The ninth edition of La Muestra will screen 30 films in the month of November

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The ninth edition of the Lanzarote Film Show will return to the screens from November 22 to 30. The central theme of this year’s edition will be “salt”, a key mineral in the economic, social and cultural construction of the island of Lanzarote and the history of humanity.

The proposal continues under the direction of Javier Fuentes Feo and the management of the Tenique Film Association. For nine days, 30 international films will be shown divided into four sections: “Official Section”, “Trasfoco: La Sal”, “Crossroads: Canarian filmmakers” and “Destiladera. Any time passed”.

The main objectives of the Lanzarote Film Show are to make visible those innovative films that rethink the usual cinematographic patterns, encourage public debate and connect contemporary culture with the local context, its inhabitants, its landscape and its history.


The Official Section will exhibit seven titles of renowned national and international filmmakers. Directors from countries such as China, Austria, Spain or France will travel to the island to present and discuss their feature films.

The jury of this section will be composed of Beatrice Fiorentino, member of the selection committee of the International Critics’ Week of Venice; David Varela, co-director and programmer of DocumentaMadrid; and Carmensa de la Hoz, cultural promoter, curator of exhibitions and collaborator of César Manrique in the creation of different projects. As was already done in 2018, the jury’s deliberation for Best Film will be public, being a novelty within the festival circuit.

In the selection of the Trasfoco Section film, it will revolve around the theme of “salt” and filmmakers from India, Portugal, Venezuela, Peru and Spain will participate in it. In the Trasfoco Section, in addition to screening ten key films that address this theme, conferences will be held on the importance of salt in the history of mankind and different guided walks through some of the most important historical salt flats in Lanzarote.

Cruce de Caminos is the space destined for the current Canarian cinema and the creative talent of the islands. For its part, the Distillery Section, curated by the Tenerife-born filmmaker Dailo Barco will be responsible, as in 2018, for recovering and presenting the domestic cinema shot in Lanzarote.

Open calls

Currently the Lanzarote Film Show has two open calls: Young Jury and Trophy Design. With the aim of bringing independent cinema to the youngest people on the island and, in turn, having the contribution that new generations can provide to the Sample, one more year the Call for Young Jury opens, open until October 27 to young people between 16 and 21 years. This Jury will consist of three people and will be responsible for attending all the projections of the Official Section and awarding the prize of this category.

In collaboration with the Pancho Lasso Art School and in order to promote the participation of the talent and creativity of Canarian art students, the trophy design call will remain open until November 15. All the students of this school, as well as the students of public institutes of Lanzarote, can present themselves to this call. The Sample will select two trophies that will be awarded as prizes for the Best Film of the Official Section and Young Jury Prize.

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