Re: [Frameworks] Letter from the Director of Punto de Vista Film Festival

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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:13:26 +0200

Though the petition includes a version of the text in English, the webpage may not be very English-speakers-friendly... I include a google translated link that may help things a bit...


> For those of you that don't know about this great festival, PUNTO DE
> VISTA [1]is possibly the best film festival in Spain, dedicated to
> 'documentary films', it seeks to reward risk-taking and non-narrative
> approaches and has a strong accent on experimental films. Last week,
> Josetxo Cerdán, its artistic director, was told that due to severe
> budget cuts (despite the governing political party's supposed
> 'commitment to culture'), the festival would be no more...
> The Punto de Vista Festival has shown works by Raymond Depardon, Jean
> Vigo, David Perlov, Jay Rosenblatt, Alan Berliner, J. P. Sniadecki,
> James Benning, Naomi Uman, Lynne Sachs, Ben Rivers, Ross McElwee,
> Satô Makoto, Jem Cohen, Barbara Hammer, Ben Russell, among many
> others...
> Please, take just a couple of minutes to support this Punto de
> Vistasigning the online petition here:
> -----------------------------------------
> /On September 15th I received a phone call telling me that they were
> suspending the Eighth Edition of Punto de Vista to be celebrated 21st
> to 26th of February 2012. /
> /Not only me, but part of the festival's team have been working hard
> since the month of May designing the program for the next edition.
> Almost 500 films have been submitted since the call for entries was
> announced on May./
> /This ardous work of four months together with some expenses
> regarding programming and production (such as maintenance and
> monitoring of registrations, traveling to other film festivals and
> shipments) is now wasted money. / /Next year's edition program is
> closed on a 90%. We designed the poster and the cinema campaign. Not
> to mention a private founding program that was requested early this
> summer and their response was coming in a short period of time. All
> personal, professional and economical efforts are now inevitably
> lost. This is happening at times where austerity policies prevail./
> /Punto de Vista, in its 2011 edition reassured a strong and varied
> audience leaving behind its label of "elitist". A label that had
> unfairly haunted the festival since its own creation: I would rather
> say intelligent, not elitist. How can an activity that has a fee of
> three euros for each event be considered of elitist? Punto de Vista
> is a festival for the enjoyment of all the people of Navarra and for
> all those who came from abroad (from all corners of Spain and other
> countries) to Pamplona in order to attend the Festival. Visitors who
> came on february, the coldest month of the year to increase the
> community's economy on the tourist sector in terms of: hotel
> reservations, restaurant and bar consuming, transporting, etc./
> /As I have said repeatedly, Punto de Vista have become one of the
> most important film events of our country and also with an
> increasing recognition abroad (as it has been witnessed in some
> prestigious magazines like Cahiers du Cinéma, Sense of Cinema and Art
> Forum, among others). All this success with a total budget that was
> three to four times less than of any other spanish film festival in
> Spain with a same status on the quality of its programming. /
> /The //UPN (Unión del Pueblo Navarro Party) stated on the past
> elections that Punto de Vista Film Festival should be the "Referral
> Program" in the film area of the current Navarra Government. //These
> "Referral Programs" were a series of initiatives that "Were needed of
> more funding to increase their activity and promotion'"/
> /(Muévete por Navarra, Electoral program. Unión del Pueblo Navarro
> 2011-2015, pg. 41)./
> /Where are those election promises now? /
> /Where's the defense of a cultural activity with an //increasing
> recognition inside and outside of Navarra and Spain? /
> /Where is the commitment to a Navarre audience that this festival has
> consolidated over seven editions? /
> /And finally, where is the commitment to a whole group of
> professionals who have made it possible until now, and who already
> committed to filmmakers from different places such as Germany,
> Malaysia and the U.S.?/
> /Sincerely,/
> Josetxo Cerdán
> Artistic Director of Point of View Festival 2012
> Vínculos:
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