The festival brought together more than 6,500 spectators at the different screenings and other activities run in Pamplona from 14th to 19th March.
Punto de Vista, the international documentary film festival of Navarra, ended its latest edition on Saturday 19th March after six packed days in which it hosted the most stimulating documentary offerings in their different forms. This year began a new stage in its story under artistic director Manuel Asín and a programming committee made up of him plus Lucía Salas, Miguel Zozaya, Lur Olaizola and Pablo García Canga.
The festival, promoted by the government of Navarra and organised entirely by the public company NICDO, brought together over 6,500 attendees this year at the screenings and other activities, at the different host venues: Baluarte, Cines Golem, Museo Oteiza, Filmoteca de Navarra, Red Civivox, Civican and Katakrak. About 80% of the audience was concentrated at Baluarte, the conference centre and auditorium of Navarra, the main venue of the Festival, which at the same time continued to expand by including different venues in Pamplona in order to broaden its programme and reach out to different audiences. Also, before the festival Punto de Vista organised several workshops as part of its educational programme aimed at children and the Jóvenes Programadores x Punto de Vista sessions, an initiative whereby a group of young people were introduced to the job of programming films for a festival.
Punto de Vista attracted a total of more than 435 pass holders. This included more than 215 professionals in the audiovisual field (film-makers, artists, academics, directors and representatives of other festivals and professionals working in production, distribution or programming). The festival in Pamplona also attracted a total of 174 students from different universities and film schools including the Universidad del País Vasco, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, Universidad Pública de Navarra, ECAM (Madrid), Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de València, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad de Navarra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ECIB (Barcelona) and Máster LAV (Madrid), among others. Finally, Punto de Vista was attended by more than 60 accredited journalists from local, national and international media.
Key figures at Punto de Vista 2022
● Over 6,500 people attended the screenings and other activities at Punto de Vista 2022.
● A total of 435 people had festival passes, including professionals, students and journalists.
● Over the week more than 100 films were shown and more than 60 sessions were organised, including screenings and other activities.
● The official section was made up of 21 films from 16 different countries, including thirteen features and eight shorts, directed by twelve women film-makers and ten men.
● The films represented more than 20 countries all over the world, coming from France, the United States, Spain, Japan, Afghanistan, Italy, Argentina, Bosnia, China, Ireland, the Philippines and Cameroon, among others.
● The prizes awarded by the international jury, the X Films jury and the youth jury went to five women film-makers and one man. The grand prize for best film went to Baleh-baleh by French film-maker Pascale Bodet, while two film-makers were double prize-winners: Arantza Santesteban for 918 GAU (special audience prize for best film and special jury commendation in the best film category) and Mengqi Zhang for Self-Portrait: Fairy Tale in 47KM (Jean Vigo prize for best director and youth prize for best film).
● For the first time the festival became a family-friendly event, setting up the Red Balloon Punto de Vista play scheme, a space created over several days for children between six months and twelve years old, open to both festival pass holders and the general public. Dozens of children passed through the play scheme to have fun and learn during the festival.
This year's Punto de Vista had the best partner network ever. Institutions and stakeholders in the arts sector nationally and internationally decided to support the festival. Among them were bodies with which relations already existed from previous years such as ICAA, Acción Cultural Española through its programme for the internationalisation of Spanish culture (PICE), Centro Huarte, Pamplona city council through the Civivox network, Fundación Caja Navarra, Radio 3, Filmoteca de Navarra, Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Goethe Institut Madrid, NAPAR, Cineteca, Institut Français and Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola.
Moreover, new partners joined the festival, including Golem, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, African film festival FCAT, the Centre Cinematographique Marocain, Archivo de Navarra, Instituto Cervantes Tánger, Le Ballon Rouge, the Canadian Embassy, Filmoteca Española, Cinemateca Francesa, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cinemateca Bologna/The Film Foundation/World Cinema, Injuve and the Festival Scope platform
Finally, the participation of associations emerging from the pandemic continues, including Federación Pantalla, La Mesta and Red Ibero Fest.