Emilio G. Caba and Peter Sisseck of Pingus Wineries, Spike of Honour awardees on the Castilla Leon Day at the 66th Seminci

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Zorrilla Theatre hosted today Monday, October 25, 2021, the Castilla Leon Film and Television Gala as part of the 66th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival. Seminci today awarded two of Spikes of Honour that it gives for the recognition of the professional career this year to actor Emilio Gutiérrez Caba and to businessman Peter Sisseck, head of Pingus Wineries.

Roberto Lozano acted as master of ceremonies of an event that was opened by Conrado Íscar, and gave way to the awards ceremony of the IV edition of Seminci Factory, accompanied by the screening of the three main short films of the list of winners of this short film competition: Delibes, Una Vida Llena de Historias [Delibes, a Life Full of Stories], by Luis Miguel Guerra (who later earned an extensive commentary by Elisa Delibes, praising the work of the screenwriter); Frugal, by Juan Vicente Chulia (accompanied by producers María Gómez, Jesús Gómez and Gábor Ladiszlai), and La Controversia de Valladolid [The Valladolid Controversy], by Juan Rodríguez-Briso.

City Culture Councillor Ana Redondo announced the winners of the new edition of Seminci Factory: Dosier Juan Carlos [The Juan Carlos Dossier] by Víctor Vázquez Tauler, El Novio de la Muerte [Death’s Groom] by Juan Domingo Rodríguez and Frágil [Fragile].

Then, the president of the Valladolid Provincial Authority, Conrado Íscar, presented the Spike of Honour to Peter Sisseck of Bodegas Pingus: “To be at a Film Festival today only shows how wonderful it is to have made Valladolid my own,” thanked the winemaker and businessman. Another outstanding institutional presence was that of the vice-president of the Castilla Leon Regional Government, Francisco Igea, who recalled that audiovisual production in the region will have “a budget of over €500,000” next year and highlighted the recent creation of the ‘Roberto Fraile and David Beriain Award for current audiovisual production.’

Following on from that, several stars of the seventh art accompanied veteran Gutiérrez Caba. Roberto Enríquez, Ana Fernández, Ana Gracia and Enrique Gabriel accompanied Mercedes Sampietro and highlighted different virtues of the renowned artist from Castilla Leon: “He gave me his friendship, his help and his confidence when I was starting,” recalled Sampietro. “He is a person who fills every workplace with calmness, he is a very committed colleague,” pointed out Enríquez.

Gutiérrez Caba, on the other hand, wanted to dedicate the award to his mother in particular, Julia Caba Alba; and “to all the actresses who have borne the weight of films and plays, and have never received an award.”

The gala concluded with the screening of the feature film Vidas Pequeñas [Small Lives], directed by Enrique Gabriel.

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