Rapper SpokSponha will present the opening gala to kick off the nine-day event dedicated to ‘Environmental Fear’.

For Mononoke, for Greta and for everyone’s future. This is how the Vicerrectora de Cultura Tecla Lumbreras defended the theme of the new edition of Fancine, the UMA’s fantastic film festival, which is dedicating its 32nd anniversary to the environmentalist cause under the emblem of ‘Environmental Fear’. The event will take place from 9 to 17 November at Cine Albéniz and other venues in the capital that will host more than eighty genre titles and a varied agenda of parallel activities that make up a programme tinged with green, in keeping with the natural component that articulates the contents of 2022.

The official presentation of the next Fancine birthday took place this Thursday morning at the Rectorado, with the presence of representatives of the different institutions that collaborate in the festival: Manuel López Mestanza, Delegate of Culture of the Provincial Council; Fernando Leguina, General Director of Education and Youth of the City Council; and Elsa Marina Álvarez, Deputy Director of the Fundación General de la UMA, which joins this year as a participating entity, to reinforce the university character of Fancine.

López Mestanza thanked Lumbreras and the team of the UMA’s Culture Service for the passion they always put into all the projects they support, and expressed his delight that Malaga has a festival of the level of Fancine, of which he considers himself a regular follower and spectator. For his part, Leguina defined the event as “a worthwhile project, a successful product” to which the public responds year after year, and expressed his intention to continue with this collaboration. Finally, Álvarez was pleased to begin to form part of this festival, which she referred to as a unique activity with a public service vocation, valuing the choice of this year’s theme, which promotes environmental awareness.

After the speeches by the authorities, it was Lumbreras herself who was in charge ofs revealing the surprises that had yet to be announced for this 32nd edition, such as the presenters of the galas, who will be the exceptional godfathers of two leading figures of the Spanish artistic scene of yesterday and today. The rapper and content creator SpokSponha will provide the punk touch to the opening ceremony next Wednesday in Hall 1 of the Alcazabilla, an event that will culminate with the screening of the film ‘The Visitor from the Future’ to open the nine days of cinema. For his part, the legendary Paco Clavel will give colour and exoticism to the reading of the list of winners and give way to ‘Fumer fait tousser’, which will turn off the Fancine projector until next autumn.

In between, a total of 83 projects will be screened, including twelve premieres and fifteen debut films, a line-up headed by an Official Selection that revalidates last year’s milestone by once again programming three Spanish films in competition. Thus, the new works by Jaume Balagueró (‘Venus’), Paul Urkijo (‘Irati’) and Carlos Vermut (‘Mantícora’), will coincide in the competition for the 9,000-euro prize awarded by Fancine to the best film with the works of acclaimed international directors, such as Park Chan-wook, Neil Marshall, Peter Strickland and Quentin Dupieux.

The mission of naming the winner and awarding other honourable mentions will be in the hands of the Official Jury, made up of three prestigious audiovisual professionals: the filmmaker Alberto Evangelio, who returns to Fancine after debuting with ‘Visitante’ in the last edition, the Malaga filmmaker Macarena Astorga and the director of the Méliès Federation of European fantastic film festivals Chris Oosterom. The winners’ podium will be finalised by the Young Jury, a committee made up of students from the different Andalusian public universities whose task will be to choose the short films distinguished in the two categories.

In addition to the competitive sections, the programme includes a wide range of films for all audiences and tastes. Thus, the usual sections such as Ánima Zone, Horror Zone, the powerful Informative Section, the CineAsia cycle or the one dedicated to this year’s leitmotif will be repeated on the schedule. And there will also be the Fantástico en Familia, which changes its traditional location to move the weekend morning sessions designed for the youngest members of the family to the Rectorate, with a storytelling performance before the free screening of the premiere of the anime ‘Sing a Bit of Harmony’.

The intention of inculcating a taste for the fantastic and creating a pool of talent also continues in the calendar of parallel activities, which includes several proposals for children, such as workshops and an event for beginners to electronic music in the Contenedor Cultural. The stage space of the Teatinos campus will once again become the epicentre of this complementary agenda of events, hosting the popular Fancine K-Pop contest, a comic book character creation workshop by the cartoonist Salva Espín and the concert by the group Orina, which completes the musical section of the event together with the traditional Soundtrack recital by the Malaga Provincial Symphony Orchestra.

The participation of the spectators will once again be essential in the development of the festival, so in addition to encouraging citizens to attend these events, Fancine intensifies the social and intimate component of the event with meetings with the directors of the films after the screenings, in which the public will have the opportunity to debate with them about their works. Among the guests visiting Malaga this November will be the multi-award-winning director Alberto Vázquez, who will talk about ‘Unicorn Wars’. Alongside him, other filmmakers such as the Chinese Cao Jinling (‘Anima’), the Italian Alberto Mascia (‘Hypersleep’), Diego López (‘Rec: terror sin pausa’), Ángeles Huerta (‘Cuerpo Abierto’), the Samcreta collective (‘Olimpo: Andalucía’) and the Malaga-born Ignacio Nacho (‘Isósceles’).

Tickets went on sale last Friday and can be purchased at a single price of 3 euros through the Uniticket channel and at the Albéniz box office. Those interested can also buy in advance and at the ticket office a voucher for ten different films at a price of 20 euros.

To close, Lumbreras made an environmentalist plea to convey the aim of this 32nd edition of the festival to instil a hopeful and optimistic message that involves caring for and respecting our environment through the screens. “Let’s hope we never have to say that all this was the countryside before. Let’s take the Earth’s side from the seats of the Albéniz”, he summed up.