTube channel. This channel has a look and feel that recalls the TVG’s corporate image, and includes a banner on the top appearing the most popular characters of the Galician public broadcaster.

The channel has been initially deployed around three playlists, one of them devoted to news clips, and the other two to the humor shows Os Tonechos and Air Galicia.

The channel can be accessed through

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Short Films and Talent Discovery

If I was asked to identify one single common strategy shared by all the institutions involved in Galician audiovisual promotion, it would be the nurturing of short films as a vehicle to promote an audiovisual culture among people, to identify new talent, and to provide tools for to-be-professionals to start curriculum building.

The Galician Audiovisual Consortium has just opened a call for participation for the Curtas 08 programme. Galician Government’s DG Audiovisual Communication funds and develops, together with the Galician Young Council, the Curtas na Rede initiative. The Galician Audiovisual Agency manages a line of capital grants to facilitate the production and promotion of short Films and develops the Cinemas Dixitais showcase.

These initiatives have associated diffusion channels that, put together, cover a broad range of opportunities to make Galician short film production visible: the Internet, alternate theatres as social and cultural centres both at urban and rural areas, hardcopy international distribution through DVD …, and last but not least, the significant increase of Galician short film participation in international festivals.

One may argue that one key diffusion instrument is missing in spite of all these instruments being deployed, namely regular movie theatres. In my opinion, it would raise issues twenty years ago, when Internet was inexistent as a diffusion medium and the only chance of making films visible was cumbersome film duplication or low quality videotape.