11 Jul THE MENORCA FILM FESTIVAL GROWS AS A CULTURAL ALLEY OF THE ISLAND
On Tuesday July 10th, the Menorca Film Festival presented its 3rd edition with an institutional press conference at the Consell Insular de Menorca, which was attended by several local political figures and Inés Garrell, director of the Festival.
Miquel Á. Maria, Menorca’s Culture Counsellor, highlighted 4 values that the Festival contributes to the island’s culture, tourism and economy: diversification of its cultural offer, continuity during the full year, promotion of the film industry on the island and support for Menorca’s brand as a cultural destination.
The counsellor of Culture of the City of Mahon, Héctor Pons, congratulated the Festival for its evolution and celebrated the addition of new spaces for projections and activities, such as the Casino Mahonés, Ocimax, the Pati de Sant Francesc, or Llatzeret. Pons also pointed out that the City Council will continue supporting, both logistically and economically, the Festival, even though “we can not always contribute as much as we would like; in a gesture of political will we want the Festival to be consolidated in our city together with Ciutadella.”
The director of the Festival, Inés Garrell, presented this edition’s sections and programming, and highlighted the goal of decentralizing the Festival and taking it to different spaces of the island between Mahón and Ciutadella. She has also stressed the activities the Festival organizes throughout the year, such as specific film cycles or workshops for schools.
Garrell also highlighted the collaboration between islands as an important goal to achieve, as well as the creation of networking spaces for the Balearic film sector.The Festival offers a unique opportunity for professionals in the industry to meet and exchange experiences. This year’s edition will be concentrated on documentaries.
One of the novelties the director pointed out are the new names of the awards: Talaiot Award in the Balears section in Curt; Auzina Award for Illes en Curt; and Poc a Poc Award for the feature film most valued by the public.
Garrell said that the budget of the Festival has been increased but that there is still a need for a bigger commitment from the administrations to consolidate the Festival and ensure its continuity.