Five films programmed at San Sebastian Festival’s 71th edition will compete this year for the Cooperación Española Award given by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), an organisation dependent upon the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. The accolade goes every year, since 2015, to the producer of the Ibero-American film (including Spanish and Portuguese films) making the best contribution to human development, the eradication of poverty and the full exercising of human rights.
Enric-Sol Brines i Gómez, Director of Communication of the AECID, will lead the jury, which is completed by Xabier Díaz de Cerio, a journalist from San Sebastián based in Peru, and Ana Garayalde, a technician in the Human Rights department of the San Sebastián City Council.
The Cooperación Española Award goes to an Ibero-American film screened in the Official Selection, New Directors or Horizontes Latinos. Its objective is to strengthen the commitment to work jointly with the Ibero-American audiovisual industry in order to promote new talents, stimulate the production of film projects, disseminate the values of development cooperation and boost commercialisation and internationalisation of the films. In its ninth edition, result of the collaboration between San Sebastian Festival and AECID, the award comes with a prize of 10,000 euros.
The Cooperación Española Award will be announced on September 30 at the closing gala in the Kursaal.
Candidate films for the IX Spanish Cooperation Award
Two of the candidates, El sueño de la sultana / Sultana’s Dream (Spain-Germany), by Isabel Herguera, and Puan (Argentina-Italy-Germany-France-Brazil), by María Alché and Benjamín Naishtat, come from the Official Selection, while La estrella azul / The Blue Star (Spain-Argentina), by Javier Macipe, is included in the New Directors section. The others will participate in the Horizontes Latinos section: El eco / The Echo (Mexico-Germany), by Tatiana Huezo, and Los colonos / The Settlers (Chile-Argentina-UK-Taiwan-France-Denmark-Sweden), by Felipe Gálvez.