The festival director, Javier Martos, was especially grateful for the support of the Casares City Council, which year after year remains the main sponsor in a firm commitment to culture. He also thanked Finca Cortesín, which, in addition to the sponsorship of other years, awards in this edition two economic prizes for the best fiction feature film and the best documentary. Martos also noted the effort that the entire organization team has made to recover a program as complete as possible, but that continues to comply with sanitary regulations.
José Antonio Valencia, as head of programming, pointed out that even though the entire cultural sector had gone through a difficult year 2020, Andalusian film production has managed to overcome this difficult scenario, given that 60 fiction and documentary feature films have been received to participate in the official sections. As in past editions, 5 fiction feature films and 4 documentaries will be screened, all of them shot or released in 2020 or 2021, one of them being a preview.

The documentaries that will be screened are “Antonio Machado. Los Días Azules “, by Laura Hojman (Monday, October 4),” Cachita. La Esclavitud Borrada ”, by Álvaro Begines (Wednesday, October 6),“ Callejeras ”, by Silvia Moreno (Thursday, October 7) and“ An Island in the Desert ”, by Rafael Robles Rafatal (Friday, October 8).
Among the selected feature films are “Juana La Lorca”, by Valeriano López Domínguez (Monday, October 4), “The Nightmares of Alberto Soto”, by Miguel A. Almanza (Tuesday, October 5), “El Inconveniente”, by Bernabé Rico (Wednesday, October 6), “La Mancha Negra”, by Enrique García (Thursday, October 7) and “La Vida era eso”, by David Martín de los Santos (Friday, October 8).
This year it will also be possible to enjoy on the big screen the short films awarded in the Andalusian Short Film Competition, the 2020 edition of the festival, which was held online. And like every year, one of the most popular sessions is the one on Tuesday afternoon, when the creations of the Short Express Contest are screened, which have been filming in Casares in 48 hours since mid-September, and can still be performed until September 30th.

The Festival continues to dedicate a complete section to training. Throughout its 8 editions, this event has brought to Casares great professionals such as Mariano Barroso, Rafael Cobos, Benito Zambrano, Chus Gutiérrez and Alberto Rodríguez to offer high-level training. In this edition, it will feature the director and screenwriter Jorge Laplace, known for award-winning titles such as “30 years of darkness”, “21 shots” or the Amazon Prime series “Carolina Marín, who is going to teach a course on documentaries for international platforms. October 5-7.
And he also dedicates a space to introduce the youngest to the audiovisual world, this year with the talk “Animatronics, creating creatures for the cinema”, which he teaches in institutes in the region (Manilva, Estepona, San Pedro de Alcántara and Marbella) Javier Coronilla, animatronics designer who has well-known titles in his filmography such as “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” (2015), “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” (2017), “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker ”(2019),“ Rogue One ”(2016),“ A Monster is coming to see me ”(2016),“ The return of Mary Poppins ”(2018) or“ The Dark Crystal: the age of resistance ”(2019 ).

Camera Obscura 2021
In addition, the contest brings to Casares a retrospective exhibition of the 2016-2020 photography contest that can be seen every afternoon at its headquarters at the Blas Infante Cultural Center.
And as every year, the New Andalusian Cinema Festival will award the 2021 Camera Obscura award, which this year goes to Juan Sebastián Bollaín, a self-taught filmmaker who has created his own language away from the commercial rules of the industry.

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