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Out with the Old Part 2: Secrets of Spain

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • January 11, 2012 7:01 PM
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Spain is a country full of secrets. Thirty-six years after the death of Generalisimo Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator of Spain from 1936 until his death in 1975, the secrets of Spain's history are just beginning to emerge from the shadows and merge with the flow of the Eurozone. From the outside, Seville seems flawless. The city is superb, its commodities, its amenities and its people could not be more comfortable and pleasant. I was invited by Margaret von Schiller, ex Berlinale Panorama programmer on behalf of Extenda, the export arm of the Andalusian government, to The Sevilla Festival of European Films to participate in their Industry Forum (Il Foro) on a panel, “Festivals: What is their use and at what moment in production?” and to speak one-on-one with filmmakers about the international film business, its players and the place of festivals as acquisitions and distribution mechanisms.

Speaking of Spain...

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • January 8, 2012 7:06 PM
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No sooner do I get my blog written on the subject of film in Andalusia and Seville than Javier Martín-Domínguez quits as artistic director of The Seville European Film Festival! Martin Dominguez, who was the correspondent in New York and Tokyo for Spanish pubcaster RTVE and later served as its secretary general, used his contacts and persuasiveness to bring many industry figures to Seville. "I'm not interested in directing a low-profile, limited event," he said after the Seville Town Hall slashed SEFF's budget from €1.7 million ($2.2 million) in 2010 to $1.4 million last year. Further 30% plus cuts are anticipated for 2012. All the regional governments may follow suit and cut their budgets, with the exception of the Sebastian Festival which increased its budget by $500,000 to $9.2 million in 2011, hiking sponsorship deals while institutional support held. See Variety for full article.

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