Monthly Archives: February 2016

Seventeen musical documentaries, two night concerts and a conference about videoclips, 3rd MMF’s key ingredients

  • MMF proposes 17 titles including Janis: Little Girl Blue’s release in the Canary Islands, the Oscar nominee Amy (the girl behind the name) and The Amazing Nina Simone; and the premiere of Hasta el amanecer, about Ginés Cedrés’ figure
Imagen del documental The Amazing Nina Simone

Picture of the documentary The Amazing Nina Simone

  • The schedule of this section of the festival, devoted to the musical documentary, includes live concerts at the Santa Ana Square on Friday 11 and Saturday 12, March, with groups such as Mi Capitán, Texxcoco, Fajardo, Boreals, Banadú and El Guincho
Imagen de la presentación con Junior Melo, Víctor Ordoñez y Luis Miranda (de izquierda a derecha)

Picture of the presentation with Junior Melo, Víctor Ordoñez and Luis Miranda (from left to right)

  • MMF brings Marta Puig, Lyona, one of the most contrasted creative minds in the videoclip sector, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who will offer a conference about marketing strategies in contemporary music

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Friday, February 26, 2016. The Monopol Music Festival (MMF) reaches its third edition as part of the contents of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. This section of the competition will keep its autonomy and will begin with the screening of Mavis, on Saturday, March 5.

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, supported by Cerveza Dorada Especial, presents the Monopol Music Festival’s third edition as part of the contents of the festival, which assimilates it while respecting its autonomy.

Luis Miranda, director of the Festival, and Víctor Ordóñez, director of the MMF, explained at a press conference the objectives that led them to consolidate this bond existing since the first edition of the MMF, and the contents of the third MMF.

The initiative proposes a strong film-buff and musical celebration thanks to which, for ten days, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will benefit from the Festival’s schedule and from the fresh and avant-garde selection of documentaries related to the music of the MMF, as well as from outdoor concerts by local and national artists.

MMF will bring to the Monopol Multiplex’s screens seventeen works encouraging to explore different trends and aspects of the musical genre. Among the chosen titles, these are the ones that stand out the most: Janis: Little Girl Blue, by Amy Berg, an exhaustive examination of one of the most iconic rock singers, whose national release will be within the MMF’s framework; the Oscar nominee Amy (the girl behind the name), by Asif Kapadia, which shows the fragility of a great artist who has become a legend with only two official albums released; and The Amazing Nina Simone, by Jeff L. Lieberman, a work that sheds light on the outstanding artistic achievements of the artist.

Cartel de la película Amy

Amy’s film poster

The schedule is mostly made up of films already screened at prestigious film festivals. Thus Mr. Dynamite, a work that tells James Brown’s journey from rhythm and blues to funk, by Alex Gibney, was shown at the Tribeca, Sydney and Melbourne festivals, among others; the epic of Canadian Arcade Fire in The Reflektor Tapes, by Kahlil Joseph, was at Bergen and Río de Janeiro; the controversial Finding Fela (Fela Kuti), by Alex Gibney, was screened at Sundance, Montclair, Sydney and San Sebastián; Leonard Cohen: Bird in a Wire, by Tony Palmer, was selected by the In-Edit Festival; Mavis, a Jessica Edwards’ work about the star Mavis Staples, a 75-year-old voice who refuses to come down the stage, has also been in plenty of festivals, as well as Made in Japan, by Josh Bishop, containing Tomi Fujikawa’s story, the first Japanese star in the country genre; Orion: The Man who would be King, by Jeanie Finlay, which tells the adventures of a masked man called Jimmy Ellis, who sounds and dresses like Elvis Presley and was part of the Tribeca, Nashville, Sheffield, Tallgrass and In-Edit festivals’ selection.
There will be, throughout a week, at the Monopol Multiplex’s screens, some acclaimed documentaries about artists such as Chavela Vargas, in the film El ruiseñor y la noche. Chavela Vargas canta a Lorca, by Rubén Rojo Aura, and other pieces that move between punk and rock, with works such as The Punk Singer, by Sini Anderson, about one of the most important voices in the riot grrrl movement, Kathleen Hanna, singer of the punk band Bikini Kill; and A Band Called Death, by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, about a controversial band, the Death, that was born before the Ramones and the Sex Pistols.

As usual in the MMF, the regional scene will have an important spot, with the release of Ginés Cedrés’ Hasta el amanecer, singer and leader of Los Coquillos or “Pistol”, by Lanzarote-native director José María de Páiz, and that explores the busy life of the Gomera-native drummer of bands such as Familia Real, Ataúd Vacante, Brutalizzed Kids and 13 Motos.

MMF will pay homage to two such great icons of music, recently deceased, and who had legions of followers, as David Bowie (Five Years) or Ian Fraser, leader of Motorhead (Lemmy).

Noteworthy concerts 

After bands such as Polock, Los Labios, Solo Astra, Pumuky, Egon Soda, James&Black and Red Beard, among others, there is a high-quality proposal for the MMF2016 which stands out now, and maybe tomorrow, in the national and international musical scene. This year, an energetic mixture of rock, pop, electro and hip-hop music will fill Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Santa Ana Square. Mi Capitán, Texxcoco and Fajardo will play on Friday, March 11, and El Guincho, Boreals and Banadú will close down the festival on Saturday, March 12.

El Guincho is of Gran Canaria origin and is currently presenting its third album “HiperAsia” all around the world. They make use in their new piece of a sound concept that mixes samplers, rhythms of the world and a variety of global sounds within an eclectic production.

Mi Capitán, a Barcelona-native band that is currently presenting its first long-playing record “Drenad el Sena” and which was born from the friendship of musicians belonging to groups such as Love of Lesbian, Egon Soda or Standstill. It is composed by prestigious artists such as Ricky Falkner or Julián Saldarriaga, who are undoubtedly one of this 2016 national surprises.

Boreals is a Catalan-Canarian pop and electronic quartet who has performed recently in such important festivals as FIB, BBK or Primavera Sound.

Last but not least is the MMF’s inclusion of the current music being produced in our islands, supporting the best proposals of local and regional artists without harm to any style, with a range of concerts of Fajardo, Banadú and Texxcoco, this last one being the recent winner of the prestigious contest Capital Sonora.

360º: Audiovisual and music

If musical documentary cinema constitutes one of the key points of this MMF together with the musical festival, for this edition we provide the public with a conference in which spelling out the importance 360º figures have within the music industry, stressing the audiovisual sector and highlighting the video clip as the central axis of the marketing strategies in contemporary music. To do so, we will count on the presence of Marta Puig, commonly known as Lyona, one of the sector‘s most contrasted and rising creative minds, who has produced video clips for bands such as Love of Lesbian, Amaral, Sidonie, Zahara and Lori Meyers, among many others. It will be culminated with a round table including some of the most authoritative voices in the musical and audiovisual industries in the Canary Islands.

Additionally, the organization has kept some details about the schedule that will be unveiled during the following days through its online channels, such as its webpage ( or the social networks ( y @monopolmusic).

The Film Industry Conference serves as the prelude of the auteur cinema Market and as center for the debate on the Canarian audiovisual sector

 The Film Festival, the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima and the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster (CLAC) get together to analyze the present and future of Canarian cinema

Imagen de las jornadas celebradas en 2015

Picture of the conference held in 2015

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, February 26, March. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival starts next week its 16th edition’s schedule with the holding of the 2nd Film Industry Conference, a space that serves as a prelude of the auteur cinema Market of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (Almost Finished Cinema Market, MECAS), whose birth is planned for 2017. It will be two days devoted to debates and round table discussions thanks to the collaboration between the Gran-Canaria-native festival and the recently created Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima and the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster (CLAC).

On Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3, March, the Pérez Galdós Theater will become home to the Canarian audiovisual sector with the holding of talks and round tables that will include, among others, María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry; María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general; the producers Andrés Santana and José Ángel Alayón, and, as chairmen, the International Film Festival’s director, Luis Miranda; Luis Renart, CLAC manager; and director Víctor Moreno, president of the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima. It will provide the opportunity to examine the problems concerning film funding and distribution, especially that of the least commercial cinema.

The creation of the Almost Finished Cinema Market (MECAS), whose presentation will take place the same Wednesday. March 2, at 11am, within the beginning of the 2nd film industry conference, is motivated both by its singularity in Spain and by the film industry on which this festival bets, “a cinema usually struggling with funding”, according to Luis Miranda. The MECAS will be then the space “for advanced projects in need of postproduction financial aid”, a film industry that has major difficulties to forge their way through festivals and commercial screens.

The day will carry on with Silvia Iturbe’s talk directed to producers and directors about the work of international sales agents (12:15pm), the round table about ICAA’s new lines of aid to audiovisual production (4:15pm) and to the coproduction with Europe as a challenge and an opportunity for Canarian producers (6:15pm).

The following day, Thursday, March 3, the round table “Cinema financing models in Spain”, organized by the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima, will open the second day (10:15am) and will be the presentation act of the aforementioned association. It is a public debate about the Spanish public administrations’ different cinema financing models, that is, about how to contribute to the promotion of cinema from the public and which one is the philosophy behind the different types of aid, both at a national and a regional level. The round table will be made up of María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry; María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general, Benito Herrera, head of the Andalucian Film and Visual Arts Unity; and Xurxo Chirro, Galician government’s technician (2006-2012). Furthermore, the representatives of the Canarian sector will be placed at the first row, that will be graced with the presence of Aurora Moreno Santana (Culture’s director general of the Canary Government) a Canarian Television’s representative, Ana Sánchez-Gijón (president of the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster), Andrés Santana (producer) and Víctor Moreno (president of the Canarian Filmmakers Association Microclima). The meeting will be chaired by Jairo López (filmmaker, producer, distributor and researcher) and presented by Víctor Moreno.

At 4:15pm, Peter Andermatt, from the Oficina Media España, will talk about film financing and distribution challenges at European level. Finally, at 5:15pm, the last round table will begin, dealing with independent distribution in our country: its opportunities and challenges.

There is a detailed list of the schedule, subjects and speakers below:

Wednesday, March 2:

11-11:30am: Film Market MECAS 2017 and Conference’s presentation.

12:15-2pm: “How to work with International Sales Agents: a guide to directors and producers”. Speaker: Silvia Iturbe. Presented by Luis Renart, from the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster.

4:15-5:30pm: “ICAA’s new lines of aid to audiovisual production”. María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry, and María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general. Presented by Luis Miranda, director of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival.

6:15-8pm: “Coproduction with Europe: opportunities and challenges for Canarian producers”. Round table: Andrés Santana, producer; José A. Alayón, producer; Peter Andermatt, from the Oficina Media España. Chairman: Luis Renart, from the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster.

Thursday, March 3:

10:30am-12:30pm: “Cinema financing models in Spain”, organized by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival and the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima. Speakers: María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry; María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general, Benito Herrera, head of the Andalucian Film and Visual Arts Unity; and Xurxo Chirro, Galician government’s technician (2006-2012).

4:15-5pm: “Film financing and distribution challenges at European level”. Speaker: Peter Andermatt, from the Oficina Media España.

5:15-7pm: “The distribution of independent cinema in Spain: opportunities and challenges for the new creators”. Guest distribution companies: Carlos R. Ríos, Noucinemart; Irene Visa, from Paco Poch Distribution; Jairo López, from Digital 104 Distribution. Chairman: Víctor Moreno, director.

Twelve feature films and fourteen short films make up the official competitive section of the 16th Film Festival


 The usual sections Panorama, Panorama Spain, Bande à part and Canarias Cinema will take the screens of the Monopol next Friday, March 4, from 10am on. The opening gala, which will include the screening of Playing Lecuona, will begin at 9 pm at the Pérez Galdós Theater

 On Monday, March 7, the official competition will begin at 10am at the Monopol Multiplex

 The Festival releases in the Archipelago Félix Sabroso’s last film, El tiempo de los monstruos, with the presence of its director and one of its protagonists, Pilar Castro.

 The Festival recovers private sponsorship thanks to the Cajamar Canarias Foundation


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Thursday, February 25, 2016. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival will open its sixteenth edition with the screening of Playing Lecuona, within the framework of the opening gala that will take place next Friday, March 4, at 9pm, at the Pérez Galdós Theater. Before that, screenings will begin at 10am at the Monopol Multiplex, the screenings of an edition that saves the first weekend for the competitive section Canarias Cinema, and the other non-competitive ones such as Panorama, Panorama Spain, Bande à part, The Magic Lantern, the Neo-Western: The New Frontier, and the release, in Canarias, of El tiempo de los monstruos, director Félix Sabroso’s last work.

The councilwoman for Culture of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s City Council, Encarga Galván, and the Film Festival’s director, Luis Miranda, accompanied by the Culture’s director general of the Canary Government, Aurora Moreno Santana, the Economic Development, Energy and I+D+i area’s councilman from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Raúl García Brink, together with the president of the Cajamar Canarias Foundation Juan Salvador Cerdeña Martín, organization that confirms the recovery of external support to the Festival, becoming the official sponsor of the competition, attended the presentation of the 16th Festival’s schedule.

From March 4 to 13, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will hold its annual reunion with the cinema, a reunion that adds, in 2016, the Pérez Galdós Theater as its seat for the opening gala, chaired by Elio Quiroga. It will include a special performance by Michel Camilo, and it will also release for the Festival`s audience the film Playing Lecuona, by Pavel Giroud and JuanMa Villar, next Friday, March 4, at 9pm,. A title that will bring to the capital of Gran Canaria the musician Michel Camilo, who will offer a concert in Trio on Saturday, March 5, at 9 pm, at the Pérez Galdós Theater. The tickets for attending this concert are already for sale at the Theater’s box office, their prices ranging from 35 euros at the orchestra, 25 euros at the mezzanine, 15 euros at the balcony, to 5 euros at the areas of restricted visibility.

The same Saturday, March 5, another Spanish film will be release in the Archipelago, El tiempo de los monstruos, Félix Sabroso’s first individual work, whose teaser was shown in the last edition of the festival, and which, after going to the Seville European Festival, brings the Gran-Canaria-native director back to his city accompanied by the actress Pilar Castro.

The first weekend’s schedule saves certain prominence to the Canarian section of the Festival, being this one the only competitive section scheduled for March 4, 5 and 6. Nevertheless, it will not be the only thing the audience will be able to enjoy during these three days, since a mosaic of titles belonging to the Panorama section will be seeing upon the screenings of the Monopol Multiplex, including jewels shown at other festivals, especially those works of directors who make up a group of filmmakers, comparable to the canon already established some years ago, such as Miguel Gomes, Jia Zhangke, Alexey German Jr., Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hong Sang-soo, Tsai Ming-liang and Manoel de Oliveira’s posthumous work, among others; Panorama Spain, which examines the evolution of a group of filmmakers through nine years, since the moment in which the Festival presented the cycle D-generaciones, and which leaves you with the impression, or at least the evidence, that other courses are possible; The Magic Lantern, a section, thought for the little and young film buffs, that will have this year the collaboration of the Animayo Festival; Bande à Part, a radical and rule-breaking section that fishes in works and essays that could be labeled as Art cinema; the Neo-Western cycle, which returns to the genre from disparate settings and situations; the Déjà Vu section, which pays tribute to the work of the defunct Chantal Akerman and revives three essential titles such as Chimes at Midnight, by Orson Welles, The Hunger, by Tony Scott, with a vampire-like David Bowie, and Zangiku Monogatari, by Kenji Mizoguchi; and the special session’s screening of a piece that documents Richard Leacock’s first steps into the cinema, Ricky on Leacock, by Jane Weiner.

March 7-13. Official Section

The international competition will begin on Monday, March 7 with a dozen films that offer a diverse landscape where veteran authors, who keep on exploring new territories, live together with the works of the young ones that take the risk as a rule. 11 Minutes, by Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland, Ireland 2015); Aloys, by Tobias Nölle (Switzerland, France, 2016); Behemoth, by Zhao Liang (China, France, 2015); Chant D’hiver, by Otar Iosseliani (France, Georgia, 2015); Como funcionan casi todas las cosas, by Fernando Salem (Argentina, 2015); Kaili Blues, by Gan Bin (China, 2015); La familia Chechena, by Martín Solá (Argentina, 2015); La tempestad calmada, by Omar A. Razzak (Spain, 2016); Looking for Grace, by Sue Brooks (Australia, 2015); Office, by Johnnie To (Hong Kong, China, 2015); Posto-Avançado do Progreso, by Hugo Vieira Da Silva (Portugal, 2015); and Three Stories of Love, by Ryosuke Hashiguchi (Japan, 2015), are the films fighting for the Golden Lady Harimaguada Cajamar Foundation.

The Best Short Film Award will be fought for by 14 works that show the existence of a brief cinema, auteur, too, where very different stories and ways of storytelling merge: 3 Year 3 Month Retreat, by Dechen Roder (Bhutan, 2015); 9 Days – From my Window in Aleppo, by Thomas Vroege y Floor van der Meulen (Syria, Netherlands, 2015); Dear Director, by Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, 2015); Figura, by Katarzyna Gondek (Poland, Belgium, 2015); Freud und Friends, by Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal, 2015); Jay parmi les hommes, by Zeno Graton (Belgium-France, 2015); Los barcos, by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile, Portugal, 2015); Notre Dame des Hormones, by Bertarand Mandico (France, 2015); Paulina, by Ricardo León (Peru, 2015); Personne, by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller (Germany, 2016); Rate Me, by Fyzal Boulifa (United Kingdom, 2015); The Lasting Persimmon, by Kei Chikaura (Japan, 2015); Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer, by Keina Espiñeira (Spain, 2016); and Yuyu, by Marc Johnson (USA, France, 2015).

The Freakiest Night proposes an encounter with the classic-yet-full-of-nuances-and-subtleties Horror


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, February 23, 2016. The Freakiest Night devoted to the extreme prankster cinema will take again the Monopol Multiplex on Friday night, March 11, at 11pm, with a movie marathon that will bring together the lovers of the fantastic and the horror genres. Under Jesús Palacios’ supervision, an expert on the subject, the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Film Festival will experience the sixteenth edition of the event with a range of titles challenging the public to question and to taste all the different options so that they can savor the aftertaste this selection must leave in their palates. A collection of samples that returns to the classic-yet-full-of-nuances-and-subtleties horror.

Palacios doesn’t hesitate to remind, anytime he can, that “the Gran-Canaria-native festival has been pioneer in including these sort of films within its schedule”, and adds, in his speech, that the experience is a plus. A plus that has made possible for today’s spectators from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to face with maturity and thoroughness an event that every year takes it one step further.

In 2016 the three feature films are of North American origin; thus The Invitation, a film by Karyn Kusama with certain philosophical content, and the nostalgia for the classic tale of We are Still Here, by Ted Geoghegan, are purely American productions, and the irreverent and bloody Turbo Kid, by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell, is a coproduction among USA, Canada and New Zealand.

Among the short film selection there is a Spanish film, Amor de mono, by Paulo Mosca and Abel Sánchez, which stands out for its iconoclastic humor; the Australian piece The Witching Hour, by Carl Firth, with subtle touches of gothic elegance; and the American Night of The Slasher, by Shant Hamassian, a cinephile wink to the Freakiest Night’s audience.

A cycle devoted to the Neo-Western proposes six titles that return to the genre from unexpected settings

 Jesús Palacios, coordinator of the Neo-Western: The New Frontier cycle, screening at the Monopol Multiplex since March 5, will also present the Freakiest Night’s sixteenth edition, on Friday, March 11


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival will have again one of its basic collaborators, Jesús Palacios, who will bring to the capital of the island the sixteenth edition of the Freakiest Night, on Friday, March 11, and a cycle entitled Neo-Western: The New Frontier, whose screenings will start the first weekend of the Festival.

Although Palacios himself will be the one explaining at a press conference the details of the works’ selection, the journalist and writer has already revealed that nowadays that the nostalgia for the Western has flooded not only the movie theaters’ commercial releases but also the international competitions and festivals, his proposal moves to “the return of the Western from unexpected film industries, areas, settings and mutations.” The selection is a response to the need of popular and genre cinema aimed at adult and curious spectators.

From the selected tapestry, the only American film is Bone Tomahawk, by S. Craig Zahler, a piece that “combines the revisionist Western with the cannibal horror splatter”, according to the cycle’s coordinator. Aferim!, by Radu Jude, moves the typical Wild West setting to the 19th-century Rumania, while the Canadian production El ardor, by Pablo Fendrik, moves it to the tropical jungle and the Austrian-German Das Finistere Tal (The Dark Valley), by Andreas Prochaska, presents a pale rider arriving to a little village by the Alps.

The British film Slow West, by John Maclean, and the Danish The Salvation, by Kristian Levring, revive the spaghetti western’s legacy in their respective settings.

Triana joins the International Film Festival with the competition “Triana en Corto”

 The Business Association Zona Triana announces the “First Short Film Competition 2016” that will take place during March 11, 12 and 13, at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Triana neighborhood

 Participants must complete and submit the entry formulary to before 2pm, March 9

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Friday, February 19, 2016. The Business Association Zona Triana wanted to join the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival with the “Triana en Corto First Short Film Competition”, a contest taking place strictly in the neighborhood in March 11, 12 and 13.

The works, running a maximun of 3 minutes, will be about a single topic that will be announced in March 10 by the organization. In addition to this, they will have to be shot inside the Triana area comprised among the Bravo Murillo street, the Rafael Cabrera avenue, the Primero de Mayo avenue and the Lentini street, between noon, Friday 11, and noon, Sunday 13. The works can be submitted in 16.9 or 4.3 in MPEG-4 (mp4) format.

Anybody that wishes to participate will be able to do it with as many works as possible, provided he/she submits an entry formulary per presented work to, before 2pm, March 9. 

A jury made up of an unbalanced number of people related to the Culture sphere will assess the pieces and will grant three awards carrying a cash prize of 750 euros for the first, 350 for the second and 250 for the third.
The awards ceremony will take place the same Sunday, March 13, at the Gabinete Literario, where all the participant works will be screened.

With this initiative, the Business Association Zona Triana will attempt to encourage and support cultural events so that Zona Triana could be not only a shopping place but also a cultural and leisure one.

Registration to be part of the popular jury is now open


The 16th edition of the film festival has an AUDIENCE AWARD granted by the popular jury, previously appointed, to a feature film of the OFFICIAL SECTION

It consists of 1500 euros (taxes included) for the director

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival opens from tomorrow Wednesday to next Monday, February 29, the registration to be part of its 16th edition’s popular jury, an edition that will take place between March 4 and 13, 2016.

The popular jury, made up of a maximum of 30 people, is the one in charge of granting the Audience Award to one of the feature films competing in the official section, an award that sounds out the audience opinion and that, like in the last editions, will include a prize of 1500 euros for the director.

To be part of the said jury it is required to be over 18 and to register, from tomorrow Tuesday, February 16, onwards, at the festival’s seat (Rodríguez Quegles Palacete, 4 Pérez Galdós Street, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 2pm.

Those who finally end up being selected will have to commit to attend every screening of the Official Section’s feature films, for what they will be coordinated at all times by a member of the Festival’s organization. Besides, they will have to take part in an informative meeting prior to the beginning of the Festival and, unavoidably, in the deliberation meeting, in which each and every one of them will state their Audience Award choice.

The selected members will be notified by the organization and, in case any of them could not assume the attendance commitment, the first one in the waiting list will be notified.

Twelve short films and six feature films fight for the Richard Leacock Awards of the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival

Apart from the festival’s official awards, DIGITAL 104 and the Canary Islands’ Consorcio de Exportación Audiovisual will again support the Canarian productions by providing distribution and market support to a short film and a feature film, respectively

The Canarian section takes the Monopol Multiplex as its screening seat and will be the only competitive section to be shown during the first weekend of the Festival, from March 4 to 6

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Friday, February 12, 2016.-Eigtheen Works, twelve short films and six feature films, will fight for each category’s Richard Leacock Award at the Canarian section of the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival.

The competition devoted to the cinema related to the Archipelago, named this year for the first time Canarias Cinema, will have special prominence because of being the only competitive section shown during the first weekend of the Festival, from March 4 to 6. The Canarias Cinema screenings will also change places and will return to the Monopol Multiplex, instead of the Guiniguada Theater, which held the LPA Film Canarias these past years.

Among the nearly seventy works received (fifty short films and eighteen feature films) the selection committee of the Festival has selected eighteen works entering the competition and a documentary piece which intends to analyze the current situation of the Canarian cinema by turning to recognized voices of the audiovisual in the islands. Bregando historias, by Nacho Bello, will be screened out of competition.

The Richard Leacock Awards, worth 1500 for the best short film and 3000 for the best feature film, will be awarded by the Canarias Cinema jury, made up of three recognized film professionals.

Apart from the official awards, the short films submitted to the section will compete for the distribution award granted by DIGITAL 104 Film Distribution, an honor consisting of the development of an international distribution strategy, advice, management, registration and submission to a total of 100 festivals, provided they do not have a distribution agreement with another company.

The submitted feature films will as well compete for a similar award, the International Distribution Canary Islands Connection Award, granted by the Consorcio de Exportación Audiovisual, an initiative of the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster.

Both of them join the list of awards in order to provide support to the new voices in the Canarian Cinema and facilitate their access to the traditional ways of distribution.

The short films competing in Canarias Cinema are:
Agujero, by Amaury Santana (Spain, 2015, 2 min)
Ave feliz, by Víctor Moreno (Spain, 2015, 5 min)
Desayuno con pastillas, by Zacarías de la Rosa (Spain, 2016, 10 min)
El barbero, by Francesca Philips (Spain, 2016, 27 min)
El retrato de Antonio, by Cayetana H. Cuyás (Spain, 2016, 6 min)
Fiesta de pijamas, by David Pantaleón (Spain, 2015, 8 min)
El Imperio de la Luz, by Macu Machín (Spain, 2015, 15 min)
ISFØRE, by Ayoze García (Spain, 2015, 15 min)
Juana, by Miguel G. Morales y Silvia Navarro (Spain, 2016, 8 min)
Le poids des ailes, by Marine Discazeaux (Spain, 2015, 14 min)
Náufrago sin isla, by Fernando Alcántara (Spain, 2015, 10 min)
Viejo, by Christian Lage Jiménez (Spain, 2015, 4 min)

The feature films are:
Evolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France, 2015, 81 min)
Dead Slow Ahead, by Mauro Hercé (Spain, 2015, 74 min)
Telesforo Bravo, by David Baute (Spain, 2015, 66 min)
Around Them, by Rubén Señor Cruz (Spain, 2015, 65 min)
Mar de Mármara, by Pedro García (Spain, 2015, 65 min)
Las manos, by Miguel G. Morales (Spain, 2015, 61 min)

Simone Grau, Lars Von Trier’s art director, will be at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival



Among the group of professionals teaching workshops and master classes at the Festival we find Antton Zabala, Juan Barrero, Gonzalo de Pedro, Luis Aller and Kogonada

The registration to the different scheduled activities is open from now on, and must be done by sending an email to
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Thursday, February 11, 2016.-The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, promoted by the capital’s City Council Culture department, will have Simone Grau, Antton Zabala, Juan Barrero, Gonzalo de Pedro, Luis Aller and Kogonada as the ones in charge of the workshops about different aspects of film production that will begin on March 4. Before that, from March 2 to 4, the program plans a series of debates about funding and distribution in cinema, with special attention to the films that have the hardest commercial release, to offer, as an introduction, certain Industry Days aiming at laying the foundations of the MECAS (Mercado del Cine Casi Hecho).

With these workshops the festival carries on the path opened last year with the meetings of “El cine por dentro”, for which it will count on the presence of first-class professionals. Simone Grau, responsible for the art direction and production design of plenty of films, among which stands out her connection to Lars Von Trier’s work, will give the workshop on creativity in the art direction; Antton Zabala will teach the workshop aimed at assistant directors; Juan Barrero will be the one in charge of the day devoted to the auteur cinema; Gonzalo de Pedro will talk about the audiovisual distribution in film festivals; and Luis Aller and Kogonada will offer two master classes, the first one on the sequences that has marked the history of cinema and the second one about the film essay.

In order to participate in the following activities, those interested should send an email to, indicating the name of the workshop they wish to take.

The March 4 to 6 afternoons, from 4 to 8.30pm, will be devoted to the first-person cinema, the everyday cinema, aimed at filmmakers but also at artists and authors from other fields, little wonder the eclectic spirit and curiosity have led Juan Barrero, author in charge of the workshop, to explore cinema’s relation with architecture, music or dance. A maximum of twenty people will be able to join in this encounter, which will cost 30 euros, 20 if student. 

These conferences open to different sensitivities and thoughts start off the question “what happens if we are the observed object?”, a matter that Barrero brings up, taking as reference Pasolini’s quote “for cinema to happen, it is essential a certain state of carnal fascination in front of the faces, objects, landscapes and voices one pursues.”

Juan Barrero, director of La Jungla Interior (2013), a work drinking from his experience in the making of documentaries for National Geographic, which has been at festivals all over the world and which granted him the New Waves Section Best Film Award. This author’s curriculum includes the establishment of Laberynt Films (2012) and the selection of part of his work as a photographer, editor or producer at the Cannes, Locarno, Biennale, San Sebastián, La Habana, Munich, Sao Paulo or Marseille festivals.

Antton Zabala, assistant director in films such as Cachito (1996), Los amantes del Círculo Polar (1998), AzulOscuroCasiNegro (2006), Gordos (2009), Que se mueran los feos (2010) and Primos (2011), among others, will be the one introducing and teaching the workshop dedicated both to people with experience in the film medium and to filmmakers, short-film directors and production and filmmaking students. 25 people will have the chance to participate in this workshop that will take place on March 7 and 8, from 4 to 8.30pm, and that will cost 40 euros, 20 if student. This workshop will approach the figure of the assistant director, link and coordinator between the production and directing teams. The workshop will provide the opportunity to know the keys and methods of this job from the experience of one of the best professionals in Spain.

On March 10 and 11 the workshops of the Festival will be directed to art direction, but from the creative point of view. Simone Grau, a regular in the fact sheet of Lars Von Trier’s films, leads this express course about art direction and production design directed to people who already know the field and has some experience. Other professionals interested in broadening their knowledge of this subject and who belong to other sectors such as Advertising, Theater and Television are as well invited to join in the experience.

Simone Grau will offer the workshop to a maximum of 25 participants from 10am to 1:30pm and 4 to 7:30pm. The registration cost of this workshop taught in English, with simultaneous translation, will be of 50 euros, 25 if student.

On the other hand, thanks to the SPEGC’s collaboration, the Festival will offer a workshop on distribution of audiovisual works, on March 4 and 5, from 9am to 2pm. Gonzalo de Pedro, current director of the festival and member of the Locarno schedule, as well as usual collaborator in festivals such as Distrital, Mexico; Transcinema, Peru; and FICValdivia, Chile; will be he who leads this workshop directed to filmmakers with either some work already produced or some work in development who want to understand the dynamics of the international film festival circuit.

This workshop will admit fifteen people, and its management rests upon SPEGC, which will soon indicate its cost.

Among the group of teachers this Festival will feed on we can find Kogonada, greatest exponent of a generation that explores the film essay. His videos have thousands of followers and his works, available on Vimeo, are shared in social networks. Little is known about this Korea-native author of American nationality apart from his sensibility when approaching projects that reflect his particular way of looking at cinema.

Kogonada’s short films find singularities in the different authors’ view, from Anderson’s symmetry or Kubrick’s central vanishing point to Tarantino’s low-level shots, Bresson’s tactile world and Aronofsky’s sound.

Kogonada, according to what he revealed to the Filmmaker magazine, thinks of his work as “a way of seeing”, as a response to his father’s words, who with a piece of wood in his hands told him “to look, to see.”

Finally, the Festival will have a Master Class in charge of the teacher and filmmaker Luis Aller, author of Transeúntes. Entitled The history of cinema in 5 sequences, and scheduled for next Monday, March 7, Luis Aller will explain cinema as a light-and-shadow language. The teacher of the Barcelona Bande à Part Film School will focus his explanation on the importance of compositions, angles and camera movements. To do so, he will employ some classics such as October, by Sergei M. Eisenstein; Intolerance, by D.W. Griffith; Le crime de Monsieur Lange, by Jean Renoir; Angel, by Ernst Lubitsch; Written on the Wind and Imitation of Life, both by Douglas Sirk; and the recent one Manhattan, by Woody Allen, among others.

Playing Lecuona will open the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival



The opening ceremony, for the first time in the history of the Festival, will be chaired by a filmmaker, the Canarian Elio Quiroga, and will be hold at the Pérez Galdós Theater with a special performance by Michel Camilo, member of the opening documentary’s art team

The Film Festival, hold from March 4 to 13, will include among its contents the Monopol Music Festival

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (FICLPGC) will start its sixteenth edition next Friday, March 4, with the release in the Islands of the Montreal Audience Award-winning documentary Playing Lecuona, a work by Cuban Pavel Giroud and Canarian Juanma Villar that honors the most internationally renowned Cuban music, Ernesto Lecuona.

Among the great Latin Jazz musicians taking part in the production are Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Michel Camilo, having confirmed this last one his presence in the capital of Gran Canaria because of the presentation of the title at the Festival, in which, apart from performing in the opening ceremony, will offer an extraordinary concert in Trio, in March 5, that will be included within the contents of the islander festival.

Among the new things this Film Festival will offer to its fans, there is the intention of giving the chairing of the sessions only to filmmakers, starting with an opening ceremony chaired by Gran-Canaria-native Elio Quiroga and that will take place at the Pérez Galdós Theater.

Apart from the usual sections, Official, Informative, Bande à Part, the Freakiest Night, Magic Lantern, Déjà vu, and the one devoted to the films made in the islands or by Canarian people, the Festival will again include an international competitive section for short films, will hold one of its characteristic cycles, and will add as part of the schedule the Monopol Music Festival’s content. 

The International Film Festival’s 16th edition will start officially on Friday, March 4, with some screenings, but before that, from March 2 on, it will offer to its fans a prelude consisting of a Film Industry Conference, specially directed to those professionals who are, from the Islands, creating and consolidating an industrial fabric to provide support to those productions that choose the Archipelago as part of their locations. This conference will be, in fact, the “zero edition” of a film market, whose first edition will be hold at the 2017 Festival, with the aim of providing postproduction and distribution help to advanced projects.

At the press conference held at the Rodríguez Quegles Palacete, seat of the Festival and a space that holds yearly screenings, the Culture’s city councilwoman, Encarna Galván, and the director of the Festival, Luis Miranda, explained their team’s will of providing evidence of the cinema made in the islands’ qualitative growing. In that regard they continued that, keeping in mind the starting point of a Festival that is born and endures with an inescapable calling of international nature, the local production’s quality is so important that has turned global in its natural evolution throughout these sixteen years.

Miranda highlighted that “in parallel with a long recession that gravely impacts on the cultural industries, and with the novelty of a huge increase in the arrival to the islands of foreign productions as a result of a tax-incentive policy, a number far from negligible of risk films has emerged, both personal and attentive to contemporary sensitivity, both deeply local and strange to localism’s bad habits.”

Canarias Cinema will be the only competitive section showing during the first weekend of the Festival, coexisting with other non-competitive sections and cycles. The international competition starts on Monday 7, both in the feature films (12) and short films’ categories.

This usual selection of worldwide auteur-cinema releases will be shown until March 13 at the Monopol Multiplex’s screens.

Regarding the Monopol Music Festival’s contents assimilation, those in charge promised a later meeting with Víctor Ordoñez, director of this film event, which will not be screened simultaneously but as part of the FICLPGC’s contents, keeping its brand identity and schedule’s autonomy. In any case, Miranda revealed, “unifying the production means not only benefits both teams, but also the audience.”