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San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission is consolidated with 87 shoots in 2018 and direct investment of 4.2 million euros

2019 is set to become a historic year, with shootings like the latest Woody Allen film, or the ‘Patria’ series, by HBO, and ‘La Línea Invisible’, by Movistar.

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First meeting between Woody Allen’s production company and San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission

The production company Mediapro is considering Donostia for the new film by Woody Allen. It has held the first meeting with the San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission, analysing basic production needs (accommodation, office availability, filming permits, and so on). Ernesto Gasco, Deputy Mayor of Donostia-San Sebstián and head of the San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission said it had been a good meeting. ‘We believe San Sebastián can cater to the needs discussed. We will work to offer the best accommodation options to the film’s cast and crew. It is good news that Woody Allen is considering San Sebastián as one of the cities for his urban scenes. His choice would boost the internationalisation of our city brand,’ he added.

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French producers visit San Sebastian as guests of the San Sebastian Gipuzkoa Film Commission

Last 15 November, at Pi@, a forum and a number of bilateral meetings were held between production companies from Nouvelle-Aquitaine and companies from the local film industry in Gipuzkoa with the aim of promoting the territory of Gipuzkoa as a location for filming.

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San Sebastian Festival Awards for three films shot with the collaboration of the San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission

The winning films in this year’s 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival include three films shot by producers from San Sebastian with the collaboration of the San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission. ‘Another Day of Life’, by Kanaki Films, won the City of San Sebastian Audience Award, ‘Oreina – The Deer’, by Txintxua Films, won the Irizar Basque Film Award, and ‘Dantza’, also by Txintxua Films, was the winner of the  Lurra Award, granted by Greenpeace for its reflection of the values of environmental protection and peace.

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La vida lliure by Marc Recha wins the San Sebastian- Gipuzkoa Film Commission Award

The jury, made up of Goya Toledo (actress), José María Goenaga (co-scriptwriter of “Handia”), Bárbara Goenaga (actress), Elena Sanchez (TVE presenter specialised in films) and Carlos Barrabés (design expert) has chosen the film, “La tierra lliure’ shot on the island of Menorca, after considering that it best reflects the landscape, cultural and historical values of the place where it was shot. The film producer takes away a prize of €7,000 and €3,000 go to the Balearic Islands Film Commission, as the collaborating entity. The prize was awarded at an event held during the San Sebastian Film Festival.

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Gipuzkoa and San Sebastian partner up to promote and facilitate cinematographic production in the territory

The Provincial Council reaches an agreement with San Sebastian City Hall, through its corporation Fomento, and Provincial Development Agencies, to set up the new San Sebastian-Gipuzkoa Film Commission.

The Regional Department of Culture will provide the San Sebastian Film Commission with €100,000 to extend its services to the whole of Gipuzkoa province, creating a single portal to expedite administrative procedures and facilitate the search for film locations.

A joint study by Fomento de San Sebastián and Gipuzkoa Provincial Council has revealed that 110 audiovisual shoots were identified in 2015, corresponding to 102 different titles and filmed at 30 localities around the province of Gipuzkoa, involving a direct investment of €7,852,601 for the territory.

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Handia, winner of ten Goya Awards, is one of the films shot in San Sebastian in 2017, with the collaboration of the Film Commission

Last year, around 90 film, television and advertising projects were shot in our city, including five feature films. The film, ‘Handia’ (Giant), which was shot in different locations around the city with the collaboration of the San Sebastian Film Commission, appears on this list. The Deputy Mayor, Ernesto Gasco, has congratulated the Handia team for the 10 Goya Awards, and has taken advantage of the opportunity to point out that “we are extremely proud to have worked on the production of Handia because, with this film, San Sebastian has once more proven its solvency when it comes to undertaking projects of this type. In recent years, the city has not only been the location for shoots, but has also known how to consolidate a unique audiovisual industrial sector that is now reaping its rewards”.

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San Sebastián, major location of Allí abajo, season three

The Film Commission at the Department for Economic Development made all the necessary arrangements for scenes to be shot in districts like Igeldo or thoroughfares like Paseo de Francia. The season will draw attention to Donostia’s passion for food by choosing the Arzak restaurant as one of the settings.

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Five films shot with the help of the Film Commission at Zinemaldia this year

The films are Kalebegiak, Igelak, Esku Huts, Zip and Zap and the Captain’s Island and Surfers’ Blood. Belonging to different genres (adventure, fiction, documentary, etc.), they all had some of their scenes shot in Donostia-San Sebastián, with the support of the Film Commission (the agency at the Department for Economic Development in charge of film production permissions and institutional relations). Together, they make a sample of the city’s possibilities to tell stories in terms of locations and technical and creative capabilities. All five films will be screened at Zinemaldia this year.



Mikel Huércanos, production manager of Kalebegiak: ‘The Film Commission is always of help’

Production has not been easy: coordinating 12 short films was a difficult task. But Mikel Huércanos, the production manager of Kalebegiak – the Donostia 2016 film – is satisfied with the work done, waiting to see the final editing. We talked with him about this year’s work.