The Councilor for Culture, Pablo Centella; and the director of the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Film Festival (FICCAB), Jaime Noguera, have presented the poster and have announced some details about the new edition of the festival, which is scheduled to take place between 4 and 6 next November.
This year a total of 1,162 works have been presented, coming from, in addition to Spain, countries such as the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Japan, Italy, France, Cuba, Holland, Palestine, Germany, Portugal, Iran, India or Egypt. In total, 22 shorts have been selected for the competition section of the festival.
For his part, the Councilor for Culture, Pablo Centella, has announced that in the official section we can find the latest works by such prestigious directors as Gonzalo Suarez or Carlos Saura, whose short film has recently opened the San Sebastian Festival. Other short films star 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, according to sources from the Ficcab.
The festival also features works from France, Holland, Brazil and Cuba, as well as part of the highlights of the Spanish short film scene. Among the finalist works you can find documentaries as original as Mula, which, through animation, highlights the story of three people convicted of drug trafficking, or Mi querida calle San Juan, a play about the Malaga actor Lucio Romero. This short film is also up for the Best Short Malagueño Award, along with Argumosa 11,25 horses, recently awarded at the Malaga Festival, At Lastwith Dafne Fernández, and Mi Condición, with Noemi Ruiz and Jaime Ordoñez, has detailed the director of the festival, Jaime Noguera.
On the theme of the selected works, the shorts deal with topics as diverse as workplace harassment, mistreatment, homosexuality or sexualization of women, relationships between parents and children, among others. In other words, lovers of the seventh art will be able to find everything from terror to comedy, through social denunciation and beautiful love stories, to experimental animation works with a subfund denouncing the Spanish Civil War.
It should be noted that the awards given by the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Film Festival amount to 2,000 euros this year 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 Best Malaga Short Film, sponsored by the Más Madera cinema club. As a novelty, this year there will be Awards for Best Interpretation, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Soundtrack and Best Editing.
On the other hand, the Independent Cultural Association of Benalmádena (ACIBE), which coordinates the Festival, will soon announce the rest of the FICCAB programming, as well as its City of Benalmádena Awards, which recognize the work of well-known personalities both by the industry and by the general public.
Ole Benalmádena dedicated a few days ago a report to this festival in which he revealed the ins and outs and anecdotes around its birth two decades ago.