Over the past ten years, cinEScultura has successfully dedicated itself to the (film)culture of the autonomous Spanish regions and Latin American countries. We will continue along this path, however 2018 will also bring some us some changes. We will be introducing a new format to this year’s festival. The 11th Edition of cinEScultura is all about Debut films (Opera Prima) and films from Spanish-speaking female directors (Prima Donna). From now on, this new format will alternate with the previous format on a yearly basis. So, in 2019, we will be inviting once again an autonomous, Spanish region and a Latin American country to Regensburg. This year, in our short film programme with Spanish and Latin American contributions, we will once again be awarding our coveted short film prize Premio cinEScultura. As all genres are allowed in this category, it promises to be a very diverse and entertaining programme. We would now like to introduce you to our new sections Opera and Prima Donna.
With the Opera Prima category, cinEScultura would like to turn your gaze towards new, perhaps still unknown, talent and give them the chance to present their promising debut films at our festival in Regensburg. All Spanish-speaking debut films which had their premiere within the last two years can partake in this category. In many cases, this means that the films will be celebrating their German premiere at our festival and cinEScultura will be producing the German subtitles for the film. During the course of the festival, the best debut film will be awarded with the Premio Opera Prima from our expert jury.
In the category Prima Donna, we will be showing work exclusively from Spanish-speaking female directors. CinEScultura provides a stage for these female directors and their works, so that they can receive attention they deserve. Since female directors are clearly under-represented in (Spanish) cinema, from a financial point of view as well as at the awards ceremonies of various film festivals. CinEScultura wants to point out this unfair distribution and judges films regardless of gender.