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Rafatal achieves its second ‘Niña de Benalmádena’ with the Cortoman Award from the 20th Ficcab

TheFiccabcelebrated its second day yesterday, which at night reached its culmination with the presentation to Rafael Robles, better known as Rafatal, of the prestigious Cortoman award, with which in each edition the trajectory of those people or entities within the short film world.

A well-deserved recognition to this Malaga-born filmmaker, who is also a producer, scriptwriter, television director, contributor to the written press, radio and television, lover of photography -as evidenced by his countless exhibitions-, teacher, speaker and DJ, – specifically Dj Tormento is his alter ego for music-… and surely we left something in the pipeline.

And that’s how Rafatal is, a being that shines with its own light due to its inexhaustible resources and original creative proposals. In addition to its excellence on a professional level, Rafa stands out for being a great friend of his friends, he is an emotional sponge he absorbs the emotions of others into his own being, since he has that gift of intuition, depth, and at the same time that of transmitting his positivism and joy to everyone who crosses his path.

Nacho Moniche, a collaborator of his cinematographic works, could not define it better, who in his presentation stressed that “ talking about Rafatal is entering a magical world, creative and overflowing with love ”.

Moniche recalled the years of university, where in that group of eccentric students that curiously gathered every year, without intention, the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, “Rafatal already attracted attention. And not only for its exquisite and careful modernity but above all, for that way of doing so cozy and so familiar that, since you know him, it makes you feel good ”.

The cultural manager highlighted that “Rafa perfectly masters all the artistic facets in each of his works, and in each movement he manages to connect with another of his strengths: empathy. And he overflows it in his day-to-day life, and also with the characters he creates, to such an extent that the bad guy in the movie is not so bad and the good guy is not that good. He is the director par excellence ”.

He also highlightedRafatal’s love for Málaga since “while many of us have gone to seek new horizons, you have been creating them. And today, thanks to people like you, this environment continues to be one of cinema ”.

The honoree collected La Niña de Benalmádena from the hands of one of the Ficcab sponsors, José Antonio García,director of Magalux Instalaciones Eléctricas, and wanted dedicate it to the first person who received the Cortoman award: “to the memory of a great friend, great actor and beautiful person, Pepe González Rubio.”

The film work of the Málaga director  has garnered almost fifty awards andhas been exhibited on screens around the world, such as France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Morocco, India, Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina or Chile.

The man from Málaga already has two Benalmádena Girls, as he received in the XIX edition of Ficcab the award for Best Malagueño Short Film– sponsored by Cine Club Más Madera – with his work La Llave. In fact, he commented that “he was going to put them both together” and did not rule out going for a third. 

After the delivery of this award, which also had the support and congratulations, through the screen, of those colleagues – directors, actresses or writers – who could not attend the event, the public enjoyed Rafatal‘s latest work, An island in the desert. This documentary reflects how the Costa del Sol became an oasis of freedom in a Spain under the dictatorship, thanks to cinema, music, painting and architecture.

Also, throughout the afternoon of yesterday  were held the screenings of theofficial section of Short Films, where 22 shorts from all over the world participated, selected from among the more than 1000 received. The public enjoyed works from Brazil, France, Holland, Cuba and Spain, with short films directed by teachers such as Carlos Saura or Gonzalo Suarez, and interpreted by Alexandra Jiménez, Fele Martínez or some of the protagonists of La casa de papel. This screening was joined by the Portuguese short film exhibition, organized together with the Portuguese Short Film Agency, as the final touch to this second and intense Ficcabfilm day.

City of Benalmádena Management Award to Carlos Iglesias

Today Saturday will begin with a new sample of short films, in this case from the Gibara Film Festival (Cuba), which will be presented by its director Sergio Benvenuto Solás, to continue with a new ration of short films from the official section of Ficcab.

At 21.00 hours the Closing Galawith the awards ceremony for the short film contest – highlighting the award for Best Malaga Short Film, sponsored by the Cine club Más Mádera – and the delivery of the City of Benalmádena Management Award to Carlos Iglesias, actor and director of films such as Un franco, catorce pesetas or Ispansi, the film chosen to close the festival. This gala will be presented by the comedians Paco Calavera and Kikín Fernández.

The celebration moved in the evening to the Pekadox party hall in Puerto Marina.

Remember that the little ones throughout the morning today are having a great time with the film workshop held at the Arroyo de la Miel Public Library on the figure of Ray Harryhausen, the special effects magician and godfather of the technique known as Stop Motion.

In addition, until today Saturday at 7:00 p.m. an exhibition on the history of the Festival can be visited in the Auditorium of the Nautical Club. In the sample you can see from the first proposals, when it was a modest film contest, to the current moment where the Ficcab is an international reference in the world of short films.

And between one activity and another, you cannot miss the V Ruta de la Tapa de Cine, in which no less than 26 hotel establishments in Benalmádena participate, which will put all their creativity into play to combine the best of local gastronomy with some celluloid element.

All screenings and galas will be held in the recently restored Assembly Hall of the Casa de la Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel. The tickets for the short film sessions are free, and the invitations to the galas will be available, until full capacity is reached, on the same day of the gala from 5:00 p.m. in the same House of Culture. They can also be booked in the Festival mail festcinebenalmadena@yahoo.es

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