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Formentera Film Festival celebrates short fiction in “Marmatuile” and “Gaza”, documentary on human rights abuses in Palestine

fff-clausura--1-1The Formentera Council's office of culture reports that yesterday (Sunday May 19) marked the end of the sixth Formentera Film Festival. More than three hundred fans of short films, music and art came out every night of the four-day affair.

Last night filmmakers who had submitted productions and festivalgoers sat down for the FFF awards show, and enjoyed entertainment—from the Balearic symphonic orchestra's Palma Brass Movie Themes—designed to bring cinematic music to wider audiences. The FFF organising team—Viviana Carlet, Monica Timperi, Silvio Bandinelli and Carlo Migotto—took the stage with Xènia Fuertes to emcee the ceremony.

FFF's international panel of jurors presented the award for best film to:
Marmatuile, Mexico | 2017 | 11'40” | fiction, directed by Alejandro Saevich. A comedy that combines political satire with a flair for the grotesque and...unfailingly on-point photography. The honourees received jewellery designed by Lorenzo Pepe.

FFF audiences awarded their highest honour to:
Gaza, Spain | 2018 | 18'40'' | documentary, directed by Carles Bover and Julio Pérez. A short film concerning the human rights breaches endured by Palestinians on the Gaza Strip. The honourees received a piece by Enric Majoral.

Teen jurors gave their special distinction to:
Cerdita, Spain | 2018 | 14' | fiction, directed by Carlota Martínez Pereda.
This prize was created by artist Sol Courreges Boné de la Torre

Child jurors presented their special award to:
Catherine, Belgium | 2017 | 11'51'' | animated feature, directed by Brit Raes.
This prize was created by artist Andrés Rodríguez

Collective Signatures' honourable mention went to:
Wave, Ireland | 2017 | 13' | fiction, directed by Benjamin Cleary and TJ O'Grady Peyton

FFF jurors voted to offer two productions their “honourable mention” award:

Best documentary
Raz Dwa Zero – One Two Zero
Poland | 2017 | 15' | documentary
Director: Anna Pawluczuk

Best animated documentary
Min Börda – The Burden
Sweden | 2017 | 14' | animated feature
Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr

The FFF organising team hailed the success of this year's festival and stressed efforts were already under way for the 2021 edition of the biannual gathering.

May 20, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Council unveils 'Formentera, a safe place to travel' pamphlets

foto-destinacio---segura prems1Today at 12 noon in the CiF Sala d'Actes, a team of individuals including the head of the CiF president's office and the councillor of tourism (Bartomeu Escandell and Alejandra Ferrer, respectively) as well as local police chief Félix Ramos and Enrique Gómez Bastida, the Guardia Civil's commander in the Pityuses, met before members of the press to unveil “Formentera, destinació segura” (Formentera, a safe place to travel).

President Ferrer said the outreach initiative's associated pamphlet covers the safety essentials for visiting tourists, not to mention smartphone apps to report a crime (AlertCops), online tools to file incident reports (“e-denuncies”) and important phone numbers and basic tips.

The brochure is being published in Castilian Spanish, Catalan and English, and is available online in the Useful information section of the island's portal for tourists: https://www.formentera.es/en/planning/useful-information/

Interpreting in 50 languages
The CiF tourism office has contracted Dualia, a service that provides interpreting in more than 50 languages. Said Ferrer: “One phone call is all it takes to obtain assistance in over 50 languages—24 hours a day, 365 days a year”.

The civil guard, local police, lifeguard and rescue services, tourist info spots and CiF emergency social work staff plan to use the system as well. Ferrer described Dualia as a way to “avoid slip-ups in translation, improve services for visitors and islanders who are still learning our language, and minimise incidents that stem from cultural differences”.

Those at the press conference pointed out that tourists will also need to sign up on the Guardia Civil's registry of overnight lodgers as an additional measure to improve local safety.

Security reinforcements
Commander Gómez pointed out that this summer special Guardia Civil security forces like SEPRONA and ROCA will be in place on the island. As in years past, an extra continent of traffic agents will be here, too.

President Escandell underscored that the local police force was preparing to expand its ranks to 16 this summer, with enough manpower to cover every shift. He additionally pointed to the formation of the administration's inspection team and brigade of blue zone parking attendants as key to freeing up law enforcement officers for other operations.


May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

40 Formentera business owners take interest in strategic tourism sectors

reunio---set premsa1Today at 11.00am in the Formentera Council's Sala d'Actes, an information session was offered on the island's segments estratègics turístics, or “strategic tourism sectors” (SET). Tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer explained the idea of the session as harnessing public-private collaboration to power diversification and create products to make Formentera-based businesses more competitive. Forty some representatives of private sector firms attended the event.

Chairpersons from the eight regional SETs—gastronomy, culture, active tourism, ecotourism, fitness tourism, health and fitness, luxury and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions)—gave presentations tracing their own experiences and encouraged local entrepreneurs to join the initiative.

Jaume Alzamora, managing director of the Balearic Agència Estratègia Turística, said that in 2019 the agency would contribute nearly three million across projects in management, supply support, destination improvement, taking product to market, innovation and competitivity.

Another €1.2 million from the Sustainable Tourism Levy has been earmarked for a project (the terms will be hammered out between the islands) to encompass promotional initiatives aimed at fuelling demand.

Participating local firms will have say in how the money is used and can make proposals on competitivity hacks, plus will have a hand in crafting the tourism activities and events programme.

29 April 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

At London Marathon expo, Formentera touts credentials as sports destination

for-esport premsa1From today, Wednesday April 24, to Saturday, representatives of the Formentera Council's office of tourism will be at the Excel centre (already familiar to attendees of November's World Travel Market) to promote the island at the London Marathon expo. The expo will wind down just in time for the London Marathon to play out on the streets of the UK capital.

Head of local tourism Carlos Bernús described it as “a red-letter event in fitness circles” and said “Formentera at the London Marathon expo just made sense: more and more, Formentera is positioning as a one of a kind backdrop for sporting fixtures”.

Formentera will share a space at the expo with the other Balearic Islands at the region's “Strategic Agency for Tourism”, or AETIB. Bernús indicated that reps would be pushing a freshly printed catalogue detailing the major sporting events which are scheduled on the island at the beginning and end of the summer season.

Also translated into English, the catalogue gives an overview of the 14 premier sports- and fitness-related events (the total number is approximately thirty) geared towards “drawing a brand of tourism that respects our natural surroundings and environment and turning Formentera to a place for fitness—for visitors and islanders alike”.

The promotional initiative was requested by the sports wing of the “Strategic Sectors in Tourism” (SET).

April 24, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Partnership with small and medium-sized business group of Eivissa-Formentera

foto-signatura-conveni-pimef1CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Pep Mayans, chairman of Eivissa and Formentera's association for small and medium-sized businesses (PIMEF), signed a deal to create training opportunities for business owners, coordinate with the Council's commerce department and support the sector through consulting, market research and marketing for trade and industry.

The Formentera Council will give PIMEF €22,000 and, in turn, PIMEF pledges to oversee concept and marketing strategy upgrades in 2019, as well as offer tools for local businesses to kick-start their activity and grow in an increasingly competitive market. The group will additionally host courses in professional development and give advice to islanders and PIMEF's director will conduct support initiatives at the CiF commerce department.

April 4, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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