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FICX Industry Days are a new initiative by Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival with support from Laboral Cinemateca Film Commission
Informative presentations about grants for cinematographic and audiovisual productions, talks, panel discussions about programming in international festivals, development platforms and coproduction of audiovisual projects, works-in-progress and pitching sessions.

The programme will also tackle two of the most highlighted titles from Spanish cinema in 2017 as a case study: El secreto de Marrowbone and Verano 1993.

Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival, under the FICX Industry Days banner, launches in 2017 a series of days oriented towards Asturian, Spanish and international professionals where talks, meetings, case studies about Spanish films premiering in commercial theatres, as well as works-in-progress (pre-production, production or post-production) sessions and in-development project pitching in collaboration with the SGAE thanks to its V Laboratorio de Escritura de Guión Cinematográfico (5th Cinema Script-writing Laboratory), including the presentation of Asturian films premiering in the competitive and show sections at FICX by directors and producers. The objective of this activities programme is to increase the visibility of Asturian and Spanish cinema within the festival's framework, while at the same time generating exchange spaces with international professionals coming to the Festival to discover new looks and works to carry these films beyond our frontiers.

The FICX Industry Days Pass is free and grants access to all the activities present in the Industry programme that will take place from November 20th to the 23rd at the Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival. The registration period will be open until November 15th.

November 20th will see the beginning of the activities with the case study El secreto de Marrowbone, dealing with topics like coproducing with TV stations, financing through public grants and support from official entities. The speaker will be Sandra Hermida, executive producer for Sergio G. Sánchez's film. Laboral Cinemateca Film Commission will moderate the presentation.

The first day will end with a panel discussion where modern policies regarding content selection in festivals will be discusses with speakers like Mark Peranson, Programming Director at Locarno International Film Festival; Mercedes Martínez-Abarca , Programming Adviser at Rotterdam International Film Festival and FICX; Carmen Gray – Selection Committee Member for Winterthur International Film Festival, and Nico Marzano , Cinema Programming Manager at London's Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

Gonzalo de Pedro, Associated Programmer with Filmoteca Española and FICValdivia, Selection Committee Member at Locarno Film Festival and FICX, Márgenes (online cinema festival), will be moderating.

On Tuesday 21st another panel discussion will take place analyzing the international platforms role in 21st century cinema projects development. On this case the speakers will be Laurent Crouzeix – Clermont-Ferrand Short Films Festival Programmer, Shortfilmdepot project manager, Euro Connection coordinator and Anaïs Desrieux – Institut Lumière Rights Manager. Programme coordinator at Marché International du Film Classique, Selection Committee Member at Cinèma du réel and ParísDOC manager. Mercedes Martínez-Abarca will be moderating.

Thanks to the SGAE's collaboration, a new case study will be presented: Verano 1993, with director Carla Simón and producer Valérie Delpierre (INICIA FILMS), who will talk about the Spanish representative at the Oscars key aspects. The day will go on with Peter ADermatt, MEDIA Desk Spain director, who will analyze the latest reality of European grants for cinematographic and audiovisual production.

The day will close with the work-in-progress session PUSH PLAY, where DLEUXE Spain will award one of the five presented projects a prize consisting in the DCP Mastering of the film, valued in 6,000€. The presented works are: In Memoriam (FREEWS PRODUCCIONES) – Marcos M. Merino (Director and writer) and Marta F. Crestelo (writer and producer); Las letras de Jordi (SEÑOR Y SEÑORA S.L.) – Maider Fernández (Director and writer); Malnascuts (TEKILA MOVIES) – Gemma Blasco (Director) and Nacho Casado (Producer); Puerto deseado (DIANATOUCEDO FILMS, INSOMNIA FILMS) – Diana Toucedo (Director, writer and producer) and This Film is About Me (EL VIAJE FILMS) – Jamie Weiss (Executive Producer).

On Wednesday 22nd, taking place at the Museo del Pueblo d'Asturies, Laboral Cinemateca Film Commission will open with a presentation about the projects supported by the entity up to date, as well as several actions taking place thanks to different services, facilitating the filming management occurring in our territory, short films distribution, calls for grants to finance non-fiction projects by Asturian creators, promoting cinema in the region and plans and policies to develop in 2018. This day, focusing on cinema made in Asturias, will continue with a presentation of the 33 Asturian films selected by the 55FICX.

The third day's closing will see the FORTA External Production Commission in a presentation focused on acquiring the emission rights for films, series and miniseries. This last presentation will take place in collaboration with TPA.

FICX Industry Days will end on November 23rd with a pitching session wher writers whose projects were chosen at the fifth edition of the SGAE's Laboratorio de Escritura de Guión Cinematográfic. On this presentation we'll have the participation of the Mujer de Cine Award2017, Isabel Coixet, who was a tutor for the following projects:

  • Desconectada - Alberto Evangelio (writer)
  • El enigma de Tina - Alfonso Domingo (writer)
  • Las bailarinas - Diego Giménez Tello (writer)
  • Reencuentros - Isabel Gardela (writer and director)
  • UMMO, un misterio - Ignacio García May y Javier Sahuquillo (writers)
  • Vasil - Avelina Prat García (writer)

The last activity will be led by ALMA Writers Guild, where they'll present the key aspects in writing for any audiovisual project. The participating speakers will be Enrique Rivero (script-writer and Locarno's Golden Leopard winner, Jury Member for the Best Spanish Film and Script Award); Gerard Ortín, Perrolobo (Lycisca) author – premiering in the Llendes Section at FICX and Diego Taboada, writer and teacher at CISLAN. The panel will be moderated by Sara Antuña, writer and ALMA Board of directors' Member.

Mark Peranson, Carmen Gray, Nico Marzano, Laurent Crouzeix and Anäis Desrieux are participating in the FICX Industry Days thanks to the support from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through its Spanish Culture Internationalization Programme (PICE) in the Visitors modality.

Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2017