The 15th edition of the València international medium-length film festival La Cabina, was presented this week at a press conference. A total of 23 medium-length films from 12 different nations will compete in the Official and Amalgama sections, 17 of which are Spanish premieres. Antonio Ariño, former Vice Rector for Culture and Equality at the University of Valencia, will receive the Honorary Award at the festival’s opening gala which will take place at Teatre Talia on the 8th of November. The festival will run until the 18th of November.
The presentation to the media, held in the Aula Magna of the Cultural Centre, La Nau, was attended by the Vice Rector for Culture and Sport of the University of Valencia, Ester Alba; the Director General of the Institut Valencià de Cultura, Abel Guarinos; the Festival Director, Sara Mansanet; and the artist who created the trophy for La Cabina 2022, Reyes Pe.
In the presentation, Ester Alba highlighted the consolidation of the festival, promoted by the University, which includes medium-length films. “The La Cabina festival is widely recognised internationally as a promoter of young talent. It also integrates different ways of seeing the world”.
Abel Guarinos highlighted the great work that La Cabina has been doing for 15 editions of, “positioning Valencia as a benchmark in the exhibition and defence of this film format. This festival strengthens the audio-visual sector not only in Valencia but also internationally”.
The festival’s opening will be hosted by the comedian and presenter, María Juan. It will begin with the preview of the medium-length film, “The Super 8 Years”, a documentary on the recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Annie Ernaux, directed by herself and her son David Ernaux-Briot.
Reyes Pe has unveiled the trophy she has created for the films that win the awards for Best Medium-length Film in the Official Selection and Best Medium-length Film in the Amalgama section. The figure is a candle in the shape of a shoe with which, she explains, “I wanted to exalt the object, but also take the limelight away from it. With the candle I speak of time as something ephemeral”.
The University of Valencia is an essential venue for the festival as the La Nau Cultural Centre hosts Amalgama, one of the competition sections. Another of the festival’s outstanding venues is La Mutant, which will once again host the radio programme, ‘Carne Cruda on Tour’ on the 10th of November and will be the site where the Fashion films are shown. The screenings of the Official competition section, whose headquarters are La Filmoteca de València, start on Wednesday 9th November. The Inèdits section will also take place at La Filmoteca on the 15th and 16th of November. La Cabina’s closing ceremony will take place at the Auditorio Joan Placa in the Botanical Gardens.
La Cabina is committed to contemporary and modern programming, innovation and audio-visual development. That is why this year the festival has opted for ‘Word-Frame La Cabina’, a laboratory for the development of short and medium-length films, with funding from the Institution of Cinematography and Audio-Visual Arts, financed by the European Union – NextGeneration, together with the Torino Short Film Festival and the Fundación General of the University of València.
La Cabina Festival, C/Universitat, 2, 46003 Valencia
Teatre Talia, C/ dels Cavallers, 31, 46001 València
La Filmoteca, Plaça de l’Ajuntament, 17, 46002 València,
La Mutant, 24, Carrer de Joan Verdeguer, 22, 46024 València
La Nau Cultural Centre, C/ de la Universitat, 2, 46003 València
Auditorio Joan Placa, C/ de Quart, 80, 46008 València,
For tickets: Las Naves Box Office, Carrer de Joan Verdeguer, 16, 46024 València
Report by Shemaiah Rose
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