As in every edition, the Costa del Sol festival rewards the trajectory of various personalities of the Seventh Art. “Given the importance of an edition like number 20, this year the FICCAB recovers its most international facet this year by awarding a ‘Niña de Benalmádena’ trophy to one of the most iconic faces of Ibero-American cinema: Cuban actor and director Jorge Perugorría, (Strawberry and Chocolate, Guantanamera, Cachito, Bambola, Volavérunt, Reinas, Una rosa de Francia. Che…) of the present time after being known recently that he will star in the first fiction produced by the Filmin platform, the series Doctor Portuondo ”, Centella has announced.
Thus, the Cuban interpreter joins the select list of international cinema figures to visit Benalmádena, which includes names such as Ken Loach, Guillermo del Toro, Jiri Menzel, Theo Angolopoulos, Richard Lester, Miguel Littin, Humberto Solás, István Szabó, Joaquim D’Almeida or Udo Kier ”, recalled Jaime Noguera.
The delivery of this award will coincide with the opening of the Festival on November 4 at the Casa de la Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel, and where the restored version of Strawberry and Chocolate will be screened. One day later, the FICCAB will hold a Master-Class Meeting with the winner at the Club Nautico del Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena, organized in collaboration with the Kándale Films Cinematographic Campus. For more information, those interested can write to the email HYPERLINK «mailto:»
“Already at the national level, the FICCAB awards another audiovisual great, Carlos Iglesias, for his role as director at the forefront of blockbusters such as Un Franco, 14 pesetas, Ispansi, 2 Francs, 40 pesetas (both on the lives of emigrants abroad). from Spain) or titles such as The Bridal Suite, which also stars ”, Centella has advanced.
Other professionals who received this award in previous editions were Isabel Coixet, Jaime Rosales, Koldo Serra, Manuel Martín Cuenca, Sergio Cabrera, Borja Cobeaga, David and Tristán Ulloa, or Imanol Uribe. The delivery of the Niña de Benalmádena to the Castilian-Manchego filmmaker will take place during the closing of the Festival, on November 6 at the Casa de la Cultura de Arroyo de la Miel, and will be accompanied by the screening of his most ambitious work, “Ispansi”.
“In addition, the Cortoman award, created for those creators or audiovisual companies that have stood out for trusting the short film genre, this year went to the versatile Malaga-born Rafael Robles ‘Rafatal’, with extensive experience in the world of short film (Long Wait, Short Appointment, The Next Day, Unknown, Manuela, the belt !, Habitual Address, Piedras del Cielo, La Llave) and that jumps unambiguously from this format to the feature film (The minutes of silence, Navajeros, Censores and New Directors) ”, said the councilor.
The delivery of the Niña de Benalmádena to this innovative director will take place on November 5 at the Casa de la Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel, together with the premiere in Benalmádena of his latest documentary An island in the desert, where he narrates how the Coast del Sol was the spearhead of modernity and a source of inspiration for Cinema, Literature, Music, Architecture and Fashion …
A total of 1,162 works have been submitted this year to the section of short films in competition, coming from, in addition to Spain, countries such as the US, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Japan, Italy, France, Cuba, Holland, Palestine, Germany , Portugal, Iran, India or Egypt.
Among these they have selected 22 shorts that will make up the Official Section and in which you can find the latest works by such prestigious directors as Gonzalo Suarez or Carlos Saura. Other short films star renowned actors such as Alexandra Jiménez, Fele Martínez, Susana Abaitua or Nieves de Medina, or faces as popular as the protagonists of La Casa de Papel Itziar Ituño and Fernando Cayo.
In other parallel sections, it will be possible to view the highlights of the Panorama of the Short Film in Portugal, through an exhibition organized in collaboration with the Portuguese Short Film Agency. A sample of the winning short films of the Gibara International Film Festival, directed by the award-winning Jorge Perugorría, will also be shown.

It should be noted that the prizes of the short film contest awarded by the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Film Festival amount this year to € 2,000 and a trophy (the famous “Niña de Benalmádena”) in the case of the First Prize, € 1,000 and a trophy in the case of the Second Prize and € 500 and a trophy for the Best Short Film from Malaga, sponsored by the Cineclub Más Madera. As a novelty, this year there will be Awards for Best Interpretation, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Soundtrack and Best Editing.

This year, the sponsors of the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Film Festival are, in addition to the Benalmádena City Council, the Puerto Deportivo, the Magalux comprehensive services company, the Benalmádena municipal water company Emabesa and the Más Madera Cineclub.

As collaborating companies, restaurants such as Los Mellizos, Casa Rafael, Ocampo, De Carnes, Chef Vicantan, La Despensa del Mar or Restaurante Perujo stand out.

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