San Seb fest focus: N. Africa

Forum skedded for Sept. 19

MADRID — The 53rd San Sebastian Film Festival will host a film co-production and distribution forum for movies from North Africa and Portuguese-speaking Africa on Sept. 19.

Cinema in Motion aims to put producers from the territories into contact with producers and distributors attending San Sebastian, which runs Sept. 15-24.

Initiative builds on the Films in Progress showcase for unfinished films from Latin America, which is hosted by the San Sebastian fest from Sept. 20-21, and the Rencontres Cinemas Amerique Latine in Toulouse in March.

Supported by a score of institutions and private sector companies in France and Spain, the showcase has secured financing for films that have gone on to become auteur pics, such as Carlos Sorin’s “Minimal Stories.”

A second inspiration was San Sebastian’s 2003 sidebar Among Friends and Neighbors, focusing on new and classic films from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Cinema in Motion is backed by the Instituto Catalan del Mediterraneo and TV5.

San Sebastian will stage a first Pyreenees co-production forum linking filmmakers and institutions from the French and Spanish sides of the mountain range. Forum is part of the Cinemas and Regions in Europe Day.

San Sebastian is sponsored over 2005-07 by Spanish pubcaster TVE, which has replaced pay TV operator Sogecable-Canal Plus, the fest announced on Tuesday.

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