Espinas and Parresia, award-winning short films at the La Almunia Film Festival

Zaragoza, May 14 (EFE).- The La Almunia Film Festival, in Zaragoza, has once again honored short films with awards for works such as ‘Espinas’, by Iván Sainz-Pardo, winner of the Special Jury Prize for the best work of the exhibition, or ‘Parresia’, by Nacho Lasierra, winner in the Aragonese category.

According to the organization, more than 3,000 spectators have attended this twenty-sixth edition, which began on May 6 and concluded this Saturday with the closing gala, conducted by Luis Cebrián and with performances by Viki Lafuente and Clown Jano .

The evening began with a speech by the director of the festival and president of the Florián Rey Association, Carmen Pemán, who assured that although La Almunia cannot compete with major festivals such as Malaga or San Sebastián, its “secret weapon ” is to fill all its guests with “affection, closeness, naturalness and passion for cinema”.

In addition to ‘Espinas’, a multi-award-winning family drama starring Aitana Sánchez Gijón, Julieta Serrano and José Sacristán, and the Aragonese ‘Parresia’, they have also distinguished ‘Mama’, by Pablo de la Chica, as Best Documentary and ‘Roberto’ , by Carmen Córdoba, as Best Animated Short.

Its director has also obtained the CIMA Award for the Best Filmmaker of the Show, awarded by a special jury made up of three members of the entity, the Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media.

The Future in Action Award, sponsored by CEMEX and which opens this year, has gone to ‘Made in’, by Eva Marín; the Audience Award, sponsored by Grandes Vinos Corona de Aragón, for ‘Cómplices’, by Rubén Guindo, and the award for best regional work for ‘Tortazo’, by Alfredo Andreu.

In the category of Scripts for short films, a ‘rara avis’ in the panorama of festivals in Spain, the first prize went to ‘La Curva del Búho’, by Arturo Artal; second prize for ‘Yegua’, by Javier Celay, and Saioa Maritorena won the award for best youth screenplay for ‘Tempus Fugit’.

From Uruguay, Gabriel de Souza, winner of the award for best Latin American work for ‘La Corona’, has greeted, while the best local script has been for ‘Luna sin fondo’, by María Serrano and the best Aragonese script for ‘¿Qué le vas to ask Santa Claus?’, by Mario Huerta.

The festival maintains its School Short Film Contest, which, with the support of the Manuel Giménez Abad Foundation, awarded ‘Disconnection’, from the Son Pacs institute in Mallorca, and ‘Prímula’, from the Pedro de Luna center in Zaragoza.

In the category of primary schools, ‘I never thought’, from the CEIP Victoria de Loja (Granada) has won the national award and the Aragonese went to ‘The dome of desires’, from the CRA Martín del Río (Teruel).

The sculptor, engraver and painter Fabiola Gil has received at the gala the appointment of Honorary Member of the Florián Rey Association for her “constant and selfless” help to the organization during the last two decades, since she created the Florián Rey award sculpture in 1998. EFE