International Film Festival, #Ibiza – more news

April 26th, 2009 - 6:44 pm Posted in ibiza, iff, International Film Festival | Comments (0)

ibiza international film festivalThe third Ibiza International Film Festival will be taking place at the Ibiza Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza) in Santa Eulalia between May 27th and June 3rd. Several hundred films have been submitted for consideration, as the organisers and judges seek to promote and encourage independent yet high-class cinema. Festival Director Xavier Benlloch declared, “Our aim is to be considered as the European Sundance.” They appear to be well on track as many of the major global media players have confirmed their attendance to report on the festival.

In the main competition, where films are competing for the Golden Falcon, they are showing eight productions. Alongside these are categories for feature films (Silver Screen), for productions from the archipelago (Balearic Spirit) and Video Clips. There will also be a tribute to the filmmaker and actor Terry Gilliam, by showing a series of films by the director. Gilliam, who is a patron and active sponsor of the Ibiza competition, rose to fame in the 70s as a member of the Monty Python team. His extensive film career has given him a cult following with productions including “Twelve Monkeys”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Tideland”.

Obviously many other major players from the film industry will be attending, including more than a few VIP household names. For security reasons we aren’t able to disclose this star-studded guest list, but we can confirm that the general public are invited to attend the film showings and, indeed, some of the social events surrounding the festival. One example of these will be a one-off special themed night on May 29th for the conference delegates at the Cardamom Club in Santa Eulalia, entitled “Bollywood v Slumdog”. The power of Indian influences in independent filmmaking is obviously massive at the moment, so this will be one of the highlights of the social side of the Festival. Highlights of the evening will include a famous UK banghra band, a big name Indian DJ, typical street stores in the restaurant’s garden and Punjabi folk dancing.

Tickets for this night are available from the Cardamom Club, but you would be best advised to book early for the chance to catch a glimpse of your heroes, as this is bound to be a sell-out! Details of other festival social events, the details and times of the films to be shown and availability of tickets will all be released on May 15th via the www.ibizaiff.org website. This information will also be displayed on our own website as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime we are advised that the latest information and tickets for the films will all be available from those in the know at the Cardamom Club.

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