The eighteenth edition of the festival is to be held in Pamplona from 11th to 16th March 2024
Punto de Vista, the international documentary film festival of Navarra, backed by the government of Navarra and organised by the public company NICDO, held its seventeenth edition from 27th March to 1st April. Six days packed with offerings that drew 5,300 viewers and included the latest trends in documentary film around the world, with pieces by both established and less well-known directors whose work is worth discovering.
Film-makers like Peter Nestler, Ana Poliak, Fukuda Katsuhiko and Pascale Bodet rubbed shoulders with other important names in the Official Selection – Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel, Sharon Lockhart, Alassane Diago, Rainer Komers, Comes Chahbazian, Malena Zambrani and Peru Galbete, among others – as well as other more local figures like Deneb Martos, Oier Fuentes, Patxi Burillo, Mikele Landa and José Otero. There was also time to discover a lost film by Jean Epstein, listen to the musician from Gipuzkoa Ibon RG and consider the figure of a pioneer of scientific film, Guillermo Zúñiga.
Some of the most relevant details and aspects of this year's edition are listed below. It has just been announced that next year's edition, the eighteenth, is to take place in Pamplona from 11th to 16th March 2024.
Key figures at Punto de Vista 2023
Festival partners and synergies
Year after year, Punto de Vista continues to expand its network of institutions and players in the arts industry both nationally and internationally. This year, the festival once again enjoyed the support of ICAA, Acción Cultural Española, Centro Huarte, Pamplona city council through the Civivox network, Fundación Caja Navarra, Radio 3, Filmoteca y Biblioteca de Navarra, Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Goethe-Institut, Golem, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Filmoteca Española, NAPAR, Cineteca, Institut Français, the Portuguese embassy, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and the Festival Scope platform.
Moreover, this year new partners joined or collaborated again with the festival, including Instituto Navarro de la Juventud, Carné Joven, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Filmoteca Valenciana CGAI, CCCB, Deutsche Kinemathek, the Argentinian embassy, Courtisane Festival, EiTB, Navarra Music Commission and DokLab Navarra.
Following the festival two of its programmes are to tour different arts venues around the country. After featuring in Punto de Vista, the Peter Nestler retrospective is also being shown in Barcelona (Filmoteca de Catalunya), Madrid (Cineteca), Coruña (CGAI) and Valencia (Filmoteca de Valencia). In the case of the focus on Ana Poliak, it has visited Madrid (Filmoteca Española) and Barcelona (Filmoteca de Catalunya).
Finally, it should be pointed out that the festival continued its efforts to foster professional networks, with activities organised by the bodies of which it is a member, including Federación Pantalla, La Mesta, Red IberoFest and Navarra Film Industry; and set up meetings and working sessions through projects like Doklab, and associations like NAPAR, CIMA and (H)emen.
Punto de Vista: a responsible festival
Punto de Vista sets out to be a socially responsible cultural event. This is why, gradually and year after year, it seeks to improve the impact it has in different areas.
On the one hand, the festival is aware of the need for all individuals, institutions and organisations to commit to environmental sustainability. This year audiences and guests at the festival were encouraged to try to be more sustainable, through specific measures in which they could take part. In 2022 we started to identify our biggest impacts, working hand in hand with environmental experts, with a view to reducing them. We also support the local economy through cooperation agreements with local suppliers and establishments in different areas.
Moreover, Punto de Vista has been a festival attentive to the need to ensure real gender equality in its field of action. The need to programme films made by both male and female directors, use inclusive language and highlight women film-makers whose work has not been sufficiently recognised forms part of Punto de Vista's everyday work.
Finally, the festival worked for the second year to be a family-friendly event with the Punto de Vista Playscheme: The Red Balloon. This gave the 2023 event a place for children between six months and twelve years old, open to staff, festival pass holders and the general public over several days of the festival. This initiative, set up jointly with CIMA, the association of women film-makers and audiovisual media, together with the Parenting at Film Festivals group, was run by Ludoteka Zorionak Kids & Party.