Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is located in the Tabakalera building and forms part of the centre’s dynamic cultural and professional ecosystem, something which makes it unique
One of the essential principles behind Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola’s philosophy is an ongoing interaction between technology and thought, creation and reflection, intuition and technical skills, methodical work and inspiration, science and the humanities. On the basis of this idea, the school has been devised, both spatially and conceptually, as a studio or workshop, where students can come to work outside school hours and regulated schedules, availing themselves of the school's technical equipment and laboratories.
In addition to its own space, EQZE is located in the Tabakalera building and, alongside other cultural and film institutions, such as the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Basque Film Archives, forms part of a dynamic and compact centre dedicated to film in all its complex reality. At EQZE, we refer to the building as the house of cinema, due to the high concentration of film-related resources, outlooks and strategies that are housed under its roof. Among other things, the house of cinema houses the Basque Film Archives conservation rooms, offices and documentation centre, the Medialab creation library, the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture’s screening rooms and exhibition halls and the headquarters of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, as well as working spaces for resident artists.
In addition to the general spirit of the building, and thanks to the variety and diversity of the resources contributed by each institution, the house of cinema is also a dynamic space offering many different opportunities for study, research and production.
Due to the nature of these resources, the structure of the house of cinema is as follows:
The EQZE equipment and facilities provide students with access to analogue and digital film tools for both capturing images and sounds and processing, post-production, restoration, preservation and screening. The school has analogue (8 mm, 16mm) and digital cameras; a developing and photochemical material inspection laboratory; a digital image and sound postproduction studio; 8 mm, 16 mm and 35 mm digitisation stations; a magnetic digitisation station; and a screening atelier (8mm, 9.5 mm, 16mm, 35mm and DCP).
This is the department that saves and looks after the school's film, video and sound equipment (cameras, lenses, screens, accessories, lighting and sound equipment, video projectors, etc.). It also serves as a technological advice and guidance centre. There is a simple reservations protocol for using the school's equipment and facilities, which are available to all members of the EQZE community, providing their use is linked to their academic activities.
Service, equipment reservation and technical advice hours are from Monday to Thursday from 15:30 to 17:30.
The laboratory has all the technical equipment necessary to carry out inspection, recovery, preservation, development (both amateur and professional), correction and editing operations on film material. The technical equipment of this space is composed of two Debrie developing trains, a Bell & Howell contact copier (16 mm) and a Filmlab Systems International Colormaster color analyzer for grading of positive copies.
Equipped with two film digitisation scanners (16 mm, 9.5 mm and 8 mm Filmfabriek scanner and 35 mm and 16 mm Cintel scanner); magnetic format playing devices such as VHS, Betacam, U-matic, DVCam, Hi8, etc.; multistandard equipment (NTSC and PAL); and audio players (CD, DAT, vinyl, cassette).
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Image and sound editing and correction laboratory
This laboratory has seven workstations equipped with correction and restoration software, including DIAMANT-Film Restoration, Davinci Resolve, Protools and the Adobe Creative Suite program package, as well as open source systems. This space is also equipped with Wacom graphic tablets and a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel.
Laboratory for audiovisual creation (Tabakalera)
Providing they comply with the established selection procedure, EQZE students are free to use the equipment available there. The laboratory is equipped with a co-working area and editing, colour correction, screening and viewing rooms.
Cinema Screen 1
Equipped with a 42 m² screen and 229 seats, Cinema Screen 1 can be used for both screenings and other types of activities. Students are granted free access to all public sessions held at the Tabakalera cinema.
Cinema Screen 2
The Basque Film Archive has a 46-seat cinema.
Equipped with 35 mm, 16 mm, 9.5 mm and 8 mm film projectors, digital projectors, a DCP system and 35 mm and 16 mm editing Moviolas, this space is designed to help recover the craft and art of film projection.
Libraries and archives
EQZE's library/media library is in Medialab and it contains the school's collections. The library houses a collection of over 25,000 books, films, catalogues and specialist journals that focus on various aspects of filmmaking and are available to students. It is also the headquarters of the Filmmakers' Archive (Z-A), a project focusing on film transmission led by EQZE.
Document Collection and Library of the Basque Film Archive
The bibliographic collection of the Basque Film Archives’ library contains over 7,000 works of varying types, from both the national and international fields. The collection comprises reference works (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, year books, etc.); monographic works on filmmakers, actors and other professionals from the filmmaking world; monographic works on films; theoretical, critical and aesthetic essays; manuals; and a wide range of film journals, both vintage and current.
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU library
The Carlos Santamaría Centre houses the Campus Library, as well as other resources and services (teaching rooms, Quality service, language lab, resource workshop for teaching and learning, etc.). EQZE students may access the centre, as well as all the other libraries belonging to the University of the Basque Country.
Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea
The Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea library is the library belonging to the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council. It covers all areas of knowledge, with a particular focus on humanities and Basque culture.
Study and research areas
As a centre for artistic creation, Tabakalera runs a production aid programme and makes its spaces available to artists, creators and cultural stakeholders. This programme aims to provide technical and conceptual support and encouragement during creative and artistic processes.
Students can also use the Medialab Technology and Digital Culture Lab, which is located in Tabakalera. Medialab offers students different creative areas, all equipped with the tools necessary to work in different thematic and technological fields.
An airy yet covered space measuring 620 m² that is very versatile and can be used for many different activities.
A multi-purpose, fully equipped room that can be used for a wide range of different activities, including talks, press conferences, presentations and meetings.