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Selected – III Edition

20,000 species of bees

  • Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
  • Executive producer: Lara Izagirre
  • Screenwriter: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
  • Genre: Drama
  • Produced by: Gariza Films & Sirimiri Films
  • Country: Spain

Project selected at NOKA, boosted by ZINEUSKADI – Basque Government.


What would you do if your 6-year-old son told you he’s a girl?

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

With a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the UPV, she studied Editing and Editing Theory at EICTV Cuba and the Master’s Degree in Film Direction thanks to which she made the short film Adri, which would be selected by the examining board and produced by ESCAC FILMS (2013).

She directed Voces de papel, a documentary premiering at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and winner of the Golden Txapela for the best documentary at the Festival.

Lara Izagirre

She studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy and the EICTV in Cuba. In Barcelona, she pursued the ESCAC’s Master’s Degree in Screenwriting. In 2010 she founded the Gariza Films production company, from where she directed the documentary Sormenaren Bide Ezkutuak (2013). In 2015, she directed and produced her debut feature, An Autumn without Berlin, winner of the Goya Award for best new actress.

To date, she has co-produced five feature films: Errementari (2017) A March to Remember (2018) Muga deitzen da pausoa (2018) and Window to the Sea (2019). In 2019, the shooting of Nora took place, the second feature film directed by Izagirre that will be released in 2020.


Lucia is 6 years old and is a girl with a penis that everyone calls Markel and who is looking forward to summer to be able to leave behind all the bullying she’s undergoing. Vacation time in her town seems like the perfect opportunity to display herself to everyone as the girl she really is. But things won’t be that easy.

Director’s note

20,000 Species of Bees is not only a film about childhood transsexuality. It is a story about how we conceive and experience inner life and how we reconcile it with the outside world; about the boundaries that separate these two worlds; about the violence that is exerted within the family, even in the name of love.

Producer’s note

The 20,000 Species of Bees project has presently obtained two important institutional subsidies which are the Grant for screenplay writing from the Basque Government in 2018 and the Project Development Grant from the Provincial Council of Alava. A large percentage of this aid will be allocated to working on the script that is currently in its third draft. To this end, two courses of action will be activated: recruiting a Script Doctor’s services and entering the screenplay in Mentoring workshops such as: Berlinale Talent Campus, Sources Script Development, Ekran + Film Development, The Screen or Torino Film Lab.

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