“Conducta” wins first prize at Festival Insularia-Islas en Red


I am sorry to have missed this news earlier this month. A first edition of Festival Insularia-Islas en Red [Insularia Festival—Islands in Network] took place from September 30 to October 9, 2016, at Santa Úrsula, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). The Insularia Festival is dedicated to films from island territories around the world, including Cuba, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Madeira, and the Canary Islands.

This inaugural international film festival was dedicated to Cuba as the guest island, and Conducta—directed by Cuban filmmaker Ernesto Daranas—received the first prize in the feature film category.


The festival program included a tribute to late Cuban screenwriter and director Julio García Espinosa; a vast retrospective of documentary and fiction films, including those produced by the ICAIC, in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s; an exhibition of Cuban film posters at the San Luis House in Santa Úrsula, where the festival took place; a tribute to the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños for its 30th anniversary; and a meeting between the Filmoteca Canaria and the Cuba Cinematheque in the “Island Film Libraries” event.

Juan Ma Villar Betancort—a Canary Islands filmmaker and director of the festival (as well as co-director of the film Playing Lecuona)—said “We should simply let ourselves be carried away by the tides, and they will connect us with other island shores” [“Basta dejarnos llevar por las mareas, y serán ellas las que nos conecten con las otras orillas insulares”]. He also said about the Insularia Festival that “more than a film festival, it is an event featuring island culture. Film will be a pretext to approach the different island cultures on the planet, and for the gathering of island artists from multiple disciplines.”

For sources, see http://www.cubacine.cult.cu/articulo/2016/10/13/conducta-premio-largometraje-festival-insularia, http://insularia.org/2016/09/26/santa-ursula-acoge-el-nacimiento-del-festival-insularia-islas-en-red/ and http://www.laopinion.es/cultura/2016/09/03/santa-ursula-acoge-nacimiento-festival/702971.html

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