Strategies for organizing cultural events during COVID-19
In this sectorial roundtable organized in collaboration with Proxecta – Galician Coordinator of Film Festivals, the three participants Lur Olaizola (programmer at Tabakalera), Majid Seddati (director of the Festival d’Art Vidéo de Casablanca) and Aida Vallejo (researcher at the UPV) will talk about strategies for the organization of cultural events during COVID-19.
Lur Olaizola Lizarralde, is a film programmer and filmmaker. Since 2015, she is the coordinator of the audiovisual program of Tabakalera, the International Center for Contemporary Culture of San Sebastián, where she has curated, among others, the Focus Desde el principio. Historias del cine feminista // From the Beginning. Stories of feminist cinema, with programs in Tabakalera and Artium. In 2017 she curated the first José Val del Omar retrospective in New York (Distant Touch: José Val del Omar, Anthology Film Archives) and, together with Ruth Somalo, the seminar The Limit of Our Gaze: Women Filmmakers and Contemporary Documentary (New York University, 2015). She was also the programmer for the 5th Screen Loud Film Festival (Anthology Film Archives, 2015).
Before joining the Tabakalera team, she worked as a cultural manager in New York. In 2013 and 2014 she coordinated the Architecture & Design Film Festival (New York, Los Angeles).
As a filmmaker she has directed two short films, Xulia (2019) and Zerua blu (2020, Grand Prize Best Spanish Short Film Zinebi 2020). She is currently developing her third film project: Hirugarren koadernoa.
Since 2020 she has been a teacher at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola.
Majid Seddati is the Director of the International Festival of Visual Arts and New Media of Casablanca – FIAV (Morocco).
He is also the director of the Festival International des Arts Numériques (Casablanca), founder of Irisson (Center des Arts Visuels et nouveaux Médias de Casablanca) and the Festival International du Film de l’Etudiant (FIFE). He is also the artistic advisor of the “Interactions” training and production cycle initiated by the Attijariwafa bank.
The FIAV hosts works from various disciplines: video, performing arts, electronic music, dance, sound creation and new media. Organized by Irisson (Center for visual, electronic and multimedia art), the festival aspires to consolidate itself as a space for the production, promotion and dissemination of contemporary creation, creating synergies between Moroccan artists and their international counterparts.
Aida Vallejo is a professor of documentary film theory and practice at the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU). She is a specialist in creative documentary films and film festivals, areas in which she has worked as a critic, screenwriter, consultant, researcher and teacher.
She is a member of documentary selection commissions (for the Lau Haizetara forum of the Zinemaldia and the Invisible Film Festival of Bilbao, or the Biscay council) and jury of several international festivals.
She is co-editor of the books Documentary Film Festivals Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and Film Festivals and Anthropology and of numerous scientific articles on documentary cinema, film festivals, media ethnography / anthropology and narratology). She writes film reviews and documentary here.
She is the main researcher of the ikerFESTS project (about festivals in Euskal Herria) and founder and coordinator of the Documentary Work-group of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS).
She is also a visiting professor and researcher at European universities such as St Andrews University and University of Glasgow (Scotland), FAMU (Prague) and Masaryk University (Czech Republic), CEU (Budapest) or Aristotle University (Thessaloniki, Greece).
Finally, she is the coordinator of the university awards of the European Film Academy in Spain, European University Film Award.