There is still a lot of work to be done for Sandra Lipsky and her team ahead of the opening ceremony on the 11th Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) at the Teatro Principal in Palma on October 26. However, this weekend Sandra threw a cocktail party for local friends and the media to celebrate the fact that the festival has been named, for the fifth year in a row, as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world worth paying to enter the industry’s leading magazine Film Maker.
The jury not only lavishes the festival with praise but also loves the site – Mallorca. “It’s a fantastic achievement for the team and a huge boost as we come out of the pandemic and the festival enters a new decade.
“Now, in our eleventh year, we can not only return to normal, but we will be bigger and better than ever before, and we will be annually Film Maker Categories are a great help. Jury She reaches her conclusions by asking people from all sectors of the industry who attend festivals what they think. They gauge the opinions of participants and festival attendees, so the feedback from Mallorca must be good, and I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to achieve over the past decade. Last year, despite Covid, we were able to organize our 10th Anniversary Festival. So, nothing has stopped us so far.
“It is also important to note that the festival is the only one in Spain to take the top 50 and one of them Only six in EuropeTherefore, continuing to raise the level of the festival constantly over the past years is a real milestone for all participants.”
“The key to the success of the festival is its location. Everyone in the world wants to come to Mallorca. Once they arrive, if they have never visited the island and the festival before, the majority return year after year, and it has never gone unnoticed before Local authorities.
At first, when we first embarked on this journey 11 years ago, they were somewhat skeptical. I don’t think they really understood what we were trying to do and how the festival would benefit the island and the locals Film and audio-visual industry.
“However, over the years, they have understood the idea and now, they are complete, giving us and giving us all the support and assistance we need. This year, more than ever, they listen to what we want and take note, which is a huge benefit. I think the authorities feel proud too. b What does the festival represent? What are you doing to the island?
“At the moment we are still getting entries. The first deadline is May 2, the second is July 4 and we close in August. The longer people leave it, the higher the prices, but still, there are a lot of discounts on social media. Or just Contact us, we are here to help Filmmakers; This is what the festival is all about.
“In fact, while this year we again expect to receive over 1,000 submissions, we want to focus heavily on new and emerging filmmakers. This will mean even more. short films. We usually choose and show between 35 and 40, but this year it will be at least 60, and that’s one area where the festival will expand.
“Obviously we will have 10 to 12 films and the first one, but the festival is among some of the leading film festivals in Spain so it makes it difficult to get the best film. So we are sticking to our roots, I think, and we will focus more on helping the next generation of Filmmakers – the growing number a woman, which is great. Just take a look at the major festivals and award ceremonies that have already taken place this year; They were dominated by women.
“We are looking to have an additional 40 films in total and that means more people, so it continues to grow, which is great. We will continue to use the Convention Center and Cine Ciutat. Car shows will be in Port Adriano as always, but this year there will be Some offers Pop-up cinemas In galleries and other unusual places around Palma, this is exciting.
“Like I said, it’s hard work, but my passion and seeing the recognition that Mallorca is gaining makes me very proud. We are clearly doing the right thing in the right place and we plan to continue doing exactly that.”
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