[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]T[/eltdf_dropcaps]his morning the projects of the Identity and Belonging University Documentary Competition will be screened at 11:00 hrs at the Auditorium of the University of Guanajuato. The competition’s main objective is to promote a sense of identity with and connection to Guanajuato—a region filled with tradition—among the younger generation. The contestants are asked to produce a documentary that illustrates their interests, concerns and expectations with respect to their surroundings, their family life and their day-to-day lives, which are ultimately stories of their own.
A call for entries was launched on September 30, 2015. Each project was evaluated and six finalists were selected and embarked on a series of workshops over the course of six months. The teams compiting in this edition are: Blood of my Land by UTSOE Valle de Santiago; Konnichiwa by Ibero León; In your shoes by La Salle Bajío; Among Giants by the Instituto Sanmiguelense; Interweaved Destinies by UDL Moroleón; and Hand Truck by Universidad de Celaya.
Each team received $20,000 pesos to finance their projects. The special workshops were imparted by industry experts and cover different aspects of filmmaking including: theme, story, narrative structure, crowdfunding, production, cinematography, sound production, editing and post-production. By virtue of this program, the Guanajuato International Film Festival offers university students the opportunity to present—through the medium of film—the local context within the State of Guanajuato, including its people and its traditions, contributing to the promotion of the region’s history and identity.