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You are in: Home > 2008. 56th Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Altadis-New Directors Award Jury > KOLDO ALMANDOZ
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Koldo Almandoz was born in San Sebastián in 1973. The first film that he remembers seeing in the cinema was The Jungle Book. The day after this, he walked around the dining hall at his school with a banana skin on his head: a funny way to behave for a shy quiet child. He studied journalism and opted for the audiovisual sector. He worked, among others, on the radio station, Euskadi Irratia, and the newspapers, Egunkaria, Napartheid, El País and Berria. He then moved to New York to complete his film studies; at least that is what he said in the circles he moved in. It was there that he would make his first short film, Razielen itzulera (1998), which was to have its premiere in the same year in the Zabaltegi section at the San Sebastián Festival.

Since then he has continued to produce shorts and has no intention of making a full-length film. His films include A dar ba kar (2000), Belarra (2002), Amuak (2004), Midori (2006) and Columba Palumbus (2007). He approaches his stories from a particular personal angle. They are evocative, tangential & challenging, as far as both their images and message is concerned.

He has won a great many awards and has taken part in a lot of festivals, including: the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, the Gijón and Sitges festivals (at whose opening sessions two of his films could be seen), Rotterdam, Cinemed, Ispahan, Teheran, Tangiers, G-niale Berlin, AFFF Amsterdam, Pusan Film Festival, Barranquilla, Kerala, Sydney, Rome, San Francisco, Reunión and Mexico. His films have also been screened at hundreds of festivals all over the world.

He produces his films, independently and autonomously with friends and colleagues. As well as short films, he records documentaries and works as an advertising producer. He runs the magazine, The balde, observes the tides very carefully, takes his dog Uxeta out for a walk every night and plays in a garage band.


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