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Zinebi will start with seven Basque short films

The International Festival of Documentary Films and Short Films will open its 61st edition this Friday, November 8th, with the screening of seven Basque short films to compete in the Official Selection. The French filmmaker Claire Simon and the Chinese director Wang Bing will also give the Mikeldias of Honor. The Bilbao festival will last until the 15th of the month.

As usual, at the end of the event, Basque short films will be screened for the competition. Specifically, 57 short films will take part in the Official Selection of Zinebi 61, 18 fictions, 22 documentaries and 17 animations.

Among the works chosen for the competition, are made by seven Basque filmmakers, and will be screened at the Arriaga theater on Friday: 'Xulia' by Lola Olaizola (documentary), Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga's' Mateo's mother '(fiction), Jesus Mari Lazkano and Josu Venero' Ártico '(documentary), Josu Martínez's' Anti' (fiction), Ainhoa ​​Gutiérrez's' Medvedek '(documentary), Lander Ibarretxert's' Regina' and Paula Iglesias and Ana Serna's' Solo son pes' (documentary).

Also, Mrs. In an event led by the Polaroiska Artistic Collective, Claire Simon acknowledges "her commitment to the narrative and aesthetic forms of contemporary European cinema and the radical innovation of language".

In addition, Wang Bing will be recognized as "one of the most innovative contemporary filmmakers". "His look is completely original and, in a way that is both moving and completely objective, he knows how to voice people and the forgotten China in this struggle to survive," they said at the festival.

The seven short films will compete for the Grand Prix (7,000 euros), the Basque Grand Prix (6,000 euros), the Spanish Grand Prix (6,000 euros), the three genres of the competition – fiction, documentary and animation – the Mikeldi Awards (5,000 euros), See listeners-EiTB Award (3,000 euros) and SGAE-Best Basque Script Award for the Basque Council (3,000 euros).

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