Les Rencontres Cinematografiques de Cerbère-Portbou, a film festival that this year marks its tenth edition, announced its winners on Sunday 5th October. The Chilean filmmaker Ignacio Agüero, one of the two guest filmmakers at the 2014 Punto de Vista International Seminar, has won two awards for his film El otro día: a special mention and an artist-in-residence position at the Hotel Bellvedere Le Rayon Vert de Cerbère, the venue for Les Rencontres, which the director must complete before the next edition of the festival, in October 2015. Greta Alfaro, a director from Navarre, who took part in the Punto de Vista Festival in 2013 as participant in the Proyecto X Films showcase, received another special mention for her short film In Ictu Oculi. Other awards were presented to Être vivant, by Emmanuel Gras, nominated by the Cinemaginaire festival (who also won an artist-in-residence prize) and Iranien, by Mehran Tamadon, nominated by Cinema du Réel.
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.