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'Three Many Weddings' and 'Stockholm' Best Pictures at FEROZ Awards

The brand new FEROZ® Awards were handed out last night in Madrid. Created by the Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España (AICE), the Gala Night was quite similar to The Golden Globes one with a wonderful Red Carpet, the dinner with nominees, associates and guests to end up applauding the first winners. Hopefully firsts of a very long list as it is our wish. Alexandra Jiménez hosted a brilliant and funny soirée directed by Paco Cabezas. Press ...

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) is the Spanish option at the Oscars®

  Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) directed by Esteban Crespo is the Spanish candidate to the Oscars® in the category of Short Film (live Action). Last year, this short film won the Goya, Spanish Academy Award, and so far has obtained more than 90 national and international  awards. Being a soldier isn't difficult: either you get used to it or they kill you. The toughest is to be able to live with your memories and go back to be yourself after doing wh...

'La Herida' wins at the XIX Jose Maria Forqué Awards

XIX José María Forqué Awards, handed out by the Association of Spanish Producers, EGEDA, are the first in the run up to the Goya® Awards. La Herida takes a little advantage winning Best Film and Best Actress, Marian Álvarez, whereas Eduard Fernández (All The Women) won the Best Actor Award. In recent years, winners of the Forqué awards ended up winning also the Goya Awards. This year, La Herida also won the Special Jury Award at the last San Seba...

Nominations to the Medallas CEC 2013

In the Spanish run up to the Goyas®,( yes, we also have lots of awards handed out before the Goyas®), may I introduce to you the nominees to the medals given out by the Circle of Cinematographic writers (Medallas CEC 2013). By now we are familiar to the names that keep repeating in every nomination list. Although in every one there is a name or the absence of it that makes the difference. Vivir es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados y Stockholm with 7 lead these nominations followed by ...

Agustin Almodovar, EGEDA´s Medalla de Oro Award

The association EGEDA announced that this year´s Gold Medal goes to the Spanish producer Agustín Almodóvar  for his talent and trajectory as a film and TV producer and for his achievement showing the Spanish Cinema around the world.  He will receive this honor during the annual Forque Awards Gala next January.  Agustin Almodovar and his brother, filmmaker and Academy Award winner Pedro Almodovar, founded their own production company, E...

Spanish comedies get most nominations at the FEROZ® Awards

      (photo: Elena Marqués) The Spanish comedies ‘Three Many Weddings’ and ‘Witching and Bitching’ have obtained  7 nominations each at the FEROZ® Awards announced today in Madrid. For the first time AICE, an association of Spanish cinematographic informers, has announced the nominations to its newly created awards: FEROZ®.  At the press conference hold this morning we have met  actress Alexandra Jiménez and director...

Nominees to the XIX Jose Maria Forque Awards

                       The Spanish race to decide the best films, directors, actors and film professionals of the year has begun. Forqué Awards, FEROZ® Awards, MEC, Gaudis, etc… all giving hints before the Goya® Awards, due in Feb 9th, 2014. On Friday, EGEDA announced the list of final candidates to the XIX Jose Maria Forqué Awards, named after one of the most important Spanish producers. A 30000€ Awa...

Spanish new FEROZ® Awards show their trophy and logo

The Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España (AICE, Spanish Cinematographic Press Association) has presented the trophy for its awards: The FEROZ® Awards. A sculpture designed by Rafael Peralta and Pablo Tardáguila with the silhouette of a masked wolf (Feroz means fierce).     3D image developed by Laura Ortega Lacasa The FEROZ® Awards are the new prizes aiming to be the Spanish reference before The Goya Awards like the Golden Globes ...

Golem Cinemas received Europa Cinema Best Entrepreneur Award

Nearly 600 professionals, mostly exhibitors but also distributors, producers and sales agents met in Athens from November 21st to 24th for the 18th Annual Conference organized by Europa Cinemas. They came from 47 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Mediterranean and South Africa, and, for the second year in a row, Europa International sales agents were present too. Exhibitors were reminded that the cinema is not only the first release window for films, but also a social and creative...

The Platino Awards

Promoted by Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales (EGEDA) and Federación Iberoamericana de Productores Cinematográficos y Audiovisuales (FIPCA), new awards were announced last week: Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano (Ibero-American  Cinema Platino Awards). Enrique Cerezo, President of EGEDA (awards organization) and Executive President of Premios Platino explained that the Platino Awards aim to be recognition to the Ibero-American film...

Spanish Cinematographic Press Association launches the Feroz Awards

The Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España (AICE) announced the creation of new awards for the Spanish films under the name of Feroz Awards. The Feroz Awards will be handed annually in a gala days before The Goya Awards. These awards would be considered like the Spanish Golden Globes… Eleven categories will be available to vote. These new awards are created by the Spanish Cinematographic Press Association, a plural group of journalists and critics fro...

The third edition of Recent Cinema from Spain kicks off in Miami

The most outstanding recent Spanish films will be shown at the Olympic Theater in Miami, November 21-24, 2013. This Seventh Art showcase will feature appearances by leading figures in the Spanish film industry, who have contributed significantly to putting "Made in Spain" productions at the vanguard of filmmaking worldwide. A GUN IN EACH HAND, Goya winner for Best Supporting Actress (Candela Peña) directed by Cesc Gay is the film chosen to open this Spanish showcase. Amaia Sa...

III Madrid Premiere Week

Madrilian Plaza de Callao will be hosting the 3rd edition of Madrid Premiere Week from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st.  One of those unmissable dates for cinema lovers and a gathering for fans. Nine films will be shown at this emblematic cinema in a will to return to those big events back in the fifties when La Gran Via in Madrid was full of cinemas, before globalization and its megastores, the same in Madrid, London, Paris or New York… MPW was officially inaugurated last Thursday ...

‘STRANGER BY THE LAKE’, by Alain Guiraudie, wins the Gold Giraldillo (SEFF)

The Seville European Film Festival, in its tenth edition, has awarded the Gold Giraldillo to Stranger by the lake (France), by Alain Guiaraudie, “for its sincere and original approach to the nature of love”. This film also won the Best Photography award for Clair Mathon. Also in the Official Section, Sacro Gra (Italy, France), directed by Gianfranco Rosi, won the Silver Giraldillo, “for capturing ordinary life with extraordinary sensitivity and humanity”, in the words of...

Vicente Aranda awarded at Gijon International Film Festival (FCX51)

Gijon International Film Festival opens tonight and it pays homage to one of the great directors and creators in Spanish cinema Vicente Aranda. The Catalan director, well known thanks to many films that have become classics in our country, such as “Lovers: A True Story, “El Lute” or “Mad Love”, will come to Gijon to receive this life time achievement award. Vicente Aranda was born in Barcelona in 1926 and grew up, as far as films are concerned, in a movement call...

Three Spanish films among the selection to the EFA

                       Los amantes pasajeros (I'm So Excited!) directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Lo imposible (The Impossible) by Juan Antonio Bayona and Blancanieves by Pablo Berger are in the list of pre-nominated films to the European Film Awards. The final list of nominees will be announced at the Seville European Film Festival (SEFF 2013) on November 9th. The EFA PEOPLE&rs...

SEFF SPECIAL X ANNIVERSARY AWARD to honor producer Antonio Pérez

Seville European Film Festival has decided, on the occasion of its X anniversary, to present an extraordinary award to the Andalusian producer Antonio Pérez Pérez (Cordoba, 1954), who has been linked to the Seville festival since its beginnings. A Board Member of the European Film Academy, he is the head of Maestranza Films, the production company with which he has made many award winning films which have also been praised by the public. These include Solas, Nadie conoce a nadie...

Paco Delgado wins the European Costume Designer Award 2013

The European Film Academy  rewarded Paco Delgado´s  work in Blancanieves  (directed by Pablo Berger) “for a costume design combining meticulous research of Spanish tradition and craft with the freedom of a gothic fairy tale.”  EFA members of the jury were: Tuomas Kantelinen, Francesco Ranieri Martinotti,  Karel Och, Simón de Santiago, Hervé Schneid, Marek Septimus Wieser and Jasmila Zbanic  Paco Delgado won the Goya for Best Wardro...

Angela Molina received the Spanish Golden Medal

                                        Spanish actress Angela Molina received early this week the Golden Medal Award (Medalla de Oro 2013).  This is an award given by the Spanish Academy of Arts and Sciences to honor a lifetime achievement career. “For being a key and essential face in the Spani...


Nabil Ayouch,Ginger Corbett,Thomas Bidegain,Nuria Vidal,Raoul Peck,Ana Torrent members of the International Jury announced the “Spikes Awards” at the 58TH Valladolid International Film Festival – SEMINCI 2013.   Golden Spike Feature-length - Tokyo kazoku by Yôji Yamada Silver Spike Feature-lenght - Run & Jump by Steph Green Best Actor Award - Zbigniew Walerys (Papusza) Best Actress Award - Nora Navas (Tots Volem el Millor Per a Ella) Best Director of Pho...

Gijon International Film Festival Jury

The 51st edition Gijon International Film Festival introduces the Jury for its Official Section. Led by famous French director Patrice Leconte, the jury includes also of Spanish actress Aida Folch, director and writer Ray Loriga, Iván Trujillo, director of Guadalajara International Film Festival and Argentinian director Pablo Giorgelli. FICX will be held between November 15 and 23 and will count of these five talented film people to decide the winner between the fifteen movies compe...

SEMINCI – 58TH Valladolid International Film Festival

The 58th SEMINCI opens tomorrow in Valladolid with Spanish director Mar Coll, Todos queremos lo major para ello and will be closed on October 26th with a documentary (out of competition) directed by Andrzei Wajda about the labor leader Lech Walesa. Javier Angulo, Valladolid International Film Festival Director on his opening letter: Lovers of independent and auteur cinema are going to really need such unique showcases as film festivals like SEMINCI can today provide. Since we always were &mda...

Seville European Film Festival 2013

The 10th edition of the Sevilla European Film Festival (SEFF 2013) will run from Nov 8 to 16. This film festival has several sections such as: Competitive a) Official Section A selection of mainly European-produced films of outstanding cinematographic quality. b) New Waves New values and/or unique sights in the contemporary European cinema. c) New Waves/Non_Fiction Full-length documentaries and films registered in the field of non-fiction. Selected works will have a duration exceeding ...

51st Gijon International Film Festival (FICX51)

The 51st edition of the Gijon International Film Festival (FICX51) will take place in this city of the North of Spain between November 15 and 23 2013. The Festival's origins date back to 1963. In the beginning it was an initiative of the CityCouncil of Gijon in co-operation with Caja de Ahorros de Asturias (nowadays Cajastur). At present both entities still co-operate with the Festival, the first as organizer and the second as sponsor. The present director, Nacho Carballo, was appointed ...


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