The Punto de Vista Festival has reinforced its network of international delegates and this year, has created a team of four programmers who are working to extend the scope of the festival and put it in contact with film-makers from diverse geographic areas. Andrea Picard, director of Wavelengths (section of the Toronto International Festival), and who is responsible for the United States and Canada; Elena Fortes, director of the Mexican travelling documentary festival and head of Latin America, Nourddinne Ben Driss, director of the Tetouan Documentary Film Festival section, who represents us in Africa. These three professionals have joined the Festival’s delegate in Asia, Asako Fujioka, programmer, until last year, of the Yamagata Film Festival in Japan.
La casa de mi padre, the film by Francina Verdés produced by Punto de Vista within the framework of the X Films Project, could not have had a better start to its film festival tour: on 13th September, it took away the award for the Best Medium-length Documentary Film at the Alcances Documentary Film Festival. Following its visit to Cadiz, the film will be presented at the Cinespaña Festival in Toulouse this autumn (3rd-12th October), at Som Cinema in Lleida (23rd-26th October) and at Transcinema in Lima, in November.
As Guest Festival at the 2014 edition of the prestigious Russian Flahertiana Festival in Perm, Punto de Vista Festival has presented four films and given a master class to the audience and public. It presented E Agora? Lembra-me directed by Joaquim Pinto and a programme of short film consisting of El sastre/The Tailor by Óscar Pérez and El conserje/The Caretaker by Pablo Baur, Punto de Vista has filled two afternoons of the programme at the Russian event.
The next session of FOCO Punto de Vista will establish a further link between the cities of Pamplona and Bayonne, this time at the hands of film. As part of this cycle, held by the festival in conjunction with the Navarra Film Library, Punto de Vista offers a special session on Thursday, 25th September, screened at the famous L´Atalante cinema in Bayonne, a veteran venue in the independent film programme and which has always been defined for giving an opportunity to new proposals. Like the Pamplona Festival, the Bayonne venue shares its name and devotion for French film-maker, Jean Vigo, author of the mythical film called L´Atalante, responsible for coining the phrase that gives its name to our festival by paving the way for films that give priority to the “documentary point of view”.