The XXII International Short Film Festival of Pasaia, Ikuska 2020, experienced its starting gun yesterday, marked by the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. The event, organized by the Trintxer Kulturala association and the Pasaia City Council’s Department of Culture, presents a reduced-format program.
The official competition section is developed with daily sessions that are held until Friday, at 8:00 p.m., at the Trintxerpe Mayor’s Office. Attendees can enjoy some thirty short films from countries as diverse as Macedonia, Iran or Argentina. According to the organizers, “the number of films presented has once again exceeded 3,000 registrations, which goes to show the level and recognition that Ikuska has.”
Despite its success, those responsible for the festival have been forced to introduce a series of modifications. In addition to limiting the capacity to 40 people per session, which will have to be done in advance with the invitations that are distributed for free, this year some sessions have been waived. This is the case of those referring to humor as well as intrigue and terror, as they are “incompatible” with the curfew. Nor will the traditional closing gala be held.
However, the one by Mintzagun, which tries to give visibility to short films produced in Basque, is maintained, but its development will be transferred to the euskaltegis of the Oarsoaldea region instead of movie theaters.