“One more year, the Iberian Film Festival turns Badajoz into a stage to project the culture of the encounter and mutual enrichment on both sides of the border”, stated the General Secretary of Culture, Miriam García Cabezas, in the opening of the 25th edition of this event, “which is a perfect opportunity to get to know and check how the Extremaduran, Spanish and Portuguese audio-visual and film sector presently is”.

García Cabezas highlighted the varied and special programme designed this year, a programme that, apart from the screenings, includes the “FiConos” exhibition, a tour along the 25 years of the Festival through its iconography; the premieres of the documentary “#Placer Femenino” in Extremadura, in collaboration with the Extremaduran Women’s Institute (Instituto de la Mujer de Extremadura –IMEX-) and of the Portuguese movie “Raiva”; the publication of “Todo es música. Sinergias musicales entre cine y television”, by David Tejero; and the music played by the Orquesta de Extremadura, “in charge of the soundtrack of this edition, with a concert of cinema music on July 19 under the baton of the guest conductor, David Hernando”.

From the 15th to the 20th of July, thirty five short films from Spain and Portugal will participate in the four sections of the Festival. Among them 4 are Extremaduran making this contest an “excellent showcase for the dissemination of the regional production of short-footage films”, the Secretary General of Culture highlighted.

García Cabezas stressed that this festival has expanded not only concerning borders, as it extends to Olivenza and San Vicente de Alcántara, but also concerning the audience. It is an open and inclusive festival, designed for everyone, regardless of their age and capacities”, with the programme of the workshop “Cine sin límites”, directed by the director and scriptwriter Josevi García Herrero and open to all the public, specially to those who suffer intellectual disability.

It is an event that also seeks the creation of new audiences through the “Festival dos Miúdos”, a section addressed to children and adolescents, stated the General Secretary.

In this manner, Miriam García referred to the collective goodwill of all institutions that collaborate in this festival to “carry out and create inclusive, open and participative culture”.


The Academic Director of the European and Ibero-Ameican Academy of Yuste Foundation, César Chaparro, pointed out that the Foundation collaborates with the Iberian Film Festival supporting the Young Jury, in charge of delivering the “Luis Alcoriza” Award of the Young Jury as well as the Film Creation Workshop for Young People.

Through the call of this Youth Award, the intention is to get the university community involved in the audio-visual and cinematographic world. 11 young people have applied to become part this year. In the end, 5 university students between 18 and 30 years of age from the different official degrees of the University of Extremadura have been chosen “all of them with the same passion: the cinema”, added the Academic Director of Yuste Foundation.

This award pays tribute to Luis Alcoriza, director, scriptwriter and movie actor, who was born in Badajoz and lived in exile in Mexico after the Spanish Civil War. Alcoriza was one of the great figures of the Mexican cinema. In his career, his collaborations with Luis Buñuel in eight scripts stand out, writing in some of his best movies, as “Los olvidados” or “El ángel exterminador” may be.

The other pillar of the Foundation’s collaboration is the Film Creation Workshop for young people between the ages of 14 and 17. The television producer and editor, Gemma Carranco, will be in charge of teaching this workshop, which will offer theoretical and practical training. The 15 students participating will learn about aspects related to language and audio-visual narrative, camera use and sound pick-up, apart from outdoor and TV set recording.

Moreover, this year coinciding with the 5th centenary since the Earth’s first circumnavigation, the workshop will be about Hernando de Bustamante; the first person from Extremadura who travelled round-the-world, as he was the first Extremaduran to embark in Elcano and Magellan’s expedition.

The Academic Director of Yuste Foundation pointed out that with these two actions “we comply with one of the Foundations aim: to create bridges on both sides of the Atlantic, through the cinema in this case, which becomes an excellent tool to obtain knowledge and getting together”.

The Director General of the Extremaduran Women’s Institute (Instituto de la Mujer de Extremadura –IMEX-), Elisa Barrientos; the Vice President of the Provincial Council of Badajoz, Ricardo Cabezas; the town councillor of the City Hall of Badajoz, Antonio Cavacasillas; the Director of the Iberian Film Festival, Alejandro Pachón; the Territorial Director in Extremadura and the South of Ibercaja, Fernando Planelles; the Director of the López de Ayala Theatre, Miguel Murillo, and the Mayors of Olivenza and San Vicente de Alcántara, Manuel José González Andrade and Andrés Hernáiz de Sixte, respectively, attended the press conference.