One of the main goals at the Guanajuato International Film Festival is to encourage young filmmakers and that is why one of our favorite annual activities is the 48-Hour Collegiate Rally. Every year, six teams from all over the country are chosen to take workshops and consultations with industry experts in order to prepare to make a short film in a 48-hour window that the Festival gives them.
That window opened yesterday at 14:00 hrs with the Rally Kick-Off, which is why throughout the day the teams will be working all over the city so their short films are ready for a screening tomorrow night at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas.
The teams were riding on vans that took them under the inflated arch outside the Juárez Theater (just a few feet away from the Red Carpet) that would kick off these 48 hours. Sarah Hoch, executive director of GIFF was standing in front of the arch with the flag next to her to say some brief “thank you” to all the sponsors and to cheer on these six teams (all of whom were already doing plenty of cheering) that in 48 hours will have a short film ready to screen The teams and the shorts they’re going to shoot in these 48 hours are: Mexico City (Otro Muerto), Guadalajara (Vanessa), Coahuila (Lucas el Grande), Tepic (Los Retratos de Simone), Puerto Vallarta (Las Candelarias) and Querétaro (Guía Básica pára la Muerte Perfecta).
Don’t miss the screening of these short films tomorrow at 20:30 hrs at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas! Here at the Guanajuato International Film Festival we not only ask for, we make, More Cinema Please!