Thinking Football Programme 2018


The programme for the Thinking Football Film Festival 2018 has been revealed. The festival will open on March 5 at 7:00 pm, with the presentation of the 2017 Audience Award to “The Pass” and the premiere of the English film “Kenny”, about the life and career of Scottish and Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish. Directed by Stewart Sugg, the feature-length documentary emphasises the role played by Dalglish in the fight for justice for victims of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

The film that will close the festival, on March 20, will be “Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story”, a documentary by Adam Darke and Jon Carey about the life and tragic death of the first player to come out of the closet, English striker Justin Fashanu. On the day of the closing ceremony, “Iragartze”, a short film by Irene Herrero will be premièred, the winner of the Thinking Football-Euskaltel competition for video creation in Basque, a contest that will be held again in 2018.

The period in between will see an edition of Thinking Football Film Festival with a clear British feel (with no less than six films from the home of football), which will include stories of teams managed by the people (El Equipo de Mi Barrio - My Neighbourhood Team), how football can help people with problems (Crazy For Football), social denouncement (The Workers Cup), the magic of stadiums (The Lane), the harsh reality of players without a club (Zweikämpfer), racism and violence in the stands (Forever Pure) and how sporting dreams sometimes come true (Don’t Take Me Home and 89).

The Thinking Football Film Festival is organised by the Athletic Club Foundation with the collaboration of Sala BBK and sponsorship of Euskaltel. It is also sponsored by the Hotel Meliá Bilbao and BCD Travel and has the collaboration of Metro Bilbao, Comunitac, the Italian Institute of Culture in Madrid and the magazines Cinemanía, Panenka and Líbero. The 11 mm Film Festival (Berlin), Cinefoot (Brazil) and Offside Fest (Barcelona) festivals are our friends. The Athletic Club Foundation would like to thank everyone for their invaluable help.

As in previous years, all sessions will take place at Sala BBK, with free entrance until seats are full. Let’s think football!

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  • Sala BBK
  • Euskaltel
  • BCD Travel
  • Melia Bilbao
  • Comunitac
  • 11mm
  • Cinemania
  • Loraldia
  • Metro Bilbao
  • Panenka
  • Cinefoot
  • Libero
  • Off Side
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura