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  • The Guanajuato International Film Festival is present at the 67th edition of the Berlinale.
  • GIFF announces the scholars for the Guanajuato/Berlin Artistic Residence , in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and the Goethe-Institut México.
  • Nina Rodríguez, Program Director at GIFF, will participate at Berlinale Talents.

Berlin, Germany, February 13 2017. The Guanajuato International Film Festival is present at the 67th edition of the Berlinale in a year in which our national participation will be transcendant, seeing the Mexico will be the “Country of Focus” at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market as part of the year’s dual Mexico-Germany celebration, which allows great exposure for Mexican cinema and contacts for international collaborations.


The Guanajuato International Film Festival, in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and Goethe-Institut México, presents filmmakers Joaquín del Paso and Jan Zabeil as the scholars selected for the Guanajuato-Berlín 24/7 Artistic Residence.

Starting in 2014, this bilaterall initiative allows German and Mexican filmmakers and producers the chance to work for two months in Mexico and Germany respectively to develop their film projects and find funding to develop their productions.

Mexican director Joaquín del Paso was selected to visit Germany to finish writing his next feature. The director’s last film, “Maquinaria panamericana (Panamerican Machinery)” had its premiere at last year’s Berlinale Forum, and was also the winner for Best Mexican Fiction Feature at last year’s edition of GIFF.

For Germany’s part, filmmaker Jan Zabeil will travel to San Miguel Allende with his project “Zurück In Den Westen” (Back to the West) in search of new points of view and to get soaked in what he calls “one of the most creative places to film”.

It’s worth pointing out that the first film projects that have been developed in this residency are about to have their world premieres: “Brimstone & Glory” by Viktor Jakovleski, the first German resident who filmed a documentary in Tultepec (in the State of Mexico) during his stay, will have its premiere at the True/False Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Meanwhile “Bruma” by Max Zunino, filmed during his residency in Berlin, will have its premiere in Mexico in early March.


GIFF Program Director Nina Rodriguez participates at Berlinale Talents, the Berlin International Film Festival’s annual networking platform where the top filmmakers from all over the world meet.

Nina Rodríguez is one of six guests at Meet the Festival, a pannel where the audience will have direct access to programmers from the most important festivals with the goal of establishing one-on-one meetings to discuss projects.