The festival of short films in 4K-UHD opens the inscriptions for its second edition, whose awards ceremony will be on November 20, 2020

The Albéniz Cinema hosts today from 7:00 p.m. the gala awards of the Málaga 4K Fest, international festival of short films in 4K-Ultra High Definition (UHD) organized by Medina Media Events and whose technical direction runs from this year in charge of Festival de Málaga. This incorporation has given a decisive boost to the internationalisation of this initiative, which was launched in 2015 by the Spanish satellite company HispasatMálaga 4K Fest has, among others, the support of companies that have been betting on 4K for years, such as RTVE, Atresmedia (Atreseries), Dolby, Ad Hoc Studios, Fujinon, SGO, Hispasat, Medina Media 4K and the UHD World Forum, which sponsor the seven awards.

The gala, with free entrance until full capacity, has the presence of the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, the CEO of Medina Media Events, Ricardo Medina, the director of Festival de Málaga, Juan Antonio Vigar, and representatives of the sponsoring companies. Some of the most important directors of the 4K technology and content industry worldwide will attend, who attend the 4K Summit every year and in this way will pay tribute to the young creators who are beginning to work with Ultra High Definition. After the awards ceremony, attendees will be able to enjoy the screenings of the winning short films.

During the Málaga 4K Fest Awards Ceremony there will also be a presentation of the UHD Spain Association (a non-profit association of which companies and professionals interested in the development of Ultra High Definition in Spain can be part), and the next edition of the Malaga 4K Fest Festival will be announced.

The jury has chosen the winners from among the 21 finalists selected by a committee of Festival de Málaga experts, after receiving a total of 517 works. This figure quadruples that of the last edition, when 127 entries were submitted. The countries of origin of the works have also increased, going from 17 to 47. This jury was formed by:

  • Cristina Pérez Cantó, Communications Director of Hispasat.
  • Samuel Martín Mateos, director of La2 at RTVE.
  • Elena Ceballos, Director of Marketing and PR for Southern Europe at Dolby Laboratories.
  • Salvador Luna, Manager Photo Imaging and Optical Devices, Fujifilm Spain.
  • Luis León Luri, coordinator of thematic channels of Atresmedia.
  • Javier Valdés, founder and owner of Ad Hoc Studios.
  • María Medina, commercial director of Medina Media.
  • Noemí Ruiz, actress.
  • Javier Pereira, actor.
  • Benjamin Schwarz, Communications Chairman of Ultra HD Forum.
  • Juan Antonio Vigar, director of Festival de Málaga.
  • Miguel Ángel Doncel, CEO of SGO.

The winners of this edition of Malaga 4K Fest in the seven categories are:

  • HISPASAT AWARD TO THE BEST SHORT, endowed with 3,000 euros, to the best short film: Gümus (Deniz Telek, Turkey).
  • ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION FORUM AWARD (UHD FORUM), endowed with 2,160 euros, to the short film with the most and best UHD technology: Mamá (Eduardo Vieitez, Spain).
  • MEDINA MEDIA 4K AWARD FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR, endowed with 2,000 euros, for the best direction: Cosy for Two at Kuleshov St. (Sousa Haz, Hungary).
  • DOLBY/ADHOC AWARD TO THE BEST SOUND, endowed with 1,000 euros, plus Dolby Atmos sound mastering, to the short film with the best sound: Tshweesh (Feyrouz Serhal, Qatar, Germany, Spain).
  • FUJIFILM/SGO AWARD FOR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY, endowed with 1,000 euros, plus a professional camera, to the short film with the best photography: Pendant que les champs brulent (Dubuc-Babinet Louve, France).
  • RTVE AWARD TO THE BEST SHORT FILM OF SCHOOL OF FILM, endowed with 1,000 euros, plus broadcast of the short in the program ‘Versión española’: Por mí y por todas (Manuela Burr Tapia, Chile).
  • ATRESERIES AWARD TO THE BEST SHORT FILM FOR TV, endowed with 1,000 euros, plus broadcast and promotion of the short in Atreseries, including an interview with its director, to the best adaptable short film for television: Background (Toni Bestard. Spain).

The total number of shorts received this year came from Spain (321 shorts), France (34), Argentina (29), Brazil (19), Mexico, Colombia and South Korea (all three with 11), Iran (8), Chile, USA, India and Italy (with 6), United Kingdom (4), Netherlands, Peru, Czech Republic and Switzerland (3), Germany, China, Egypt, Greece, Nepal, Russia, Sweden and Turkey (2), Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam (all with 1). Other co-producing countries are Ecuador, Japan, Nicaragua, Qatar and Romania.

As of today, the registration for the second edition of Málaga 4K Fest, whose awards ceremony will take place on November 20, 2020, opens.