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Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is an international centre for thinking, research, experimental practice and pedagogical innovation based around the past, present and future of cinema. Created and financed by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, its ultimate purpose is not to train technical staff but to encourage the emergence of filmmakers with a comprehensive vision of cinema who are able to produce new (working, conceptual, creative, professional) realities on film.

EQZE is taking shape based on the fields of knowledge of the three agents that are taking part in its conceptualisation: the Basque Film Archive, San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Tabakalera cultural project. These institutions are not teaching but film institutions and this is why the school that they are promoting is also basically a film project: an idea of cinema that is taking shape as an educational project. This is the reason why the EQZE does not have a range of training programmes, but a single educational project made up of three postgraduate programmes: Film Preservation Studies, Film Curating Studies and Filmmaking Studies. The unique nature of its origins and location, its idea of cinema and its teaching project make this centre an exceptional case internationally.

Above: Presentation of the 2019-2020 Course at Tabakalera. Photo: Iñigo Royo.