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The Riurau Film Festival

The Riurau Film Festival begins its second decade with a multitude of novelties and with the aim of being a reference festival.

2022 celebrates its 11th edition and it does so by premiering a new logo. The ‘Bancalet’ (trophy) identifies this festival, that .for this year has received a total of more than 450 short films from more than 26 countries, of which 45 have been selected.

The Festival will start on August 20th and end on September 11th with seven days of screenings.

The screenings and alternative activities will take place in four of the Marina Alta towns: Dénia, Javea, Jesús Pobre and La Xara. Representatives from these towns and from the Festival itself have been present at the presentation of this new edition.

Among the novelties this year, the festival has a new focus and that is the film industry itself, its health in our country and the financing opportunities when it comes to producing short films. In this way, and with a view to this new decade, the Festival aims to promote fruitful encounters between producers and filmmakers and promote new bases for the financing of the production of short films in our community and in Spain as a whole. Diversity films in the different sections of the festival is also consolidated this year.

Riurau Express

The start of the action launches the new edition at the Riurau Express Filming Marathon. This event will be held in Jesús Pobre on the 20th and 21st and registration to participate is now open. The Filming Marathon will start at 10:00 am at the Center d’Art Al Pati.

The challenge of the Riurau Express is to record and edit a short film in 38 hours. The theme is free but that day some of the shooting requirements will be revealed, which will be the same for all filmmakers and short films.


The Xara

The screening program begins on Friday the 26th August with the films from the Short Films section in Valencià and Català at the Plaça del Cinema de La Xara.


On Saturday, August 27th, it will continue at the Parc de Torrecremada in Dénia with four short films of Social Fiction and on Sunday 28, also in Dénia, the selected short films of General Fiction will be announced.

Jesús Pobre

On Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3, the Short Film Festival will be held at the Gran Riurau de Jesús Pobre, where Fiction will be screened on the first day and three different sections on the second: short films by the students of the Escola de Cinema Riurau, short films made in the Riurau Express Marathon and the Dance Film section, which this year presents the work produced by the Film de Dansa Lab group.


On the third weekend, September 9th and 10th, the screenings will take place at the Riurau d’Arnauda in Javea where “Los Almadrabos” will be screened, the documentary selected for the Environment and the Sea section to give way to Fiction, which will also extend to the last day.

Other activities

Charla: on September 3, at the Center d’Art Al Pati of the EATIM Jesus Pobre The talk on cinema and gender identity “Soy No Binario” will take place, presented by Carlos Lamm and offered by José Valero and Charly.

Shooting course: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September will be the traditional Rodatge and Muntatge Youth Curset (Youth Filming and Editing Course) will be taught once again at Artístics, Dénia, to young and not so young people who want to get closer to the cinema and to the Escola de Cinema Riurau to acquire basic notions of cinematographic language, film and edit some interesting sequences. The course is free and will be held from 18:00 p.m. to 21:00 p.m.

Conference: on Friday the 9th Javea, at 19:00 p.m., Salvador Aldeguer, dubbing actor, teacher and director, as well as a writer, will give a lecture in the Soler Blasco Museum’s assembly hall under the title “Cinema Voices: History and anecdotes of dubbing to the other side of the screen”.

Dance Seminar: on Saturday, September 10, it will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Artistics de Dénia, the Seminari de Film de Dança that replaces this year the Encontres de Film de Dança that for eight years have been held in the context of the festival. This year the seminar will be about Shargi. The cinematographic creation from the body in movement. The Film de Dança Lab group will examine the work done at Shargi.

Gala and Awards: The RIURAU Film Festival will close the 11th edition with a Grand Awards Ceremony at the Dénia Social Center Auditorium. It will be on Sunday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. In this appointment there will be a screening of a small selection of winning shorts (according to time) and a Roundtable on Cinema, Industry and Financing, in which the filmmakers attending the gala will participate.

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