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Formentera Film wraps 5 days of all-ages screenings

foto 2021 FF EAfter five days of festivities and three nights of official selections screened at Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució, islanders have bid farewell to the latest edition of Formentera Film. The festival featured 22 international entries (two from Balears) spanning fiction, documentary film and animation, before culminating with a ceremony and awards gala on Saturday 15 May to honour multiple winners. On the jury of four women and one man were Spanish and international filmmakers Àngela Bosch, Vicka Duran, Irene Moray, Cris Wiegandt and Carlos Bover.

Alexandre Siqueira's Purpleboy won Jury Selection for Best Short Film.
Thomas Woodroffe's Fiebre Austral and Álvaro Carmona's El Tratamiento won Special Jury Mention.
Carmen Córdoba González's Roberto won Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film.
Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe's Lost & Found won the Children’s Selection for Best Short Film.
Miguel Parra's (A)NORMAL won Audience Pick for Best Short Film. Parra attended the FF gala.
Bruno Collet's Memorable won Audience Pick for Best Animation.

FF prizes were crafted by artists Lorenzo Pepe, Simona Colzi, Andrés Rodríguez, Raquel Caramazana Bocanegra, Sol Courrèges Boné, Enric Majoral and Fran Lucas.

Organisers opted for an entirely in-person format even, as FF director Monica Timperi pointed out, “in times as tricky as these, when most other festivals have gone online”. But nightly screenings at the Sala de Cultura—Cinema never failed to draw enthusiastic, maximum-capacity crowds.

Child- and teen-friendly features ensured younger audiences enjoyed a place at the festival too — as did pleasant weather. The result? “Guests, filmmakers, the jury and the festival team were able to enjoy the complete artistic experience”, beamed Timpieri, noting that efforts were already under way to get the 2023 Formentera Film up and running.

17 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Maribel Escandell’s “Atles Metafísic” opens Monday

cartell 2021 atlesThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that Monday 17 May marks the opening of Atles Metafísic. From the creative mind of Formentera’s own Maribel Escandell, the exhibition is a visual journey emanating from reflections on all that lies beyond our understanding and occupies the deepest layers of our existence. Escandell affirms the project was borne of the need to observe man’s relationship with the Universe.

The display comprises some twenty variously-sized pieces of acrylic on canvas. Language is an important part of the creative process of the artist, who also exhibits several poetic objects she considers conceptually essential.

Atles Metafísic can be seen at “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday (18-29 May 2021, Monday mornings closed). An opening will be held at 6.00pm on Monday 17 May.

14 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Film Festival’s Wednesday kick-off comes with 5 days of free all-ages screenings

cartell 2021 FormenteraFilmThe Consell de Formentera reports the Formentera Film Festival 2021 will take place between Wednesday 12 and Sunday 16 May. 8.30pm screenings will be staged at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) from Wednesday to Friday, followed by an awards ceremony/gala on Saturday evening and, Sunday afternoon, the official children’s selection. Admission at all screenings is free of charge, with limited seating but no need to book in advance.

News that this year’s Formentera Film would be fully in-person comes as other festivals have remained exclusively online affairs. FF directors Monica Timperi, Silvio Bandinelli, Viviana Carlet and Carlo Migotto say the face-to-face format was “very important”: “Formentera is the reason this festival exists. The event was conceived mainly for islanders, young people, kids and tourists who visit the island before the start of summer”.

The historically off-season event is backed by the Formentera Department of Culture and Office of Tourism. FF’s aim, says Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer, is to “give the island and our visitors something extra. FF activities, namely the contest of shorts, documentaries and video art, are about enriching the local cultural scene and improving the experience of our visitors”. Ferrer described “the symbiosis between Formentera Film and the island’s youth, who are increasingly involved in the all-ages event”.

Official selection
8.30pm screenings of official selections will take place 12–14 May: twenty-two international shorts, including two from the Balearic Islands, span fiction, documentary film and animation. The complete programme can be found at https://www.formenterafilm.com.

Xenia Fuertes and Viviana Carlet are FF’s 2021 presenters. Sitting for screenings of their shorts will be Laia Foguet (director, Ca nostra), Miguel Parra (director, (A)normal) and Toni Payeras (director of photography, Ulisses). Pilar Aldea will attend the ExtraFest screening of her short film Edèn, scheduled Wednesday 12 May.

Awards ceremony
The FF awards gala will be held the evening of Saturday 15 May. Among the seven local artists participating in the gala are veteran FF collaborators Enric Majoral, Lorenzo Pepe, Sol Courrèges Boné and Andrés Rodríguez, plus newcomers Raquel Caramazana Bocanegra, Fran Lucas Simón and Simona Colzi.

Kids’ selection
FF’s children’s selection will be screened at 6.00pm, Sunday 16 May. Filmmakers Aitor Herrero (Toc), Laura Perissinotto (Dinosaur in the garden) and Marcos Martín Muñoz (Morgan, la orca valiente) will be on hand as well, with winners announced from 8.00pm.

Jury of four women and one man
Àngela Bosch is an executive member of the European Film Academy. Actress and creator Vicka Duran helms Con Fest and directed the short film Entrar en el armario (ExtraFest screening: evening of 13 May). Irene Moray is a photographer and the director of Suc de síndria (winner of Gaudí for ‘Best Short Film’ and Goya ‘Best Fictional Short’—ExtraFest screening: evening of 15 May). Cris Wiegandt is an award-winning director and animation designer. Carlos Bover directed the FF2019 audience pick, the documentary Gaza.

Youth collaboration
FF’s commitment to Formentera youth continues in 2021. On 1 May, the island’s youth drop-in centre provided the backdrop for a screening of seven submissions to this year’s FF Youth, not to mention the premiere of a street dance video produced by FF and Casal de Joves. And on 12 and 13 May, FF will invite year-two ESO and baccalaureate students at IES Marc Ferrer to two online conferences.

Formentera resident Frederic Córdoba Shwanemberg and David Diéguez Redondo will lead the conferences. The two are associates of KOTOC, creator of the famous GORMITI. “Creating and telling stories has taught us to fight for our dreams”, they say, “and transmitting that passion is what drives us day-in day-out, project after project. KOTOC started out in 2006 and grew out of the desire to create and tell stories. Since then, the team has specialised in creating and producing intellectual property”.

Gathering of professionals
From 11.30am on Friday 14 May, Formentera’s Centre d’Esports Nàutics will host a professional meeting to be attended by various festival directors.

FF2021 receives additional support from Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics (Govern balear), Casal de Joves, Lago Film Fest, Mediterránea Pitiusa, MotoRent Pujols, Proauto rent a car, Flipper, Can Toni, Save Posidonia Project and Ràdio Illa.

10 May 2019
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Beni Trutmann contest celebrates photographers and displays winning submissions

foto 2021 BeniT AThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that prizes were distributed yesterday for the 18th Beni Trutmann photography contest. Fifty-one participants shared 139 photographs across the different categories. Black and white, colour and social justice categories saw 21 adepts submitting 61 of their best shots, while the category of smartphone snaps received another thirty contenders’ 78 photographs.

Victoria Gibert won first prize in the colour category for her photograph of the erosion-sculpted sandstone so characteristic of the local coastline. The artist claims visions of sand giants, hammer and chisel in hand, were clear to her as she shot the winning submission. Second-place winner Marcos Colomar Verdera describes his entry as a tribute to his güelo (grandfather), who, at 90, still makes esparto grass baskets with the same enthusiasm as when he was a boy. Josep López Vañó’s third-prize photograph was taken in Punta Prima as the artist searched for the perfect spot for wintertime squid-fishing.

Black and white
First prize in the black and white category went to Wolfgang Wicher for a photo he took in 1965 at age 14 on his first trip to Formentera. In the foreground, Toni, a fisherman, prepares for one of his daily outings. Pictured in Javier Sánchez Gómiz’s second-place-winning entry is a dry dock in Es Caló on one of those cloudy, half-rainy winter days. Joan Ribas scored his third-place win after zooming in on the hands of his mother, making bread the traditional way.

Josep López Vañó came away winner in the contest’s politically-engaged category for an image of a mask at the bottom of the sea. Vañó determined to capture the shot after an experience last August, when he counted a total of 24 discarded masks on his 2.5km journey from home to work. No second or third prizes were awarded.

Winning entries in colour, black and white and social justice categories scored photographers €500 (first prize), €300 (second prize) and €200 (third prize).

Winning youth contenders in the smartphone shots category were Jana Yern Majoral won first prize, with second and third prizes going to Ana Córdoba Mures and Aya Assadbuuh, respectively. They won a Kodak Friendly Zoom FZ201 digital camera (first prize), a Kodak Pixpro FZ53 digital camera (second) and a Sunstech Andrenaline sports camera (third).

Winning photographs and selected other submissions can be seen in the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space, 4–15 May, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, except on Monday mornings and Sundays, when the gallery is closed.

Culture chief Susana Labrador encouraged islanders to check out the display and thanked participants for submissions, insisting, “Each one is the perfect reminder of what this contest is all about”. The Beni Trutmann photo competition was originally conceived as an homage to the brilliant Swiss photographer who left the island with an archive of more than thirty thousand prints reflecting a deep love of Formentera’s natural beauty. It’s the reason organisers encourage contenders to put the island front and centre: whether through landscapes, flora and fauna or humans in nature, submitted photos are a way to promote a commitment to the environment.

4 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera cinema’s newest features, “Idò mata’ls” and “Idò remata’ls”, cast island-folk in a gangster saga

cartell 2021 ido matalsThis Friday and Sunday at Formentera’s Sala de Cultura–Cinema, two short films from Ibizan director Javier Riera are part of a saga whose roots stretch back to 2005. That’s when Riera, then a youthful student in audiovisual arts, wrote and filmed Idò mata’l  as a 25-minute send-up of his film noir favourites set against the unmistakeable backdrop of the White Isle. Shot with the help of friends, Riera’s short wins Sant Antoni Short Film Fest’s audience pick, and in one fell swoop secures Idò mata’l an overnight cult following for the filmmaker’s deft combination of surreal humour, cinematic nods and everyday elements of cultura eivissenca.

Fast-forward eleven years. Not only is the saga’s first instalment still fresh in fans’ minds, but a production company is now in the wings, and Riera sets out to make a sequel. Idò remata’ls is filmed with a new set of tools and the familiar shoestring budget. Boosted by financial backing from a GoFundMe initiative and a uniquely spirited social media campaign, the short becomes a breakout hit and instant archetype of Pine Islands humour.

Idò mata’ls and Idò remata’ls will play at the local Sala de Cultura–Cinema from 8.00pm on Friday and Saturday (7 and 9 May). Tickets are available at www.entradesformentera.cat or thirty minutes before showtime at the box office.

3 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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