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San Sebastian Film Festival


San Sebastián Film Festival The San Sebastián Festival, also known as the San Sebastián International Film Festival or Donostiako Nazioarteko Zinemaldia, is a film festival that has been held annually in the city of San Sebastián, the Basque Country in Spain, since 1953. It is the only one Category (A) Festival in Spain, as well as one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe.

 

The film festival takes place at the end of September of each year and has allowed the discovery and promotion of directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Roman Polanski and Francis Ford Coppola.

 

Important and renowned world cinema figures such as Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, have participated in the Festival. Robert Downey Jr, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts and Brad Pitt, among others.

 

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Complete list of editions of the San Sebastián Film Festival (1953 to 2023)

 

 

History


The first edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival was held on September 21, 1953, previously called International Film Week, as an initiative of local commerce. Then in 1954, in its second edition, it acquired the name of the International Film Festival, sponsored by the National Show Union and the Ministry of Information and Tourism.

 

In 1957, the International Federation of Cinematographic Producers Associations (FIAPF) awarded him the highest category (Category A), establishing the Golden Shell as the main award.

 

In 1986, the Donostia Prize was created, an honorary award given each year to various actors and film directors at the Festival. The first winner of the award was American actor Gregory Peck.

 

Venues


The Festival takes place in various places in the city of San Sebastián: Victoria Eugenia Theater, Kursaal Conference Center and Auditorium, Principal Theater, María Cristina Hotel, Príncipe Cinemas and the Tabakalera Cultural Center.

 

Statistics from the San Sebastián Film Festival


Below we present updated reports and statistics from the San Sebastián Film Festival, taking into account the editions made from the year 1953 to 2023.

 

Which countries have won the most Concha de Oro awards for Best Film at the San Sebastian Festival?

 

Country Awards  
Spain 14
United States 10
Italy 6
United Kingdom 5
France 4
Soviet Union (USSR) 3
China 2
Iran 2
Mexico 2
Argentina 2

 

Which director has won the most Awards at the San Sebastian Festival?


The directors who have won the most times at the San Sebastian Festival between 1953 and 2023 are: Mario Monicelli (2 awards), Isabel Lamberti (2 awards) and Francisco J. Lombardi (2 awards).

 

Director Awards  
Mario Monicelli Mario Monicelli 2
Isabel Lamberti Isabel Lamberti 2
Francisco J. Lombardi Francisco J. Lombardi 2
Paddy Breathnach Paddy Breathnach 2
Mauro Bolognini Mauro Bolognini 2
Danny Boyle Danny Boyle 1
Joel Coen Joel Coen 1
Mike Figgis Mike Figgis 1
Dominique Deruddere Dominique Deruddere 1
Rafael Gil Rafael Gil 1

 

Which actor has won the most Awards at the San Sebastian Festival?


The actors who have won the most times at the San Sebastian Festival between 1953 and 2023 are: Fernando Rey (2 awards), José Sacristán (2 awards) and Mads Mikkelsen (1 awards).

 

Actor Awards  
Fernando Rey Fernando Rey 2
José Sacristán José Sacristán 2
Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen 1
Jessica Chastain Jessica Chastain 1
Eduard Fernández Eduard Fernández 1
Jim Broadbent Jim Broadbent 1
Al Pacino Al Pacino 1
Javier Bardem Javier Bardem 1
Michael Caine Michael Caine 1
Frank Finlay Frank Finlay 1

 

Which actress has won the most Awards at the San Sebastian Festival?


The actresses who have won the most times at the San Sebastian Festival between 1953 and 2023 are: Victoria Abril (2 awards), Mercedes Sampietro (2 awards) and Connie Nielsen (1 awards).

 

Actress Awards  
Victoria Abril Victoria Abril 2
Mercedes Sampietro Mercedes Sampietro 2
Connie Nielsen Connie Nielsen 1
Jessica Chastain Jessica Chastain 1
Melissa Leo Melissa Leo 1
Sophia Loren Sophia Loren 1
Julie Christie Julie Christie 1
Gena Rowlands Gena Rowlands 1
Carmen Maura Carmen Maura 1
Lola Dueñas Lola Dueñas 1

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