ZINEBI 51 – Day one in Bilbao

Bilboa The Bilbao Film Festival has just kicked off – ZINEBI 51 – which translated from local language and dialect means, Cinema Bilbao 51 (51 being the number of years the festival has now been running – amazing huh! And don't you love that poster? Terrific stuff). Bilbao is in Northern Spain, and I must say, it’s a bit of a culture shock – everything seems to get done at its own pace. Nothing appears to be in a hurry. Ever.

Even today, officially the first day of the festival, I enjoyed an extended lunch (actually not extended by local tradition I now suspect) with the festival organisers and other film makers (the food was both incredible and cheap). And I have to say, I kind of like this slower pace. It does seem to work very well, and there is no visible stress – at other festivals I have seen organisers have a full blown melt down over inconsequential stuff – so these guys have got it right.

And I am being looked after by the extremely charming Amaiur who found me this morning, wandering lost in the hotel lobby, without my caffeine fix – I missed breakfast as I forgot to change the clock! Doh! I am glad she is around as my Spanish is terrible. Actually, I don’t know any Spanish and I rely on being that Brit guy who looks a little confused. So far, everyone has been gracious enough to speak to me in English, or the universal language of hand waving.

So Gone Fishing plays in continental Europe for only the second time (Oldenburg being the first) – I cannot wait to see how audiences receive it. I am shooting a video blog as per usual, and will have the webisode uploaded as soon as possible…

Right, now I need a siesta as it’s going to be a long night. Apparently, all the nights are very long here!

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author


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