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The 39th 9.5mm International Festival 2014



The participants at the Calella 9.5 Festival
(from the centre pages of the French 9.5 club magazine No.319 Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec 2014)

The 39th 9.5 International Festival was held in 2014 from Friday 25th April to Sunday 27th April at Calella, reached after a picturesque train ride along the Spanish popular Costa Brava, with warm and sunny weather.

The hotel chosen as the Festival base was the excellent four star Bernat 11, fully deserving its four star rating.

(Much of this report is by Graham Sinden, a member of the UK Group 9.5 committee, who also took a number of photos)


The Events


The Saturday film market held at the hotel - a French GIC and Cine Nizo model H 9.5mm projectors
(from the back page of the UK Group 9.5 magazine No.158 Summer 2014)

During the Festival, a number of visits were arranged including n excursion to the Castle of Pubol, a private residence of Salvador Dali. In 1969 Dali promised his beloved Gala a castle and eventually acquired Pubol Castle that he restored and filled with works of art that he gave to Gala to exhibit in the castle. Dali was buried there in 1982. Next was a visit to to the very picturesque medieval village of Pais. The first documents relating to Pais are dated from the ninth century. Walking around the village in the sunshine was a photographers dream. At Pais the group enjoyed a three course dinner in a local restaurant Chez Pedro.


Paintings in the Salvadore Dali castle
(from the centre pages of the French 9.5 club magazine No.319 Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec 2014)

Later back on the coach, there was a visit to the fish market at Palamos and the museum of fishing to see what fishing was like years ago, including a short video shown in their small cinema next to the gift shop. An enjoyable Friday evening was spent at the night club La Quadra in Calella.

On the Saturday morning a film market was held in the hotel with the 9.5mm film competition taking place later at the Teatre Orpheo, reached on a little tourist train.


The Films

The 9.5mm film competition was held at the Teatre Orpheo in Calella. The projector used was an Elmo XP350 Zenon, converted by Ligonie in France some years ago. There were some early problems with projection as many films physically came out of the gate, with the projector having to be stopped on many occasions to fix the problems. Even one film broke causing the remainder not to be shown. There were also sound problems with magnetic stripe sound.

There were twelve entries for the competition, shown in the order listed below:


(from the UK Group 9.5 magazine No.158 Summer 2014)

The winners were announced at the closing ceremony on the Sunday at the Sala Mozart cinema where speechs and awards were given. A special plaque was given to Lluis Argelich in recognition of his late father's work that helped run the Calella festival each year. First prize in the film competition went to "Festival 9.5mm A Saint-Felix Du Lauragais 1984" by Jean Penavayre, an excellent film shot around the 1984 International. The audience award went to "1,2,3 ....... 10" by Ferran Valles, a well made animation film.

Much praise must be given to Santiago Marre, his wife and son, for organising an excellent International Festival, and to his dedication to 9.5mm and other film gauges in Spain.

We can now look forward to next year's International in Holland, which will be hosted by the Dutch team.

(Much of this report is by Graham Sinden, a member of the UK Group 9.5 committee, who also took a number of photos - it was originally published in the UK Group 9.5 magazine number 158, dated Summer 2014.)


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