By Euro Weekly News Media • 13 May 2011 • 13:13
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AUDIOVISUAL TORREVIEJA was the first step that the city has taken towards having its own Film Festival. Opening on Saturday in the Centro Cultural Virgen del Carmen, the festival featured a dozen screenings over three evenings, all short films of less than 45-minutes in length, which have all been featured at the Goya awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars.
Saturday evening started with the screening of award-winning short films, which were selected by a jury composed of four local association members of the city, Maruja López Ramos de Manos Unidas, Miguel Cano de Esperanza y Vida, Loli Herrera de Asimepp y Chelo Gutiérrez de Lucha contra el Cáncer, chaired by the Councillor of Culture, Eduardo Dolon.
The Gala attracted over 400 spectators, to the event.
The award-winning short films were:
Best Animated Short: ‘El Viaje de Said’, about a Moroccan boy crossing the Straits, and on the other side discovers that the world is not as beautiful as he had expected, by Carlos Escribano.
Best Short Fiction: ‘Salvador (Story of a daily miracle),’ dealing with a March morning (March 11), a railway car and a child playing hide and seek with his father. Abdelatif Hwidar, accepted the award.
Torrevieja’s popular artisan designed ‘Salt Boats’ were presented to the prize winners.
A few of the political parties have announced their desire to run a Film/Video Festival as part of their election proposals and interest has already been shown from International event organisers based in Torrevieja, along local themes that they hope will be popular with the populous of Torrevieja, all which bids well for the future of video production in the City of Salt.
This first edition may have a long way to go before it rivals the major Spanish festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid and San Sebastian, but it’s certainly the first step in the right direction.
By Keith Nicol
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