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San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, iconic and heritage cities of Mexico, are the official and incomparable GIFF headquarters.

From our inception we’ve had the fortune of dressing up two historical cities in Mexico with cinematic activities for a week out of the year. San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City represent the heart of the country because of its geographical condition and the warmth of its people. The colonial monuments and architecture that distinguish these cities are the ideal setting for the cinematic celebration offered by GIFF.

San Miguel de Allende is a favorite spot for the world’s artistic community. It’s picturesque and Cosmopolitan characteristics captivate from the get-go. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008, the city has been recognized during several occasions as an Ideal Destination in Mexico. This is where we introduce the first stage of the Guanajuato International Film Festival, where we use the Main Garden, Bellas Artes, the Santa Ana and Ángela Peralta theaters among our venues.

The charm of Guanajuato City’s stone-paved alleys and underground streets is without equal. The state’s capital is a city made for legends, a perfect place to set the stage for the second half of our festival and to receive our more than 100,000 participants that accompany us in each edition of the festival. Thus, the events that the festival presents take place in emblematic locations such as the Steps of the Guanajuato University, the Cervantes and Principal theaters, Alhóndiga de Granaditas and the majestic Juárez Theater.