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14th Film Students Meeting at San Sebastian Film Fest

14th Film Students Meeting at San Sebastian Film Fest

Once again the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera will present the International Film Students Meeting, an event seeking to shed light on the work of
students from film schools across the world. The 193 short films submitted for this 14th Meeting represented 89 schools in
35 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, India, Iran,
Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United
Kingdom, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

The Meeting will take place at Tabakalera (Duque de Mandas, 52), from September 22 -25 after its inauguration at the European Capital of
Culture 2016 hub (Easo, 43). The selected short films will be presented at sessions open to the general public and Festival guests.

Short Film and Schools Selected 

“Black Friday”

Roxana Stroe (ROMANIA)

National University of Theatre and Film (Romania)

In the Communist era, queueing for food is something normal. After a long wait on an empty stomach,
Mihail doesn’t receive his food ration. The next day he tries to be the first in line.

“Dona i Ocell” (Woman and Bird)

Nicolás Gutiérrez Wenhammar (Spain)

Bande à Part, Escuela de Cine de Barcelona (Spain)

A young 17 year old girl finds a bird trapped in the factory where she works. She decides to take
it home and care for it, until she finally sets it free again. She starts wondering about her
decision to escape the terrible atmosphere she lives in to seek her own freedom.

“El Enemigo” (The Enemy)

Aldemar Matias (Cuba)

Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) (Cuba)

In a fumigation centre in Havana, Mayelín has the thankless task of doling out fines to citizens
who have the dengue mosquito in their homes. With a demanding boss and conflictive workers, Mayelín
will have to impose her authority to gain respect.

“Espagnol Niveau 1” (Spanish Level 1)

Guy Dessent (Belgium)

Haute École Libre de Bruxelles / INRACI (Belgium)

Víctor, a young Belgian-Uruguayan boy, returns to Belgium. In order to be able to receive his
family allowances, he has no option but to enroll in a Spanish course at level 1 and pretend not to
know a word of his mother tongue.

“Group B”

Nick Rowland (UK)

National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)

It is 1986, the peak of high-octane Group B rally driving. Known for its incredibly dangerous
off-road races, notorious lack of crowd control, and some of the most powerful and sophisticated
cars the world has ever seen.

“Kav Hebron” (Statione) 

Nitzan Zifrut (Israel)

The School of Audio and Visual Art, Sapir College (Israel)

Ruthi is stationed in Hebron. When her soldier friends ask her to spend the weekend with them she
agrees. But during their 3 days together she understands the impossibility of existing as a woman
in the military system. The realization pushes her to break her promise and reveal herself as she
really is.

“L’Offre”  (The Offer)

Mïra Pitteloud (Switzerland)

Haute école d’art et de design – Genève, Département Cinéma / Cinéma du réel (Switzerland)

Sami, a young Swiss-Algerian man, is looking for a work that would match his qualifications. He
applies for a job at the Swiss intelligence service.

“Los Pájaros Miran Hacia el Norte” (The Birds Look to the North)


Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos CUEC-UNAM (Mexico)

Miguel leaves everything he knows and loves to go and work as an illegal immigrant in the United
States. His wife Mónica suffers his absence in silence. The memories and the nostalgia are always

“Nueva Vida” (New Life)

Kiro Russo (Argentina – Bolivia)

Universidad del Cine (Argentina)

Mysteries, worries and dreams of a new life.

“Strach” (Fear)

Michal Blasko (Slovakia – Czech Republic)

The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava (Slovakia)

Marek is a young boy who witnesses a violent attack in a bus He is able to shoot the whole incident
on his cell phone, but his fear and conscience prevent him from doing the right thing.

Volando Voy (I’ll Fly Higher)

Isabel Lamberti (Netherlands)

Netherlands Film Academy (Netherlands)

Two young brothers wander around in a big empty world without a clear destination. As society rages
on around them at only a few yards distance, it couldn’t seem farther away. Together they try to
escape reality, but how do you relate to an undeniable world that you don’t seem to be part of?

“Wada'” (Prediction)

Khaled Mzher (Germany)

Deutsche Film – und Fernsehakademie Berlin (Germany)

A close relative has disappeared in the Syrian war region. Ibrahim, an instrument maker and family
man struggles with his feelings of responsibility towards his family back home. The war is
thousands of kilometres away and yet it destroys everything.

Out of competition

The Meeting will also include the out-of-competition screening of three short films. Two of them from the Atelier
Ludwigsburg-Paris, a project that fosters international collaboration and production processes. It involves the participation of
the film schools La Fémis and the Filmakademie in Baden-Württemberg:

“Fais le Mort” 

William Laboury (France – Germany)

Atelier Ludwisburg-Paris

Tom is 16 years old, and he is the whipping boy of Evan who manufactures artisanal weapons. Since
he survived the ‘spudgun experimentation’, he avoids passing by Evan’s place. Only, Evan doesn’t
want to stop already as it just started to make fun …

“French Fries”

Luzie Loose (Germany – France)

Atelier Ludwisburg-Paris

Nina is from Berlin, Fabien is from Paris and they are united by always being separated. They can
never stay in one place for a long time. Torn apart between wanderlust, self-fulfillment and
settling down they are looking for a new way to live their relationship. Fabien wants to fully
commit to Nina – but she just got offered a great job in another city.

The third one is part of the collaboration between the San Sebastian Film Festival and BioBioCine Festival Internacional de
Concepción Chile. A Festival, that as well as the Meeting does, it fosters the film students’ exchange of experiences and knowledge
in the audiovisual field.


Sebastián Palominos (Chile)

Escuela de Comunicación DuocUC (Chile)

Francesca is a transsexual in an unsteady relationship with Marcelo, who leaves her when she finds
out that he had another woman. Just then, her old friend Paula reappears in a deplorable state and
heavily pregnant. Francesca takes her into her home.


A specific jury, consisting of one student from each of the schools selected to compete and chaired by a well-known figure from the
movie world, will choose the winner of the International Film Students Meeting award, going to the director of the winning short

  1. The Panavision Award, carrying a complete camera package including RED Epic camera and Primo standard lenses
    for four weeks of filming, or a voucher worth €10,000 for renting any kind of Panavision material, for the winning director.
  2. The Freak Agency / Feelsales Award that includes the free submissions of the winner film to 50 international
    film festivals selected by the team of Freak and Worldwide sales agreement except for the school’s country of origin.
  3. The BioBioCine – Duoc UC Award, with which the winning short film of the Meeting will be directly selected to
    participate in the next edition of BioBioCine Festival Internacional Concepción Chile.
  4. The Jury will also name the three directors who will have the possibility to participate with their works in the Short Film Corner at the next Cannes Festival.

A specific jury will give the Orona Award to the most cutting-edge short film of the Meeting, with an endowment of
€ 5,000. This Jury will consist of students from Basque schools, coordinated by a professor from the Mondragon University, and
chaired by the Orona Fundazioa’s Development Director.

A representative from the TorinoFilmLab will be in charge of awarding one of the directors taking part in the Meeting with the Torino Award, with which the winner will be guaranteed attendance to a TorinoFilmLab program within 2 years
after the award is given.

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