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The film, directed by the Andalusian filmmaker RaГєl Santos, recaptures the history of the separation of Gibraltar and La Linea de la ConcepciГіn in 1969 by the Franco government. The SEFF granted to the Rock the Eurodoc prize, endowed with 15,000 euros destined To the distributor of the film in Spain

The epic love story between the rock of Gibraltar and the neighboring Spanish city of La Linea is proving to have no borders. After the good reception of the public in New York last September, “La Roca” won the Best European Documentary award in its Spanish premiere at the Seville European Film Festival, which has a budget of 15,000 euros for distribution in theaters commercial. Just a few weeks later, the UN has been interested in this particular 700g Films Romeo and Juliet Andalusian.

“I got a call while we were at Bunbury’s last production in California. Apparently they had received news about the film and were curious to see it, “says the director of the film, RaГєl Santos. After seeing a private internet pass, There was a first meeting in Manhattan of which Santos recalls that “I did not know what to expect; Perhaps it was going to disappoint them how political the tape is … The answer was totally the opposite. They had been enthusiastic about the passion of the protagonists and they were excited about the story. “The organization expressed interest in studying a collaboration to share with the film the defense of values of peace and tolerance between communities.

Several weeks later a date was finally made. On Friday, December 2, a private ‘La Roca’ pass will be held in the UNIS (International School) building, followed by a round table discussion with the director.

“We are confident that the audience around the world will be thrilled with this Andalusian love story. We hope this is a good step for the international leap that we are looking for for the film. This story must be told “, adds Santos, which has been one of the great media attractions of SEFF’11. His documentary has attracted most of the media accredited at the festival, and his story about La Roca has been published in the country’s most widely read newspapers, radio and television as well as in prestigious American media.


The Forum Industry that celebrates SEFF projected the first images of ‘A place under the sun’ and ‘Legend 17’, and confirmed to Seville as the axis of the business of cinema in Europe The Seville conference was attended by 32 experts from eleven countries Different

Since its last three editions, the Seville European Film Festival (SEFF) has held its Industry Forum for the promotion of co-productions and distribution and conducts workshops and seminars with the aim of connecting the European and Andalusian cinema industry. In the edition just completed, the highest representatives of the sector in Spain were present: ICAA General Director Carlos Cuadros, FAPAE President Pedro Perez, and Enrique Gonzalez Macho. Of the rest of the continent participated the executive vice-secretary of Eurimages, Isabel Castro; The director of the European Film Academy, Mariom Doring, and Eye on Films / Media Mundus, Camille Rouselet.

The producer of Yellow Bird, Soren Staremose (responsible for the Millennium series) presented, together with his Sevillian co-producer from La ZanfoГ±a, Gervasio Iglesias, the result of his collaboration born in the meetings of the Seville Festival two years ago and recently filmed in Andalusia. The inaugural gala offered the first clip of the filming of A place under the sun, and both producers explained their project in a meeting in FNAC. During the festival, they obtained new economic supports for its production.

Also, the inauguration of Foro Industria served to present the shooting of Legend 17, made by the Russian producer Trite, with the presence in Seville of its producer, Leonid Vereschagin; And the Spanish Fresco Films Service, represented by Peter Welter, as a model to expand the collaboration between both cinematographies.
Total, There have been 32 experts from 11 different countries who have been present these days in Seville. Among them are Alexander Gutman, producer and director of documentaries; Nikolay Khomeriki (director of Heart’s Boomerang), Svetlana Kuchmaeva (producer of the same film), Larisa Sidorova Sadilova (Director of Sonny), Vera Storozheva (Director of Moscow I love you), Irina Sennikova (representative of Film Fest Moscow), Dimitri Igor Mayboroda (director of Rerberg & Tarkovsy), Tatiana Daniliyants (curator of the Russian Arthouse in Short Metrage), Oksana Bychkova (director of Peter FM), Davidenko (Director of Hipsters), Valeria Gay Germanika (director of Everybody dies but me) , Elena Glikman (producer of Peter FM); Anastasia Chudakova (Russian Cinema Fund CF), Anna Tschernakova (producer and member of the SEFF’11 jury) and Nikita Mikhalkow (director and producer).

Russia has entered the European Fund for Eurimages co-productions this year in the interest of reaching agreements with other countries. For the first time, Eurimages chose the Festival of Seville to announce its annual award to the most outstanding producer, who has fallen to Mariela Vesuievlsky, producer of Tornasol.


The main distributors of European cinema in Spain were present in the days like Alta Films, Golem, Wanda, Akellarre or Paco Poch. In addition to international companies Wide Management, Adriana Chiesa, Boutique Films, Merkator Media, Zen Zero and others.

As a result, some productions presented at SEFF have already obtained distribution. In this sense, The Mill of time, Of Lech Maiewsky will be distributed by Akelarre; Elena, for Golem; And Always Happy, If not us, who ?, Alps and Petrucciani will be distributed by Avalon. Wanda will handle the distribution of Three Twenty Years, and Alta, by Shame and The Artist.

Through Extenda, the III International Marketing and Distribution Days were organized, in which eleven Andalusian producers participated with new projects, in addition to the thirty productions already made shown within the section Andalusian Panorama. International experts such as Ginger Corbet, Sydney Levine and Mireille van Helms held bilateral meetings with participants.
The festival included in this edition a sample of first films under the auspices of the Media Mundus program, to promote the distribution of European cinema in the world, And international cinema in Europe. Seven feature films participated and the award went to the Iranian film Mourning.

Finally, the Industry Forum had the collaboration of ZEMOS 98 for the realization of an “audiovisual remix” workshop, and held the meeting of Women of the industry in the European cinema, sponsored by CIMA, and gave special attention to the development of the Digital Industries with the celebration of the “European Forum of Creative and Digital Industries, Cland”, with the presence of leading experts in new technologies from companies such as Google, Intel, Grupo Secuoya or Arenas media. In addition to the work sessions, a meeting was held daily between the industry agents to promote networking between Spanish and international representatives attending the festival.