Spain’s leading celebration of all things film is the San Sebastian International Film Festival. It is held in Northern Spain between September 17th and 25th. The highest honor the festival bestows each year is the Donostia Award. The prestigious prize is to honor lifetime achievement in film.

This year Johnny Depp is the recipient and he is expected to attend in-person to accept the award. This would be his third attendance at the festival. However, a group of women filmmakers has condemned the decision to award Depp its highest honor.

Last year a British judge ruled that allegations of domestic violence against Johnny Depp were:

“…substantially correct…”

Cristina Andreu, the President of Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, said she was very surprised by the decision to award Depp, and spoke to the Associated Press about it.

“This speaks very badly of the festival and its leadership, and transmits a terrible message to the public: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are an abuser as long as you are a good actor'”

The association apparently has close links to the San Sebastian festival and may take further action, such as a boycott.

Depp lost his libel case against a British newspaper that accused him of domestic violence. In March a British court refused Depp permission to appeal the ruling that he assaulted his former wife, Amber Heard, as his appeal had:

“…no real prospect of success.”

Johnny Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed essay that she wrote about domestic violence. The trial, in that case, was recently delayed until April 2022.

Since its creation in 1953, the San Sebastian International Film Festival has established itself as one of the 14 “A” category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF.

It has hosted several important events in the history of cinema, such as the international premiere of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock and the European premiere of Star Wars. It was the first festival attended by Roman Polanski and has helped advance the professional careers of filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Bong Joon-ho, and Pedro Almodóvar.

To Like us on Facebook Click Here
To Follow us on Twitter Click Here