Over the past 20 years GIFF has created solid working relationships with the world’s most prestigious and influential film festivals and film schools, hoping to support young filmmakers in pursuing their professional growth and helping them navigate the search for financing.
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The Guanajuato International Film Festival, together with the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and the Goethe-Institut Mexico, are proud to host this bilateral initiative that since 2014 has allowed German and Mexican filmmakers to work for two months in each other’s countries in order to push the development of their film projects and find funds to complete their productions.
In 2017 it was Mexican director Joaquín del Paso’s turn to be selected to travel to Germany in order to finish the script for his upcoming feature. Notably, the Mexican creator’s latest film, “Maquinaria Panamericana”, premiered at the Berlinale Forum last year, as well as earning the prize for Best Feature Length Fiction at last year’s GIFF.
On the German side, filmmaker Jan Zabell came to San Miguel de Allende with his project “Zurúck in Den Westen” (Back to the West), searching for new perspectives and hoping to immerse himself in what he has called “one of the most creative places for filmmaking.”
The first films to have been developed by this joint residency will soon be released worldwide: “Brimstone & Glory” by Viktor Jakovláski, our first German ‘resident’ who, over his stay in Mexico, shot a documentary in the city of Tultepec. The film will be premiered at the renowned True/False festival in Columbia, Missouri. Likewise, “Bruma” by Mexican director Max Zunino and filmed during his stay in Berlin, will be released commercially in Mexico in early March 2018.
The Guanajuato International Film Festival, together with the Rotterdam International Film Festival, each year select a number of Mexican filmmakers who took part in GIFF’s International Pitching Market to join the prestigious Rotterdam Lab Workshop. Here, filmmakers receive guidance on international coproduction, festivals and industry markets, proffessional networking development and more to help their projects reach their full potential success.
This year’s picks included producers Indira Cato (Llévate mis amores) and Juan Sarquis (Truenos de San Juan.) Juan is currently producing three feature-length films, including two Works of fiction: “El matrimonio de Pepe Sánchez Campo” and “Julia Privada”, and the non-fiction “Sísifos”. Indira herself is currently in production for “#Mickey”, a non-fiction feature film by director Betzabé García. Both producers will try to push their projects’ development during their stay at Rotterdam Lab.