Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE)
Presentation & Philosophy:
Created and financed by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is opening in 2017 with a passionately regenerative spirit: its ultimate purpose is not to train technical staff by following traditional standardised training models, 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 . It is based in Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture where these institutions are also located.
The institutions involved in the development of the School are not teaching institutions but film institutions. 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, which doesn’t prevent it, for the same reasons, from aspiring to become an aesthetic and professional laboratory for Basque cinema.
From 2019 the UPV/EHU recognises the postgraduate degrees as University accredited Master degrees. The courses run by the school will have the same academic value and (where appropriate) the same professional value as those run by internal UPV/EHU faculties and colleges.
Number of students/ full-time/ part-time workshops:
45 students each promotion (15 per itinerary).
Number of international students:
The students accepted onto the course for the 2020-2021 academic year were selected by the Academic Management Team (made up of representatives from the Basque Film Library, Tabakalera, the San Sebastián Film Festival and the EQZE) from among the 183 applications received during the admissions period. Successful candidates include 27 women and 17 men, 5 from the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (2 from Bizkaia and 3 from Gipuzkoa), 15 from the rest of Spain and 24 from abroad. This year, the EZQE will have students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, the USA, Holland, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, the UK, Switzerland and Uruguay. The mean age of all students in the year group is approximately 30.
Number of teachers:
Around 60 active profesionals
Length of studies:
Programme objective and structure:
The purpose of the EQZE is to train filmmakers in the broad, cross-cutting sense of the term; filmmakers that can actively confront and interact with the cinema of the past (through research and preservation), with the cinema of the present (through curating and programming) and with the cinema of the future (through creation) developping a comprehensive unitary vision.
We like to refer to the EQZE as precisely the school of the three ages of cinema, because the three institutions that worked together to set it up aim to study and work, precisely, on the past (Film Library), the present (the Festival) and future of creative cinema (Tabakalera). EQZE pictures this educational project through three postgraduate programs: Film Conservation Studies, Film Curating Studies and Filmmaking Studies. As a whole, these three postgraduate courses identify and define our idea of cinema.