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Research work, curated in collaboration with the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, Tabakalera and Basque Film Archive will guarantee its conservation and access to the Festival’s documentary resources

The San Sebastian Festival has created, together with the research department of the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Basque Film Archive the project Zinemaldia 70. All possible stories, with a view to generating a living Festival archive, the first stage of which will culminate with its 70th edition, in 2022.

The initiative will highlight the importance of the Festival’s documentary resources (letters, photographs, reviews and mentions in newspapers and magazines, books, etc), creating digitized collections for free online access. It will also prompt an exchange of dialogue between these materials and contemporary film creation. The project, involving EQZE teachers and students, aims to generate reflection and discussion on the past, present and future of the Festival.

The working group is made up of the coordinator of the EQZE research department, Pablo La Parra, and its director, Carlos Muguiro, students specialising in Archive and Film Curating studies, representatives of Ubik, the Tabakalera’s Creation Library, and Basque Film Archivee and the Festival team. Also Ubik will house the researchers’ working space, and the Festival archive will have its physical location in the Basque Film Archive installations.


Methodology of the project

The work will take place in two spaces, at the Martutene depot, where the material is currently stored, and at Ubik, where the materials will be examined, inventoried and catalogued with a view to guaranteeing their conservation and the conditions of public access. Consultation of the collection will have itineraries and material will be classified not only by years, but also by subject; for example, the effects of the Transition on the Festival, political violence in Basque and Spanish cinema, the Ikuskas and the attempt to create Basque national cinema, the generation of Kimuak...

There will be two simultaneous, connected lines of work: on the one hand, to generate the research material – academic articles, presentations at congresses, own editorial projects, seminars, etc. – aimed at researchers and, on the other, to socialise the results and create contents for broader publics. Ever year the conclusions of the research work will be made public in the shape of exhibitions, publications or film screening programmes. Also being considered is the organisation of seasons accompanied by informative material proposing critical interaction between films programmed for earlier editions of the Festival, their cinematic, social or political context and contemporary films.

The Festival memory is not only made up of the collections catalogued by its workers over the last 65 years, it is also to be found in the materials amassed by film lovers over its history, meaning that at a later date we will launch a call to citizens for them to contribute any documents they have in relation to the Festival.