This second year is decisive in consolidating the festival as a point of reference in Scotland for Spanish culture and language. The organisers would like to see the festival become a platform for exchanging ideas in the film industry. This year it is screening eleven feature-length films, five documentaries and five shorts: films dealing with social issues such as the economic crisis that has affected Spain since 2008, and historical themes such as the documentary 25 Años después de la muerte de Gil de Biedma (25 Years Later…), a tribute to the life of the Catalan post-war poet Gil de Bidma. One of the days is dedicated to Basque cinema, and includes the screening of the films Loreak, shortlisted for the Oscar nominations, and 80 Egunean by director José Mari Goenaga.
Edinburgh University is hosting three special side events. On food night on Thursday the 8th, visitors can enjoy wine and tapas following the screening of Snacks, bocados de una revolución, a film by Cristina Jolonch and Verónica Escuer which takes a look at the history of Spanish cuisine.
AC/E is supporting the presence at the festival of four Spanish directors, who will present their latest work.