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Jorge Perugorría, Carlos Iglesias and Rafatal will receive the City of Benalmádena award at the XX edition of Ficcab

The Councilor for Culture, Pablo Centella; and the director of the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Film Festival (FICCAB), Jaime Noguera, have announced some details about the new edition, which will be held between 4 and 6 next November.

As in every edition, the Costa del Sol festival rewards the trajectory of various personalities of the seventh art. Given the relevance of an edition like number 20, the FICCAB recovers its most international facet this year by awarding a trophy Niña de Benalmádena to one of the most iconic faces of Ibero-American cinema: the Cuban actor and director Jorge Perugorría, (Fresa y Chocolate, Guantanamera, Cachito, Bambola, Volavérunt, Reinas, Una rosa de Francia o Che, among other). Perugorría is currently in full swing after it was recently known that he will star in the first fiction produced by the platform Filmin, the serie Doctor Portuondo.

In this way, the Cuban interpreter joins the select list of international cinema figures to visit Benalmádena, which includes names such as Ken Loach, Guillermo del Toro, Jiri Menzel, Theo Angolopoulos, Richard Lester, Miguel Littin, Humberto Solás, István Szabó, Joaquim D’Almeida or Udo Kier, among other celluloid personalities.

The delivery of this award will coincide with the opening of the Festival on November 4 at the Casa de la Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel, where the restored version of Fresa y Chocolate will be screened. One day later, the FICCAB will hold a Master-Class meeting with the winner, at the Benalmádena Puerto Deportivo Nautical Club, organized in collaboration with the Kándale Films Cinematographic Campus.

At the national level, the FICCAB rewards another great of audiovisual, Carlos Iglesias, for his role as director in front of blockbusters like Un Franco, 14 pesetas, Ispansi, 2 Francos, 40 pesetas -both on the life of emigrants outside of Spain-, or titles such as La suite nupcial, which also stars.

Other professionals who received this award in previous editions were Isabel Coixet, Jaime Rosales, Koldo Serra, Manuel Martín Cuenca, Sergio Cabrera, Borja Cobeaga, David and Tristán Ulloa, or Imanol Uribe. The delivery of the Niña de Benalmádena to the Castilian-Manchego filmmaker will take place during the closing of the Festival, on November 6 at the Casa de la Cultura de Arroyo de la Miel, and will be accompanied by the screening of his most ambitious work, Ispansi.

On the other hand, the prize Cortoman, created for those creators or audiovisual companies that have stood out for trusting the short genre of cinema, this year it has fallen on the versatile from Málaga Rafael Robles ‘Rafatal’, with extensive experience in the world of short film (Larga Espera, Cita Corta, El Día Siguiente, Desconocido, ¡Manuela, el cinto!, Domicilio Habitual, Caen Piedras del Cielo, La Llave) and that jumps unambiguously from this format to the feature film (Los minutos del silencio, Navajeros, Censores y Nuevos Realizadores).

The delivery of the Niña de Benalmádena this innovative director will be held on November 5 at the Casa de la Cultura, together with the premiere in Benalmádena from his latest documentary Una isla en el desierto, where he tells how the Costa del Sol was the spearhead of modernity and a source of inspiration for cinema, literature, music, architecture and fashion.

Programming and news

A total of 1,162 works have been submitted to the short film section this year, coming, in addition to Spain, from countries such as the US, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Japan, Italy, France, Cuba, Holland, Palestine, Germany , Portugal, Iran, India or Egypt.

In total, 22 shorts have been selected, which will make up the Official Section and in which you can find the latest works by such prestigious directors as Gonzalo Suarez or Carlos Saura. Other short films are starred by renowned actors such as Alexandra Jiménez, Fele Martínez, Susana Abaitua or Nieves de Medina, or faces as popular as the protagonists of La Casa de Papel Itziar Ituño and Fernando Cayo.

In other parallel sections, you will be able to see the most outstanding of the short film scene in Portugal, through an exhibition organized in collaboration with theAgencia del Cortometraje Portugués. A sample of the winning short films of the Gibara International Film Festival, directed by the award-winning Jorge Perugorría, will also be exhibited.

It should be noted that the prizes of the short film contest awarded by the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje y Cine Alternativo de Benalmádena this year they amount to 2,000 euros and a trophy -the famous Niña de Benalmádena– in the case of the first prize, 1,000 euros and a trophy in the case of the second prize and 500 euros and a trophy for the Mejor Cortometraje malagueño, sponsored by the Cineclub Más Madera.

As a novelty, this year there will be Awards for Best Interpretation, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Soundtrack and Best Editing.

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