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The Councilor for Culture highlights that the contest is already "a national benchmark for the quality of the work and its organization"

The Film Academy includes the Skyline Benidorm Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Goya Awards

01 July 2022
Skyline Film Festival

The Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences has included the Skyline Benidorm Film Festival in the list of qualifying festivals for the 2023 Goya Awards, which means that the winning short films in the Official National Fiction Section and the Official Section National Documentary will have direct access to registration in the Goya next year.

The winners in the last edition of Skyline were 'Impossible to tell you goodbye' by Yolanda Centeno, as Best National Fiction Short Film, and 'Exhibitor' by Nacho Fernández, in the Best National Documentary Short Film section. However, all those selected in the Official Section will also have the opportunity to opt for the Goya Awards.

With this qualification, Benidorm opens another door for professionals in the sector to access the Academy awards. Skyline Benidorm Film Festival is dedicated exclusively to the world of short films with payment for selection in addition to economic prizes.

The director of the event, Beatriz Hernández, has pointed out that this inclusion by the Academy is "a great recognition of the work we have been developing for six years to promote and promote the short film".

After its inclusion, the Skyline Benidorm Film Festival joins a list of 41 national festivals that are "a hotbed of talent and cradles of filmmakers who in the future will be the protagonists of our cinema today" said Hernández.

For his part, the Councilor for Culture, Jaime Jesús Pérez, stressed that the festival "has become a benchmark within the national circuit as evidenced by the record numbers of participants that the event has achieved year after year and the quality of the papers presented”. The mayor has also stated that since its first edition "it has fitted extraordinarily well into the city, diversifying and enlarging the cultural offer and capturing the attention of the film industry and the public for a week."

Likewise, Pérez has valued "the great work that Beatriz Hernández and her entire team carry out edition after edition, which has made it possible for the event to be included among those that will qualify for the next Goya Awards, the most important in Spanish cinema."

In the six editions of this festival, renowned filmmakers and professionals have already passed through it, such as Luis Parés, Mabel Lozano, Chema García Ibarra, Javier Pereira, Pilar García Elegido, Paula Usero and Jaime Olías, among others.

The organization is already working on the seventh edition, whose call will open in the coming months. Beatriz Hernández has taken the opportunity to thank all the audience of the event "for her immense support throughout these years", but also "the press and the media, authentic accomplices in the visibility of the festival".