Jon Plazaola inaugurates the 5th edition of the Ibiza Ibicine Film Festival.
Ibiza, April 2022. The Ibiza film festival “Ibicine”, internationally awarded as the Best Film Festival of the Balearic Islands, celebrates its fifth edition in 2022, recognizing the work of both technicians, anonymous professionals for the general public, and great Spanish and international stars.
During the opening ceremony, the actor Jon Plazaola thanked the institutions that support the festival for their trust, affection, and involvement “which has shown that it has no ceiling and that it has become one of the most exciting moments I experience every year”.
For Helher Escribano, director of the festival, she highlighted the importance of this fifth edition “a very exciting moment for all the work we have done so that what was a dream has become a festival with a marked professional character, which encourages the projection of Ibiza inside and outside of Spain and where this year we bring together the competition and industry part, to encourage the creation of audiovisual projects in Ibiza”.
“This is our first year at the festival and we are sure there will be many more,” said Marcos Serra, Mayor of the Sant Antoni City Council at the press conference for the opening ceremony.
Pep Tur, Councilor for Culture of the Eivissa City Council, stated that the central message of this year’s festival “is about the importance of environmental care, focusing on the Posidonia meadows” and has emphasized the strength that the festival has gained in just five years.
For her part, Marisol Ferrer, Councilor for Culture of the Santa Eulària City Council, stressed the importance of the festival “it is more than a gala, it supports the Spanish film industry and makes the talent of its professionals visible”, while Miquel Costa, Insular Director of Culture Consell d’Eivissa indicated that “Ibiza has become a fabulous film set where festivals such as Ibicine allow its recognition at an international level”.
‘Dragonflies’, a cruel youth story with mixed feelings
The Ibicine festival has been chosen to continue promoting the feature film “Libélulas” by director Luc Knowles, starring Olivia Baglivi and Milena Smit, after its premiere and recent success at the Malaga Festival, where it has become one of the great winners receiving three Biznagas; adding to the best actresses -Olivia Baglivi and Milena Smit- the Zonazine audience award.
Iván Sánchez, director of photography, recalled during the presentation of the film at the festival, “the importance of attending Ibicine for its screening, it is the accolade that a film like ours needs”. For Olivia Baglivi “the crudeness of the script and the poetry of its protagonists turn this youth story into a sequence of mixed feelings, where love, jealousy, friendship, an unattainable future captivate from the first moment”. Director Luc Knowles acknowledges that “working with the talent of so many good professionals allows everything to flow and the end result is excellent.”
The first red carpet of the 5th Edition
The opening gala on Saturday the 15th at Can Ventosa, whose red carpet was attended by various well-known faces such as the renowned actress Olivia Baglivi, the directors Sergi Wakefield Mora, Mahay Alayón, Mónica Lilac, Sara Bamba Alía, Miki Durán, and Luc Knowles, the godfather of the festival Jon Plazaola, the scriptwriter’s Marga Dorao and Ferran Bex, the producers Diego Corsini and Eva Bodas, the director Alberto Quintanilla or the international expert in acquisitions of audiovisual projects, Beatriz Cavanillas.
In the afternoon, the official Documentary Short Films section started with the titles ‘Deep Soria’, ‘Exhibitor’, ‘David Díez, ‘the epilogue of a soccer player’, ‘Filamento’, ‘Outside the law’, ’17 santi 17′ and ‘Ulysses’. Some of its protagonists and creators attended, such as Joan Bover, Mahay Alayón, Elena Baéz, Mónica Lilac, Ferran Bex Castell, Sergi Wakefield Mora or Diego Corsini.
The Special Mention for Best Documentary Short has been awarded to ‘Ulisses’ by Joan Bover, the story of the capture of an orca calf that became one of the stars of the Barcelona Zoo, to end up in the Sea Word of San Diego (USA), where he keeps spinning in a pool.
The spectators of the Ibiza Ibicine film festival will determine two statuettes, for the best feature film and the best short film, chosen by the public.
The Ibiza Film Festival, Ibicine has carried out thanks to the institutions of the island:
Consell d’Eivissa, from Eivissacultural, Eivissa City Council, Santa Eulària des Riu City Council and Sant Antoni de Portmany City Council, as well as the sponsors and collaborators, especially: El Corsario, Nassau Beach Club Ibiza, and Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay.
Foto Credits: Biqubicafotografia.
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