San Sebastián International Film Festival

San Sebastián, Spain

Notes

  • The festival takes place since 1953 and is acknowledged by the FIAPF as A festival since 1957. From 1953-1954 only spanish films were in competition. 1955 the festival was specialized in 'color films' only. From 1980-1984 the festival had been competitive, but wasn't acknowledged by the FIAPF and no major awards were given.

Awards

Alma Award for Best Screenplay

Alma Award for Best Screenplay - Honorable Mention

Arte Award

Audience Award

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Basque Film

Best Basque Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Director

Best Film

Best New Director
  • The 'Best New Director' award has had numerous sponsors over the years and thus also has had numerous official names.

Best New Director - Special Mention

Best New Screenwriter

Best Production Design

Best Screenplay

Best Spanish Language Film

Best Spanish Language Film - Special Mention

Best Spanish Language Short Film

C.I.C.A.E. Award

C.I.C.A.E. Award - Special Mention

CEC Award for Best Film
  • Since 2000 the CEC has invited all Spanish journalists accredited at the festival - whether CEC members or not - to join the jury of its award for best film. (as of 2001)

CEC Award for Best Screenplay
  • In 1999 the CEC has invited all Spanish journalists accredited at the festival - whether CEC members or not - to join the jury of its award for best film.

Casa de América Award

Cinema in Motion Award
  • The Cinema in Motion is organised by San Sebastián International Film Festival in collaboration with Europe's Amiens International Film Festival and Fribourg International Film Festival in the endeavour to boost cinematography from the Maghreb and Portuguese-speaking African countries. (as of 2005)

Documentary Award

Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award

EROKSI Youth Award

FICC Award

FIPRESCI Director of the Year

FIPRESCI Film of the Year

FIPRESCI Prize

FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention

Fedeora Award

Fedeora Award - Special Mentiono

Fernando Rey Award

Feroz Zinemaldia Award

Films in Progress Award

Golden Seashell

Greenpeace - Lurra Award

Guipuzcoan Blood-Donors' Association Corresponding to the Solidarity Award

Horizons Award
  • The award is aimed at increasing knowledge of feature films produced totally or partially in Latin America, directed by filmmakers of Latin origin, set around or dealing with Latin communities in the rest of the world. (from the festival's web site, 2003)

Horizons Award - Special Mention

International Film School Meeting Award

International Film Students Meeting Award

Irizar Award

Jaeger-LeCoultre Award

Jury Prize

Kutxa Award

Kutxa Award - Honorable Mention

Made in Spanish Award

Made in Spanish Award - Special Mention

New Directors Award

New Directors Award - Special Mention

Norteado Award

OCIC Award

OCIC Award - Honorable Mention

Orona Award

Panavision Award

Prize San Sebastián
  • Predecessor to the Silver Seashell now given in various categories.

Prize of the Jury

SIGNIS Award

SIGNIS Award - Special Mention

SIGNIS Films in Progress Award

SIGNIS Future Talent Award

San Sebastián-Gipuzkoa Film Commission Award

Savage Cinema Prize

Sebastian Award

Sebastiane Award

Sebastiane Award - Special Mention

Short Film Corner Award

Silver Seashell
  • The Silver Seashell is nowadays given in several categories including 'Best Director' (mejor director), 'Best Actor' (mejor actor) and 'Best Actress' (mejor actriz).

Solidarity Award

Special 50th Anniversary Award

Special Mention

Special Mention of the Jury

Special Prize of the Jury

TVE Award

TVE Otra Mirada Award

TVE Otra Mirada Award - Special Mention

Tokyo Gohan Award

Torino Award

Unofficial Award
  • In 1956 the festival was not recognized as competitive by the FIAPF. Awards given were unofficial. Those are summarized here as 'Unofficial Award'.

Waki.TV Audience Award

Youth Jury Award

Zabaltegi Section

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize - Special Mention

Zinemira Award

Zulueta Prize
  • Predecessor to the Prize San Sebastián.

Historical Timeline

1953
  • In its first year the festival focused on Spanish films only.

1954
  • In its second year the festival focused on Spanish films only and was officially uncompetitive (FIAPF B category).

1955
  • The festival is competitive and specialized on color films.

1956
  • The festival is not competitive and awards given are not official.

1980
  • The festival has no official competition and none of the main awards is given.

1981
  • The festival has no official competition and none of the main awards is given.

1982
  • The festival has no official competition and none of the main awards is given.

1983
  • The festival has no official competition and none of the main awards is given.

1984
  • The festival has no official competition and none of the main awards is given.

2000
  • 150 federation members from 40 countries have taken part in voting.

2001
  • 156 federation members from 34 countries have taken part in voting.

2002
  • 200 federation members from 41 countries have taken part in voting.

2004
  • 160 federation members have taken part in voting.

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