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May 16-19, Formentera Film Festival offers all-ages selection of shorts

foto-fff-2019-1The Formentera Council's office of culture reports that from May 16 to 19, islanders can see short films, documentaries and video art as part of the sixth Formentera Film Festival. Festival screenings, which are free to attend, kick off at 8.30pm on Thursday May 16 in la Mola's plaça del Pilar and continue the next three days in Constitució square in Sant Francesc.

Fiction, animation and documentaries from around the world, Spain and the Balearic Islands
Sixty-six shorts have been submitted to this year's contest, with 26 competing in the official international contest, 21 in the children's category and 19 in a special selection of films presented in collaboration with the City of Soria's International Contest of Short Films and tailored to primary and secondary school students of the island.

Playing funk and soul, Hot Hissi's Paul Powell will be on hand to get the party going from 8.00pm on May 17 and 18. The Balearic Islands symphonic orchestra will take over on Sunday and perform “Palma Brass Movie Themes”, a selection of featured songs from film soundtracks to open the awards ceremony and film screenings.

Formentera Film welcomes directors, producers, distributors and heads of other festivals. The panel of jurors includes Belén E. Rodríguez, Francesca Carol Rolla, Juanjo Giménenez and Pascual Fernández Palermo. Local artists Enric Majoral, Lorenzo Pepe, Sol Courreges Boné and Andrés Rodríguez have been brought in to come up with prizes. Winning short films will be announced at Italy's Lago Film Fest in July 2019. Formentera Film Festival's presenters are Xènia Fuertes and Viviana Carlet.

Extra Fest
On May 19 islanders will have a chance to see this year's off-festival material: two short films shot on the island as part of the first two Collective Signatures (a local cultural initiative commissioned by Francesca Carol Rolla), Arturo Bandinelli's Walls of Limerick and, written and directed by Gonçalo Almeida, Thursday Night.

Independent productions
An Italian collective made up Alessandro Grespanm, Stefano De Marco and Niccolò Falsetti, ZERO are back on the island fresh from their praise from 48 Hour Film Project (USA). After Clichè, which the team produced as part of last year's festival, they are ready for their latest challenge: write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours...and screen it in plaça de la Constitució the closing night.

Exhibit and workshop
From May 13 to 19, the Sala d'Exposicions will host Pilar Aldea's Semblen Cordes, a selection of Aldea's photography from 2010 to 2018. Then, on Thursday May 16, a video fashioned as part of workshops with the children of la Mola's primary school will be screened in la Mola's el Pilar plaza.

This year's poster was concocted by young Italian illustrator Marta Pantaleo. Pantaleo's work finds her collaborating with big-name magazines and publishing houses and during the festival she will mastermind a live production that, when complete, will remain on the island.

Festa Formentera Film
The festival's signature party—this year a tribute to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, will take place in plaça de la Constitució on Saturday May 18. Kicking things off is a blend of electronic music and video images from Alterphase (aka Formentera native León Convalia), followed by Ibizan DJ Ángeles Blanes Noguera (Lost Angeles) and Toni Planells (Untaltoni Dj set).

CiF support
Formentera Film Festival, a project of FormenteraArt (a nonprofit formed by Silvio Bandinelli, Monica Timperi, Viviana Carlet and Carlo Migotto), is supported by the Formentera Council and receives additional assistance from the Govern balear's Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics and local business owners.

For up-to-date information on the festival, visit: http://www.formenterafilm.com/eng/

Àrea de comunicació
Formentera Council
March 21, 2019

Partnership with OCB Formentera

foto-conveni-ocb premsa1CiF president Jaume Ferrer sat down with Joan Francesc Ferrer, a representative of Obra Cultural Balear's Formentera chapter, and signed into effect a partnership with OCBF on cultural and heritage.

The partnership is designed to promote new cultural fare in 2019. OCBF can receive assistance for putting on events like:

1. Primavera de cultura. Annual programming in celebration of the Diada de Sant Jordi (April 23) including literary presentations, conferences, round-table discussions, poetry readings and more.

2. Publications aimed at fomenting culture and the island's historic and natural heritage.

3. Consulting and research assistance drawing on the OCBF's expertise as one of the island's leading cultural groups.

The Formentera Council pledges up to €8,000 to support OCBF.

The partnership deal was signed Thursday March 7 at Formentera Council headquarters.

Consell de Formentera
Àrea de Comunicació
18 de març de 2019

Council and Espai Frumentària formalise partnership

foto frumentaria conveni.jpgFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer has met with Miquel Costa, president of Espai Frumentària, to sign into effect the two entities' partnership to promote and disseminate culture in 2019.

The Council pledges support so the association can produce cultural and art programming (“El 7 a les 6”, Filmoteca, concerts and exhibits, for example), organise the “Aula de Teatre” theatre workshop and sponsor individual stage production initiatives. The Council promises to give Espai Frumentària up to €6,000 to help meet the costs of such efforts.

The partnership deal was signed Thursday March 7 in the CiF's central offices.

Partial remains of individuals shot down by pro-Franco forces placed in niche at Sant Ferran cemetery

foto acte sferran cementeri 3CiF chairman Jaume Ferrer plus Susana Labrador, who is both deputy chair and councillor of culture and patrimony, were joined by regional minister of culture, participation and sport Fanny Tur and Luis Ruiz, the chair of Eivissa and Formentera's Fòrum per a la Memòria Històrica, in attending a symbolism-charged ceremony involving the remains of five islanders killed by Franco supporters on March 1, 1937 along the back wall of the cemetery in Sant Ferran.

On Saturday March 9 at the very same cemetery, the officials handed over the remains of Jame Ferrer Ferrer, Josep Ribas Marí, Joan Tur Mayans, Jaume Serra Juan and Vicent Cardona Colomar to surviving members of the victims' families. The remains were found as part of an effort to locate, excavate and subsequently exhume a mass grave at the inside of the Sant Ferran cemetery, which is property of the Eivissa-Formentera bishopric.

Exhumation effort
Crews performed various targeted digs on and adjacent to the 125-square-metre lot (six and five, respectively) which has been used as a burial ground since 1903. Inspections inside the cemetery followed conventional wisdom about where the interred remains might lie: beside the cemetery entrance, underneath headstones built in 1956 and 1984, below another gravesite and in a portion of the cemetery without grave markers.

Popular memory again directed the probes outside the cemetery walls, conducted with the help of excavating machinery. Patches of cement found on the southeast wall served to confirm the hypothesis that holes were pocked into the walls by executioners' bullets. Four bullets were detected as well; one wedged into the wall was uncovered with the help of a metal detector.

The major discoveries emerged thanks to investigation of skeletal remains, which suggested the bodies of the five executed were at some point transported to the ossuary to make room in the cemetery for new burials, then a common practice with ageing remains.

Crews unearthed a piece of a humerus bone and two fragmented skulls bearing firearm damage not unlike others found in Civil War burial sites. The crew of specialists carried out two checks to confirm the skeletons belonged to the individuals in question. The first involved reviewing entries in the civil registry from 1991 to 1994 and confirmed the absence among the 156 deaths catalogued of any caused by impact of a projectile, which would indicate that the three bone fragments might indeed correspond to one of the five victims.

The second test involved DNA cross-checking of the remains and living relatives of the victims. Due to imperfectly preserved DNA samples, however, it was impossible to establish consanguinity. Saturday's gathering included a symbolic ceremony during which the remains of three individuals who had been shot were deposited into a niche that will be accessible to the victims' families.

Other actions
Last year on March 1, eighty-one years after the islanders were killed, a monolith with the engraved names of the five victims was unveiled in the cementery as a symbol of the effort to reclaim this portion of local historic memory.

The regional ministry of culture, participation and sport's efforts to locate and then exhume the mass grave were conducted thanks to a grant received by the Fòrum and additional support from the Formentera Council.

Published on June 16 in issue 76/2016 of the BOIB, a piece of legislation known as “Law 10/2016 (June 13)” to recover the bodies of people who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship sets out measures to ensure the protection and dignity of resting grounds of Spanish Civil War victims.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 11, 2019

Formentera Council names Punta Pedrera quarries study winner of research grant

The CiF patrimony department reports that a project titled “Cultural landscape of Formentera. Studying the dynamics of stone extraction and use throughout history” (Paisaje cultural de Formentera. Estudio de las dinámicas de explotación y uso de la piedra a lo largo de la historia) has been awarded the Formentera Council's 2018 research grant. The project will be led by Anna Artina, who holds a bachelor's in Art History and a master's in Classical Archaeology, and is currently a predoctoral researcher affiliated with Institut Catalpa d'Arqueologia Clàssica.

Nine researchers submitted grant requests to the Council. From a review based on scientific interest, coherency and methodology as well as the researchers' past experience, Artina's study emerged with the highest score. The Council's €6,000 grant will help ensure the research goes forward.

The project researchers' anticipated study of quarries in the punta de sa Pedrera area of the island is conceived as a pioneering attempt to pinpoint and grapple with the sites in a geomorphological context and detail the characteristics of stone extraction. Plans include conducting a historical and archaeological study of work processes from ancient to modern times in an effort to link manufactured stone construction, the selection of specific natural areas on the island and extraction techniques used to obtain the raw material.

From a scientific viewpoint the project is interesting because Formentera's marès (limestone) quarries constitute ethnological and archaeological heritage which has scarcely been documented and that has yet to undergo systematic study. The CiF culture and patrimony councillor hailed the initiative behind the project—“it will help thicken the texture of understanding around this part of our cultural heritage”.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 6 2019

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