The best sports film festival was presented at Barcelona Olympic and Sports Museum at an event hosted by Marta Carranza —president of Barcelona Olympic Foundation and Barcelona City Council’s Commissioner for Sport—, Jordi Romañach —director of Communication and External Relations of El Corte Inglés-Catalonia, sponsor of the Festival— and the ambassadors and athletes Alba Gonzalo, Jose Manuel Roura and Hamza Driouich, the last two being the leading actors of two documentaries participating in the festival.
Marta Carranza outlined the highlights of the 10th edition of the festival, as well as the venues, the programme, the theme and the large number of films participating this year —more than 2,400 audio-visual entries. She also highlighted the playful and educational value of the children’s sessions —with over 2,500 participants— and the importance of the screenings in prisons, where the documentaries are used to work with the inmates.
Jordi Romañach, director of Communication and External Relations at El Corte Inglés-Catalonia, expressed his satisfaction with El Corte Inglés’ sponsorship of BCN Sports Film Festival and encouraged everyone to discover the high quality of the films that will be screened free of charge in all the festival venues.
Agustí Argelich, director of BCN Sports Film Festival, served as the master of ceremonies and journalist and summarised the career paths of the three ambassadors:
Alba Gonzalo has a strong background in sports, specifically as goalkeeper in inline and ice hockey. Despite her youth, she has participated in different European leagues, and she currently plays in the Swedish league. Alba will be one of the most important players in the World Roller Games, which will be held in Barcelona in July.
Jose Manuel Roura is the director of the Skate Agora Academy and has been a skateboarding professional for over 20 years. Roura is one of the leads of the documentary El Primer Bowl – The First Bowl, which revolves around the beginnings of skateboarding in Catalonia with the construction of the first skatepark in Arenys de Munt 40 years ago.
Last but not least, Hamza Driouich, the star of Hamza. A Thousand-Step Trip, a short documentary that reflects the situation of an entire generation of children of immigrants who, despite having always lived in Catalonia, need to find their place in society. This film shows sport as a key tool for social integration.
Hamza stressed how hard it was to show his life in front of the camera, but he is very pleased with the outcome of the documentary.
Agustí Argelich acknowledged the hard work of the festival organisers and explained that this year’s SpotSport’s winner is Mario Casado who, at the early age of 15, created a magnificent spot.
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