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Formentera Film Festival celebrates short fiction in “Marmatuile” and “Gaza”, documentary on human rights abuses in Palestine

fff-clausura--1-1The Formentera Council's office of culture reports that yesterday (Sunday May 19) marked the end of the sixth Formentera Film Festival. More than three hundred fans of short films, music and art came out every night of the four-day affair.

Last night filmmakers who had submitted productions and festivalgoers sat down for the FFF awards show, and enjoyed entertainment—from the Balearic symphonic orchestra's Palma Brass Movie Themes—designed to bring cinematic music to wider audiences. The FFF organising team—Viviana Carlet, Monica Timperi, Silvio Bandinelli and Carlo Migotto—took the stage with Xènia Fuertes to emcee the ceremony.

FFF's international panel of jurors presented the award for best film to:
Marmatuile, Mexico | 2017 | 11'40” | fiction, directed by Alejandro Saevich. A comedy that combines political satire with a flair for the grotesque and...unfailingly on-point photography. The honourees received jewellery designed by Lorenzo Pepe.

FFF audiences awarded their highest honour to:
Gaza, Spain | 2018 | 18'40'' | documentary, directed by Carles Bover and Julio Pérez. A short film concerning the human rights breaches endured by Palestinians on the Gaza Strip. The honourees received a piece by Enric Majoral.

Teen jurors gave their special distinction to:
Cerdita, Spain | 2018 | 14' | fiction, directed by Carlota Martínez Pereda.
This prize was created by artist Sol Courreges Boné de la Torre

Child jurors presented their special award to:
Catherine, Belgium | 2017 | 11'51'' | animated feature, directed by Brit Raes.
This prize was created by artist Andrés Rodríguez

Collective Signatures' honourable mention went to:
Wave, Ireland | 2017 | 13' | fiction, directed by Benjamin Cleary and TJ O'Grady Peyton

FFF jurors voted to offer two productions their “honourable mention” award:

Best documentary
Raz Dwa Zero – One Two Zero
Poland | 2017 | 15' | documentary
Director: Anna Pawluczuk

Best animated documentary
Min Börda – The Burden
Sweden | 2017 | 14' | animated feature
Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr

The FFF organising team hailed the success of this year's festival and stressed efforts were already under way for the 2021 edition of the biannual gathering.

May 20, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Pitching in to clean up s'Espalmador

neteja-espalmador-xarxes-1-The environment office of the Formentera Council reports that no more space is available for Plastic Free Formentera's coastal clean-up on s'Espalmador island, Sunday May 19. Between the twenty people who will perform cleaning underwater and fifty scheduled to work on the shoreline, a total of roughly seventy islanders have signed up to take part. Volunteers will set out at 9.00am from la Savina port.

Organisers regret that not everyone who wanted to take part was able to. Approximately twenty were turned away and encouraged to come out for future clean-ups.

May 17, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Marnaton hits Formentera tomorrow

marnaton-2018-12The Formentera Council office of sport reports that the second Marnaton Formentera (Marnaton eDreams Formentera by Balèaria) will take place tomorrow, Saturday May 18. Approximately five hundred swimmers (almost two hundred more than last year) will compete in two different modules, 4K and 11K. Participants in the 11K circuit (“Volta a l'illa d'Espalmador”) will set out at 9.10am and their counterparts in the 4K circuit (“Volta a es Pas”) are scheduled to set out 10.00am. Both groups start and finish in ses Illetes, and onlookers will have space available at es Ministre.

Formentera Raid
Contenders will take part today and tomorrow in Raid Formentera, a three-part event that will see swimmer-kayaker pairs cover distances of between 6.5 and 17 kilometres as they circle the island on routes specially tailored to weather conditions.

The sporting event is part of Discover Formentera in May, a Council-backed push to stir up interest in visiting the island before and after the traditional summer season. The campaign covers the Marnaton as well, an eDreams-sponsored event with versions in Begur (June 9), Sant Feliu de Guíxols (June 29) and Cadaqués (September 14).

As with other events put on by the Formentera Council, earth smart education plays an important role, and participants are invited to collaborate in Save Posidonia Project. Organisers have pledged zero environmental impact on the ses Salines reserve.

For more info, visit: http://www.marnatonedreams.com/en/home.html

May 17, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Early registration at school of music and dance

foto escola md1The culture and education departments of the Formentera Council report that early registration is now open for the Escola de Música i Dansa. New and returning students have until June 24 to sign up to reserve a spot.

The process can be completed online at the OVAC or in person—at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or, next Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, directly at the school. Administrators will contact applicants by calling the phone number provided at the time of application, either to finalise enrolment or to schedule entrance exams.

Course offering:

Music (accredited; 8 and up):


Music (non-accredited; all ages):

Traditional Music (castañuelas, tambor and flute)
Musical Band
Initiation to Music (5, 6 and 7 years old)
Brass Band Workshops (flute, saxophone, clarinette, trumpet and trombone)

Dance (accredited; 8 and up):

Classical and Danza Española

Dance (non-accredited; all ages):

Modern Dance
Classical (adults)
Initiation to Dance (3-7 years old)

May 16, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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