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San Sebastian sets new Spanish Cooperation Award

Prize reinforces Latin America fest links.

San Sebastian sets new Spanish Cooperation
Alonso Ruizpalacios' "Güeros," winner at the Horizontes Latinos showcase last year.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is launching a new plaudit, the Spanish Cooperation Award, the fest announced Thursday.

Prize will go to ”the producer of the Latin American film making the best contribution to human development, the eradication of poverty and the full exercise of human rights,” said fest sources.

Films included in competition and New Directors and Horizontes Latinos showcases will be eligible for the award. Jury will be formed by three members.

Prize is conceded by the San Sebastian Festival and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation Development (AECID). Prize will be in cash; the amount will be shortly announced.

“Since many years ago, the fest and AECID have been collaborating directly or through Ibermedia, with the Horizontes Latinos, Films in Progress sidebars and the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum; we’re really happy to take a further step awarding the film that best represents these development values,” fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos said Variety.

Move signals a new effort to consolidate the San Sebastian Film Fest as a key link between the Latin America and European film industries. Horizontes, Films in Progress sidebars and the Co-production Forum support this aim. Attendees at the 2014 San Sebastian’s third Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum rose 20% vs. 2013 and 59% vs. 2012 to 686 participants.

AECID has supported fest’s Horizontes showcase since its beginnings. Horizontes is the San Sebastian Fest’s contempo Latin America showcase.

The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival runs September 18-26.