Alfaz del Pi, once again roles out the red carpet
Every year, in early July the Alicante town of Alfaz del Pi is transformed, and its streets filled to celebrate this classic and glamorous Film Festival, which this year will take place between 8th and 17th July. Thus, the neighbouring town of Benidorm turns into a mecca for moviegoers of all nationalities and cultures.
For nine days, the classic Cinema Roma, as well as the traditional film sessions by the sea in the Playa del Albir, gives life to the Walk of Stars which has a large number of personalities that are related to the seventh art.
This year celebrates 28 festivals that have now been held in Alfaz del Pi.
As in the case of the Alicante Film Festival, the Film Festival Alfaz del Pi 2016 will also count on the unconditional support of the Provincial Council of Alicante, with its undisputed economic and promotional support, that has lasted throughout nearly three decades.
Also as every year, there is the mythical and much sort after award Faro de Plata, for which 17 films will be competing for. This award as well as others for different categories, in other editions of the festival have been awarded to important figures relevant to the world of acting such as Carmen Maura, Maribel Verdu, Emma Suarez, Imanol Arias, Eduardo Noriega and Veronica Forqué, as well as filmmakers like Pedro Almodóvar, Fernando Trueba, Carlos Saura and sadly missed Bigas Luna.
In the last edition of Film Festival l'Alfaz del Pi, the short film “ Welcome “ by Javier Fesser had the audience in his pocket when he received the Faro de Plata for best short film. The Second Prize The Commemorative plaque went to Manel Lega the director of the La Gallina, while Third Prize fell to the director Javier Macipe for Os merinos do rio.
Other winners were Gerardo Herrero as best director for his short film Safari; Best Screenplay went to Javier Fesser, Guillermo Fesser and Luis Manso, for Welcome. On the other hand, Luis Bermej picked up the award for best actor for A future together, while Helen Kennedy was honoured as best actress again for Safari.
Other developments from the last edition is the re-introduction of films shown on Albir Beach, which many of its residents and holiday makers have longed for, for several years. The festival also features a varied program parallel to the films, such as opera performances and swing numbers, combined with the street and avant-garde art.
Another section triumphing among the moviegoers was the projection of Italian short films.
For this upcoming edition of the Alfaz Del Pi 2016 film Festival, the organizers of the contest received a total of 820 entries, tripling the participation from last year.
As usual, participation is been open to any Spanish fiction production that does not exceed 30 minutes.
Also as in each edition, an extensive jury was in charge of watching all the films, then evaluating and selecting the 17 films chosen to be part of the official section of this new festival. At the same time, as usual, other short films will be screened but not included in the competition.
For this upcoming Film Festival Alfaz 2016, the first prize winner will be awarded with 5000 € and the new Faro de Plata trophy, followed by a second prize of 2500 € and a Commemorative plaque and a Third prize, consisting of a Commemorative plaque and 1250 €.
Also not to be missed is the emotional Audience Award, which the winners of the various film categories will receive 500 €.
A few days ago, the festival organizers confirmed through social networks, the 17 titles of the films this year that would give life to the new edition of the festival, gradually starting by showing each of the trailers on different platforms.
Some advances promise a lot, with interesting stories which cover a range of different topics. Science fiction, drama, war movies, suspense and some sensitive issues such as gender violence and identity problems are present among the seventeen films that will compete for the grand Faro de Plata.
Therefore, we can start familiarizing with titles like Zero, Hostal Eden, Baraka, Sputnik, Timecode and Graffiti, and promising name directors such as David Victori, César Deneken, Antonio Navarro and Nestor Ruiz Medina.
The date is getting closer, and you who are staying in any of our 9 hotels Servigroup in Benidorm, or the Hotel Servigroup Montíboli of Villajoyosa, should not forget that you have within your reach the new Alfaz del Pi 2016 Film Festival.