San Sebastian’s never a Hollywood catwalk. But this year’s got star wattage. Samuel L. Jackson presents thriller “Cleaner” with director Renny Harlin. Viggo Mortensen will tubthump opener “Eastern Promises,” and Demi Moore sets closer “Flawless.” Richard Gere and Liv Ullmann will the collect career achievement Donostia Awards.


European Films Crossing Borders holds its last workshop Sept. 19-20; a new Avei Spanish vid lobby unwraps Sept. 22; Ciudad de la Luz announces facilities and shoots Sept. 23, while EAVE tubthumps its training program.

On Sept. 24, Spain’s Pedro Perez, prexy of Fapae producers lobby, delivers his state of the industry address; also Monday, Fapae and Cinema do Brasil stage a co-pro forum. Industry presentations peak Sept. 25: Canaries film authorities explain fiscal advantages, Andalusia holds an Audiovisual Day, the Ile de France and Madrid Commissions host a lunch, and three-way co-pro fund Raices announces new awards.


Things ease up starting Sept. 26 with Basque Film Day, while Alfonso Cuaron and Brazilian cinematographer Affonso Beato chat about digital film-making at the Intl. Film School Meeting.

On Sept. 27, there’s a Pyrenean Film Forum, the European Audiovisual Observatory presents smaller country stats, and Irish Film Board CEO Simon Perry chats about Irish film policy.

Aptly named, given market trends, Dire, a Euro indie distributors lobby, huddles Sept. 28 and hosts a seminar Sept. 29.

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