The presentation of the Eighth Annual BCN Sports Film Festival, the Barcelona Festival of Sports Film and Television was held in the Sala Àmbit Cultural of the Corte Inglés in Barcelona’s Portal de l’Àngel.
The event was chaired by Mr David Escudé, President of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation and Sports Commissioner in Barcelona City Council; Mr Jordi Romañach, Director of Communications and External Relations at the Corte Inglés (Catalonia) who are principal sponsors of the Festival for the eighth consecutive year; Natalia Vía-Dufresne, women sailing silver medallist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and 2004 in Athens and Ambassador for the current event; and Agustí Argelich, Festival Director.
To mark the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Olympic and Paralympics, BCN Sports Films will be placing especial emphasis on tributes to the following personalities for their outstanding ties to the Barcelona ‘92 Games.
For his contribution to sport: Pasqual Maragall, ex-Mayor of Barcelona and former President of the Generalitat.
A tribute to the sports personalities Jesús Ángel García Bragado (7- time competitor) and the judoka, Miriam Blasco, the first Spanish woman to win an Olympic Gold.
And two post-mortem tributes to: Joan Palau Francàs, one of the pioneers of sports for the handicapped and the Paralympics in Spain and Guillermo Cabezas Conde, Founder of the Spanish Federation of Sports for the Handicapped and President of the International Association of the Handicapped.
One of the outstanding novelties of this year is the increase from six to nine venues. New settings for the Festival include the Casa Elizalde Cultural Centre, the Girona Cinemas, the Ponent Library in Sabadell and the 5th District Library in Terrassa. David Escudé highlighted the fact that “the new venues were bringing the Festival closer to the city and its suburbs”.
Another facet of this year’s Festival that is especially relevant is the conference which will be held in parallel: Sports and the Olympic Games in the Television of the Future. Taking part will be Paloma del Río who has covered Olympic Games for RTVE since 1988; José Ramón Díez, sub-director of production at RTO’92 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and producer of the opening and closing ceremonies at Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Sochi 2014; and Isidoro Moreno, Engineer in Chief for the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS).
We would like to highlight a number of films from amongst the more than twenty sessions in the programme including: Steve McQueen – The Man and Le Mans – which took part in the Classics Section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival; El Caso Fischer – first shown at the 2015 TIFF in Toronto; Hopptornet – shown in the Official Section of the 66th Berniale Shorts Competition and Let’s Be Frank screened in the Official Section of the 65th San Sebastian Film Festival.