El extraño (The Stranger)
Pablo Álvarez

Part symphony of a city, part experimental film and, to some extent, a false documentary.

Length: 28 min.
Language: Spanish.
Shooting format: HD
Shooting location: Santiago (Chile).

A box containing various videos in different formats is found in the Persian market in Teniente Cruz. The images show the centre of Santiago at night, journeys on the underground, subterranean galleries, corners where prostitution takes place, etc. Different voices try to describe the person behind the camera through stories which are disconnected and often contradict each other. The result is the dubious reconstruction of an absent man. A man who leads a double life, and is perhaps a would-be predator.



Santiago (Chile), 1985. He graduated with a film degree from ARCOS Professional Institute in 2013, showing a strong inclination towards socio-political cinema throughout his degree. He directed the short films Carroña (2011) and De todos los santos (2012), which were included in the official shortlist for the 7th Kratkofil Plus International Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the 55th Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival, respectively. In 2014, he completed Los resentidos, a fictional short film that featured in various film contests, including the XIII International Film Students Meeting which was held as part of the 62nd San Sebastian International Festival.


2014 - Los resentidos.
2012 - De todos los santos.
2011 - Carroña.

After his time in Ikusmira Berriak, El Extraño, produced by Carroña Films, was selected to be part of the Zabaltegi – Tabakalera Selection of the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival. In October 2016, the short film also participated in Zabaltegi – Tabakalera Season that took place in the International Centre of Contemporary Culture of San Sebastian. 

Fleurette French
Tamyka Smith

Fleurette French is a real woman who lives in Florida. She has been arrested for calling 911 because she was lonely.
The project consists of a short fiction film, a short documentary and an installation.

Length: 15 min.
Language: English.
Shooting format: DCP following DCI.
Shooting location: Florida.

Fleurette French is living in the retirement community of Vero Beach Florida. After her shopping and house chores are done and it turns to evening, she attempts to check in with some far away family on the phone and after failing to get a hold of anyone, she decides to take more drastic measures to attain a human connection with someone.


New York, 1983. Co-founder of Daughters Projects, a small production company doing their part to put women in the middle of the conversation about women in film and media by telling female driven stories and using female led crews.
Her short film He's The Best premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and will go on to play at numerous international festivals throughout the year.
She is also a mother and a New Yorker.

2015 - He's The Best.

After her stay in San Sebastian, Tamyka Smith has been working on several projects. She is currently immersed in the preproduction of Fleurette French, filming will begin early 2017. 

IRA 26-2
Maider Oleaga

A video diary split into 26 moments, in order to reflect the house number of Elbira Zipitria, Ira, in which the director lives now. A performative ritual to bring Ira's presence back to the house.

Length: 80 min.
Language: Basque.
Shooting format: DCP following DCI.
Shooting location: San Sebastian.

You, 20th century Basque woman, teacher, politician, linguist, nationalist, Elbira Zipitria, Ira. You spent 60 years living in Fermín Calbetón Street in the old part of San Sebastian, where you set up a clandestine Basque school in the darkest years of the Franco dictatorship. Now, I live in that house and I've set out to look for you, following the glimmers that your vague memories have awakened in me. I know, Ira, that you will appear in my eyes. And I, woman K, will be born in the process.



Bilbao, 1976. She holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication and a diploma in Film Direction from the Madrid Film School (ECAM). In 2015, she completed a Master's Degree in Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of the Basque Country.
She’s currently working on the project Agur/Henffych!, a creative relationship initiated through video letters exchanged with the Welsh visual artist Naomi Heath. The main theme or link between these letters is language, both Basque and Welsh.


2014 - (G)uneak (codirected with Maialen Sarasua).
2012 - Esperanza.
2010 - Sitios prestados al aire.
2009 - Amaren ideia.

After her time in Ikusmira Berriak, Maider moved to Berlin to shoot a documentary for EiTB, Iragan gunea Berlin, which was selected in the Zinemira Selection of the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival. IRA 26-2  has received financing from the Basque Government that supports creative documentaries production. The project is currently in a preproduction stage. 

Trote (Trot)
Xacio Baño

Trote is a feature film somewhere between fiction and documentary. A film to play with non-actors, real locations, exteriors, and with filming and recording to find the story.
A film of sensations, in which the conflicts between the characters are not evident, and in which the only aim is to transmit a vital moment.

Length: 75 min.
Language: Galician.
Shooting format: HD
Shooting location: Galicia.

Ramón (62 years old) hides while his hunting companions chase wild boar. Ramón confessed to Josefa (60 years old) that he was unfaithful to her several times during the 40 years they have been married. Ramón asks her to spend a last weekend with all the family in the 'rapa das bestas' (capture of the beasts).
The journey between their house, in the middle of nowhere, to the hunt, on top of a mountain, is an itinerary between places from the past and moments in the present. There in the 'rapa', the 'aloitadores' cut the horses' manes.

xacio baño

Xove (Lugo), 1983. He studied Cinema at the University of León. He has produced, written and directed several short films, among which we can single out Estereoscopía (2011) and Anacos (2012), which have been presented in numerous national and international festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, New directors/New Films MoMA, Telluride, Mar del Plata, Las Palmas, Alcine, Málaga, Slamdance, Busan,...
Ser e voltar (2014), his first experience in the field of non-fiction, was premièred at the 67th Locarno Festival and has recently received the Canal+ Prize and Jury Special Mention at the 37th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


2014 - Ser e voltar.
2013 - Entre el relámpago y el trueno.
2012 - Anacos.
2011 - Estereoscopía.

In July 2016, the feature film Trote, produced by Frida Films, received financial support from the Galician Government. Last year, AGADIC, the Galician Cultural Industry Agency, allocated 2 million euros to the audiovisual industry, and granted 259.000 euros to Xacio’s project. The Galician Television also supported a part of the project. The shooting of Trote will start in mid-2017.  

Pictures - 1st Edition 2015

Maider Oleaga, Paz Lázaro, Xacio Baño, Oskar Alegria, Marianne Slott, Pablo Álvarez, Tamyka Smith in Tabakalera

Paz Lázaro, Oskar Alegria, Mariane Slot

Pablo Álvarez, Maide Oleaga, Tamyka Smith, Xacio Baño

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