YouTube launches Shorts, TikTok’s new competitor

TikTok gets a new competitor. YouTube has developed Shorts, a new platform where users can share short videos. The feature will launch in beta this week, the company confirmed.

“We are pleased to announce that we are building YouTube Shorts, a new short video experience on YouTube for creators and artists who want to create short, compelling movies using just their mobile phones,” YouTube said in a blog post.

Users with access to Shorts will see the feature appear as a new tab in YouTube’s existing mobile app in the coming days. Like TikTok, the platform offers a range of recording and editing tools. Think of pasting different clips together, the ability to add music and speed up footage. You can also upload pre-recorded videos. New movies can last fifteen seconds, pre-recorded movies maximum sixty seconds.

The beta version is only available to users in India for now. Shorts will be rolled out in several countries in the coming months. Whether Belgium is also part of this is not yet known.


Sade organizes a short workshop workshop for the days of confinement

The San Sebastian Festival, Kutxa Kultur Eureka! Zientzia Museoa and the Aquarium of San Sebastián have joined the Etxebegiak initiative, the contest workshop created by the San Sebastian company SADE in collaboration with the Ikertze cultural association to carry out short films as a family or individually during confinement. The objective is boost the love for cinema and cultural creation and provide an alternative that “combines fun and learning” for the days of confinement decreed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sade said in a statement.

The finalist shorts will be screened at a colloquium gala professionals from the film industry will moderate during the Begiradak International Amateur Film Festival to be held in November. The Zinemaldía award for best director will receive a bonus to watch movies during the next San Sebastián Film Festival; the Kutxa kultur Eureka award! For the best special effects, it will consist of a subscription to visit the Donostia science museum throughout the year valid for four people and the one awarded by the Aquarium will be a guided tour of this facility for 15 people.

These distinctions are added to the Sade Cines vouchers worth 300 euros for the best short film and 150 euros for the Audience Award.

For the elaboration of the pieces the IKERTZE Association puts materials available to participants to learn how to make a short film from the start as well as guidelines to prepare the technical material and the set and guidelines to approach the tests.

The contest also has the collaboration of Zineuskadi, Kimuak, the Professional Association of Writers of Euskal Herria, Zinea and San Sebastian Gipuzkoa Film Commission.


Thirty years of “April 20”, the mythical song of Celtas Cortos that saved by a miracle




«April 20, 90. Hello flat, how are you?»Sings Cifu kicking off one of the most danced songs in the history of Spanish pop. A “must” of the festivals, now suspended, thus cooked a double portion of nostalgia since longing is its core ingredient. 30 years have passed since that letter Composed by Celtas Cortos to that mysterious woman of her sleeplessness. And today there are no festivals. But the song is still alive with a collaborative version that succeeds on social networks.

How many love stories will have arisen in the heat of this song in a bar? “April 20”, the letter that it was written in the form of poetry and it was read with guitars and flutes, it activates the spring of melancholy and regret for a relationship that did not go further. «The lyrics were made by Jesus (based on the pianist’s chords), who was retired in a town, in I tremble (Ávila), where he worked a year as a social worker. With that feeling of being in a place where you have neither family nor friends and you feel a little removed from your environment, “he explains to ABC Goyo yeves, flutist and founding member of the Valladolid band.

«Do you remember that night at the Turmo cabin?»Said this song-missive that is inspired by the many excursions that Cifuentes made in adolescence with his friends to Cabaña de Tormo, a shepherd’s refuge almost 2,000 meters high in the Huesca Pyrenees. Although there is also a fictional seasoning, to search for poetics. Why did you connect so much with people? «I think he manages to express emotions, with an everyday language that permeates and a round musical structure. It is a very simple song, it does not have any complexity, perhaps that is one of the keys to its success “, explains the flutist of the folk-rock band, who highlights the paradox:” It is based on an obsolete format, but now it could be an email or a whatsapp ».

The song, curiously, was not a ball. And although the group has had more than ten «Numbers 1» in Los 40, this was his Everest. And it was erected «little by little. It was not overnight, he did not even have an official video, “says Yeves, who states that” it was not a clear single. ” «There is a very good anecdote. This song was written in the year 90, as the text relates, and it appeared on our album “Tell me a story from the year 91”. And you know that when you make a record there are songs that come in and there are also candidates who stay back. “April 20 was on the verge of staying out of the albumSince someone from the record company did not see it very clearly for the album, they thought that there were other better ones. And it didn’t matter to us. He was the producer and maybe we were a bit also that we did not understand well why he had to be left out. Imagine that it never got into that record, that it would never have existed ».


Celtas Cortos celebrates its ‘April 20’ by fighting the coronavirus

April 20, 90. Hello, flat, how are you? Are you surprised that I write to you? So long is normal. If thirty years ago, the Celts Cortos remembered the magnificent night in the Turmo cabin, this April 20 they yearn for even more laughter with friends from confinement in their homes. On the anniversary of the greatest of their successes, the song ‘April 20, 90’, and with the most latent melancholy than ever, the group born in Valladolid has done everything possible to avoid feeling alone this time.

Music did not tire them then and neither does it now. “It’s the fuel,” explains the guitar and voice of the group, Jesús Cifuentes, who looks back two months ago and longs for road trips and getting on stage. “Those of us who are intoxicated by music and dedicate ourselves to this without it cannot continue”. With a bit of reality and another of fiction, the memories of a young man who had emigrated to work fell on what is now a success in Spanish music. “I found good friends, but I was still somehow offshored from all my usual crew.” The night came to mind in the cabin with his friends, in the Huesca Pyrenees, and the rest is history.

From the most intimate creativity as a product of the artist’s feeling of longing, the song “flew by itself, free” and its owners became all those who listened to it. Even more in this April 20 framed in the Covid-19 crisis, when Celtas Cortos is going to relaunch the theme with the collaboration of a wide group of artists and of essential workers who these days face the pandemic. The proceeds will go to the organization Médicos Sin Fronteras.

From the private studios of their houses, the members of the group have re-recorded their greatest hit along with artists of the stature of Mikel Izal, Rozalén, Amaral, Carlos Tarque, Ska-P, Sidonie, La Pegatina, Repeat Offenders or Misleading, among others. In addition to these familiar faces, others will appear: those of hospital workers, the Red Cross, police officers, farmers and ranchers, supermarket and tobacconist employees, in short, to “give visibility to those on the front line”.

Planet brotherhood

“What we have considered doing is rowing all in the same direction to help each other and make the brotherhood of the planet bigger,” confesses Cifuentes, who defends culture as “an open window to confinement.” «Even if it’s from the confinement, a book or a song opens your mind and transports you, makes you travel and lets you breathe. Without culture we do not work, culture is the breath of humanity ».

More necessary than ever, the cultural sector is experiencing a deep crisis with an uncertain future that affects the first to the last of its links. “We were left lying in a gutter,” regrets Cifuentes, explaining that much of the union is left without its main source of income due to confinement. “Also, we will be the last in line to return to the beach bar, if we are able to open it.”