In the current competitive field of international film festivals, San Sebastian holds its own with aplomb, despite its comparatively modest budget. Over the years it has established itself as one of the world’s most influential festivals, having hosted premiers of Vertigo and Star Wars, among others. This year it is embarking on a collaboration with Zurich Film Festival.

Also this year, the festival launches Savage Cinema, a new section that will bring films based around action, sports, adventure and the great outdoors – a rapidly growing field. From rock-climbing and mountain sports to surf-and-skateboard-themed films, there will be much for adrenalin fans to enjoy.