[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]T[/eltdf_dropcaps]he Guanajuato International Film Festival launches its 19th edition today, confirming its place as a stage to celebrate world cinema as well as the most important platform for young filmmakers in Latin American and worldwide. With a call for entries that received over 3500 films from 120 countries and the honor of housing experts in the film industry, GIFF screens once more for the whole world.
San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City –two cities, one single destination– will dress up in cinema for the next 10 days. Their monuments and colonial architecture are the perfect setting for this celebration of cinema.
This year, the festival is immensely proud to have the presence of Japan as our Spotlight Country. Through the commitment of offering an integral space of expression and encounter, the participation of each and every one of our Spotlight Countries offers a relevant characteristic that promotes our bringing together values and experiences.
GIFF distinguishes itself with the tributes offered to personalities that transcend the screen with their iconic cinema, their laudable careers and the footprint that their legacy leaves on national and international cinema. In our current edition, the festival will be giving a loving tribute to Master Masato Harada, director Naomi Kawase and multifaceted actress Kaori Momoi, all of whom come from Japan. We also have Demián Bichir, one of the greats from our national cinema, Dolores Heredia, magnificent artist and current president of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and finally premiere actresses Evangelina Elizondo and Patricia Reyes Spíndola.
Beyond GIFF’s Official Selection, the spine of our festival, and its two signature programs: the 48-Hour Collegiate Documentary Competition and the Identity and Belonging Documentary Competition, the Guanajuato International Film Festival complements itself with a great variety of surrounding activities, such as special screenings for the children, conferences and special workshops, Project Glamour (presenting proposals for fashion design) and finally the astounding cycle of concerts known as Music +Cinema, not to mention the Tunnel Fest as our closing ceremony.
The journey continues. Soon turning two decades of existence, the festival focuses on the future. Applying new technologies and collaborating with the leading people in the film industry, we will continue this passionate mission of raising our voices to scream: More cinema please!!
Welcome to the GIFF 19 experience…