48-Hour Collegiate Rally: 48 hours to produce 10 years of rally 6 projects 6 months of preparation 5 states 1 location From its beginnings at the Festival, the Collegiate Rally has been a hotbed for young talent interested in telling stories. At best, many of them go on to careers with the added value of knowing how to make a quality film in a limited amount of time, facing obstacles of any nature. The rally is a memory that will forever permeate in their hearts. At 14:00 hrs on Friday July 27, the participants of the 10th Rally met at the steps of the University of Guanajuato to deliver the films and officially finish the 48 most intense hours for which they’ve been preparing for more than six months. The splendid streets of Guanajuato witnessed the comings and goings of these intrepid and passionate filmmakers. With great pride, each of the teams arrived to that long-awaited delivery, goofing around and happy to have made it. The short films were screened hours later at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas. The sudden rain did not extinguish the spark of these college kids who put their abilities to make a film and solve any type of unforeseen conundrum to the test. They could not be more excited. At the start of the event, the Rally judges, Rodrigo Hernández, Pilar Mata and Arturo Díaz shared a few words. All three of them agreed on feeling humbled by the invitation and wished the participants the best of luck. They highlighted the efforts and encouraged them to keep making movies. A video was screened that alluded to the tenth anniversary of the rally and portraying its growth, not only in quantity of submitted scripts, which was more than 280 this year alone, but in quality of films. Immediately afterwards, the teams walked the Red Carpet and wouldn’t stop cheering. The first team made the short film Algo mágico sucederá, whose director was very honored; the next team was La última y nos vamos, a period Ranch musical, according to the director; next up was Máscara mística, and the crew kept up the tradition of wearing a green mask. Mute was the fourth team to walk and see their film on the screen. Said project featured actor Aarón Díaz who thanked everyone who participated and highlighted the talent of the state. He added that there is a “hunger for filmmaking in our country”. The second-to-last to walk were the team of Reescribiéndome; their director emphasized the synergy of her artistic team who remained standing on the edge ever since they found out about being selected. The final team was Salvando al mundo, one of the most cheered-on project by the audience. Its director said “the Rally is a space to improve in doing what we love and a space to create friendships”. He emphasized that the team has become his family, his best friends, his brothers and sisters. One of the actresses that starred in it said: “cinema and the will to make it has spread like a virus”. The recurring phrase was: “Más cine por favor”, the festival slogan, which is undoubtedly a go-to phrase for filmmakers, organizing committees, film fans and the attentive audience at GIFF. Following the six screenings, the teams were invited to take the stage in the rain to take group pictures and selfies.