The short film competition will maintain its usual format of physical attendance, with screenings from September 21-23.
San Sebastian Festival’s international competition has announced that its Nest film competition has selected 13 short films to participate in its 19th edition.
The selection was made from 348 submissions received from 165 schools in 49 countries. The chosen works, seven signed by male filmmakers and six by female filmmakers, come from schools in Argentina, Cuba, Germany, India, Spain, the UK and the USA.
Organised by the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, Nest aims to shed light on the works of students at film schools across the world. This year, the short film competition will maintain its usual format of physical attendance, with screenings from September 21-23.
For the second year running, Nest will include a short film presented by the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), the school promoted by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa with the backing of the Festival, Tabakalera and the Filmoteca Vasca. It is entitled Ella i jo and is directed by Jaume Claret Muxart (Sant Cugat del Vallès, 1998).
A renowned personality from the world of film will chair the jury which will be made up of three winning students from the last editions. The jury will decide the winner of Nest Best Short Film Award, sponsored by Orona Fundazioa, from among the thirteen works presented. The award, going to the director of the chosen project, comes with $11,800.
This edition’s New Directors section will host the premiere of La última primavera (Last Days of Spring), the feature film debut from Isabel Lamberti, a filmmaker born in Germany and raised in Spain and the Netherlands, who won the Nest Torino Award in 2015.
New Directors will also include Chupacabra, by the Russian filmmaker Grigory Kolomytsev, who participated in Nest in 2016 and 2018 and was also a participant in the Ikusmira Berriak residencies in 2018. Last year, it was the Israeli filmmaker Oren Gerner who competed in New Directors with Africa five years after his success at Nest with Greenland, his graduation film.
On the other hand, Tabakalera will screen, in loop format, the short films which have won Nest section awards in recent years. The works can be watched on the screen set up in the Medialab, the Tabakalera service housing both the creation library and the digital culture and technology laboratory.
All of the short films to have participated in the section are digitised and archived at the Medialab, where they are available for consultation by all library users.