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San Sebastian Festival’s New Directors to Launch Independently

San Sebastian Festival's New Directors to Launch Independently

The Zabaltegi Section’s New Directors category at San Sebastian Festival will go independent for its 60th edition. It will now function simply as the New Directors section.

The section showcases first and second films from directors worldwide. The participants compete for the Kuxta-New Directors Award which includes a cash prize of more than €90,000 ($116,487).

Directors featured in this section in previous years include David O. Russell, Lee Daniels, Nicolas Winding Refn, Bong Joon-ho and Danny Boyle.

Full press release below:

The San Sebastian Festival New Directors competition goes independent

The Section offers the Kutxa-New Directors award with its cash prize of €90,000

As of the 60th edition, the Zabaltegi Section’s New Directors category at San Sebastian Festival will take off independently as the New Directors Section. As usual, the Section will continue to function as a showcase for first and second films by filmmakers worldwide.

The participants will compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award, including a cash prize of €90,000 for the director and distributor of the film in Spain. The Award can only be granted to films selected in this section, and not to first and second films presented in other Festival sections.

Every year since its creation, the New Directors section has seen around twenty promising filmmakers compete with their first movies. Films programmed in this section have included the first works by directors who have gone on to make an international name for themselves, like Olivier Assayas, Agustín Villaronga, Ixabel Coixet, Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Tsai Ming-liang, Danny Boyle, David O. Russell, Agustín Díaz Yanes, Hans Petter Moland, Nicolas Winding Refn, Juan José Campanella, Simon Staho, Laurent Cantet, Bong Joon-ho, Achero Mañas, Tom McCarthy, Lee Daniels, Javier Rebollo, Hana Makhmalbaf and Judith Colell, among others.

Thanks to this initiative raising the profile and visibility of the section, the San Sebastian Festival underlines its focus on new talents from the international film world, added to its intention to place greater importance on their films and promote their distribution in our country.

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