1st February 2023
Basque Country Culture Film Spotlight

ZINEBI Film Festival reaches 60th edition

Bilbao’s prestigious International Festival of Documentary and Short Film (ZINEBI) marks its 60th anniversary this year, and celebrates the occasion with a full programme of productions, both fiction and factual, from around the world.

Different venues in the city host close to 140 films that cover a variety of themes and formats.

In the Official Selection 52 entries are divided into five sections that include Basque Cinema and Animation, while there are nine contenders in the ZIFF first film competition.

There’s also a special focus on shorts made by Iranian women directors while ZINEBITXIKI features two early Charlie Chaplin creations, The Immigrant (1917) and Behind the Scene (1916) – and the ‘Arte del Tiempo’ season includes 16 short videos made in the past 30 years in the Basque Country.

The new director of ZINEBI, Vanesa Fernández Guerra (L), and Bilbao councillor for culture, Nekane Alonso. (Photo courtesy Ayuntamiento de Bilbao)

Running alongside the film screenings are ZINEBIEXPRESS, a contest that gives participants 48 hours to make their own mini film from scratch, a series of masterclasses and conversations with guest directors and scriptwriters, and ZINEBI NIGHTS, a late-night programme of DJ sessions, video shows, cocktails and more.

When: 9-16 November

Where: Various venues

More info: www.zinebi.eus

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