San Sebastian Hands Out Industry Awards for Unfinished Projects

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Aly Muritiba's 'Rust' and Telmo Esnal's 'Dantza' took home prizes.

Aly Muritiba’s Rust and Telmo Esnal’s Dantza on Wednesday snapped up the coveted Industry Awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the event handed out prizes worth the full cost of postproduction for the industry-magnet sections featuring highly filtered, unfinished projects.

A look at teenage romance in Brazil, Rust swept the Latin American-focused Films in Progress section, while the Basque-language musical film Dantza played in the newly created Glocal in Progress showcase, highlighting films from non-hegemonic European languages.

Both awards amount to the full costs of postproduction of a film obtaining a DCP subtitled in English and Spanish copy and a guaranteed slot in San Sebastian next year, as well as the possibility of distribution in Spain.

“This section is important because we can show our projects,” Muritiba said while picking up the award. “But it is especially important for us to know that we have a spot here in Europe.”

Rust, which landed the Films in Progress top prize, also takes home the freshly minted Film Factory Award, which granted €30,000 (approximately $35,000) to the producer for the first time at San Sebastian's awards as a presale on all international rights outside Spain.

Meanwhile, the Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum — facilitating networking and pitching for 16 selected projects — closed with Argentine Ezequiel Radusky’s Permanent Staff, which follows the rise of a woman who wants to improve her life by opening a canteen in the building where she works and the reaction it provokes in her closest friends. Produced by Argentine Diego Lerman's Campo Cine, the film took home €10,000 (nearly $12,000) for the producer.

Elsewhere at the festival, Monica Bellucci picked up the Donostia Lifetime Award in the Velodrome Theater. Earlier Wednesday, she spoke about beauty and working as an actress.

“I’m 53 years old and I’m still working as an actress, so I don’t believe it’s just about beauty,” Bellucci said. “The impact of beauty barely lasts five minutes. The initial curiosity turns to nothing if there’s nothing more.”

The San Sebastian Film Festival runs through Saturday, when the event’s official awards, including the Golden Shell, will be announced.