Tabakalera is a centre for the creation of contemporary culture, and its purpose is to inspire critical thinking, reflection and debate.
In addition to the cultural project, the Tabakalera building also house the headquarters of the Basque Film Archive, the San Sebastián Film Festival, the Etxepare Basque Institute, the Kutxa Foundation and Elías Querejeta Film School, strengthening a creative community and providing spaces where different players and the public can collaborate and interact with each other.
The main purpose of Tabakalera is to promote the creation of contemporary culture in various creative fields and in all its stages (research, production, exhibition), and it aims to inspire creation and strengthen the existing creative context by supporting the local community.
The San Sebastián Film Festival, which celebrates its 69th anniversary in 2021, is one of the most important film festivals in the world. Competitive and non-specialised in nature, it is certified by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).
In partnership with Tabakalera International Centre of Contemporary Culture, the San Sebastián Film Festival hosts Nest Film Students meeting, which brings together students from film schools all over the world. Students whose work has been selected previously take part in screenings of their short films, discussions and masterclasses given by industry professionals.
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is an international centre for thinking, research, experimental practice and pedagogical innovation based around the past, present and future of cinema. Created and financed by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is opening in 2017 with a passionately regenerative spirit: its ultimate purpose is not to train technical staff by following traditional standardised training models, but to encourage the emergence of filmmakers with a comprehensive vision of cinema who are able to produce new (working, conceptual, creative, professional) realities on film.
The institutions involved in the development of the School are not teaching institutions but film institutions. This is why the School that they are promoting is also basically a film project: an idea of cinema that is taking shape as an educational project. This is the reason why the EQZE does not have a range of training programmes, but a single educational project made up of three postgraduate programmes: Film Preservation Studies, Film Curating Studies and Filmmaking Studies.