July 20 - AHL GTO

Botellita de Jerez is a bastion of Mexican popular rock culture. Formed in 1983, its original alignment was composed by Armando Vega-Gil on bass, Francisco Barrios “El Mastuerzo” on the drums, and Sergio Arau on guitar, who would separate from the group in 1988 and again in 2013. With the same humor as its scenic weapon, they continued now under the name HH Botellita de Jerez, along with Rafael Gonzalez on keyboards and congas, and on guitar, two-time Ariel nominee Santiago Ojeda.



July 24 - JPR SMA

Little Jesus is a band from southern Mexico City, founded by Santiago Casillas. In 2013 they presented their debut album Norte, with which they won the 2014 Indie and Music Awards prizes for Best Band, Best New Artist, Best Song, Best Director and Best Rock Album. Little Jesus has performed at festivals such as Vive Latino, NRMAL, SXSW, BIME, Zaragoza Latina, Ceremonia, Hermoso Ruido and Marvin. This year they opened for the Rolling Stones in Mexico.



July 22 - JPR SMA

They began in Guadalajara in 2004. Their frenetic groove and playful improvisational sessions turned them into one of the favorite bands of the growing national jazz scene , sharing the stage with great bands. They are the only group in the world that has played in back-to-back years in one of the main stages of the legendary Glastonbury Festival. In 2015, the New York City Record named their set one of the great concerts of the year in the Big Apple.



July 28 - AHL GTO

Descartes a Kant was founded in Guadalajara in 2001, the year they immediately integrate into the independent music scene in the country. Their outstanding live performances have led them to open for major bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Stereo Total, El Otro Yo and Explosions in the Sky. They have participated in festivals such as Vive Latino, Indio Emergente, Maquinaria Fest, SXSW, Rock al Parque, Culture Collide, White Nights, and Manizales Grita Rock.



July 23 - JPR SMA

Mexican rock band Camilo Séptimo, adds percussion and dance rhythms to the genre, something out of the ordinary in our music scene. Camilo Séptimo already proved what it is to be on one of the big stages, which includes opening for Kings of Leon in Guadalajara’s Arena VFG. After a successful performance at Vive Latino 2015, this year they are preparing their Tour Neon, where they promise to mix their musical style with a first class visual experience.



July 29 - AHL GTO

A Mexican indie band that celebrates a 10-year career in 2016. With five performances under their belts at Vive Latino, they have shared the stage with such great bands as NIN, SOAD, Bad Religion, Mastodon and Wolfmother, among others. Their latest single, in collaboration with Le Butcherettes and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, airs on most lists of digital music and FM radio in the country. Their new LP is due out this summer and will be presented at Ruido Fest Chicago.



July 24 - JPR SMA

Originally from Tijuana, they have spent five years in the Mexico’s independent music scene. They move to Mexico City to release their second LP Perro Verde y Triste in September 2015. They recorded two songs at Greenhouse Studios (Iceland) under big-time producers like Ben H. Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective). This year they continue to promote their second LP both locally and internationally through platforms such as LAMC in New York and Ruido Fest in Chicago.



July 28 - AHL GTO

With a dynamic and shrill sound, inclined to progressive aspects of rock and electronic music, Sierra León uses experimentation through all the elements that compose their music, always searching for an identity. They have played in our country’s leading forums and last year they toured China where their performance received praise from the press. This year, the cover art on their new album was nominated for the IMAS, an award given to the best in Mexican independent music.



July 29 - JPR SMA

Since 2009 USSR bajo el Árbol is a reference for the experimental Indie music produced in Mexico. The band has performed a couple of times at Vive Latino and plays a great number of shows all over the country. They released the Líneas Mentales EP, which was sponsored by Adrian Terrazas from The Mars Volta. They also produced the album 7. All of this has been launched by Discos Intolerancia.



July 23 - JPR SMA

Founded in Mexico City, they haven’t stopped making music since 2009, a creative impulse that has lead them to travel all over Mexico and a few US cities. The festivals they have played include Vive Latino, Marvin and SXSW in Austin, Texas. This year, Capo will launch their video for Laberinto and they will begin a tour all over the country.



July 29 - AHL GTO

Their music emerges from Synth Rock and travels through textures with layers of reverb and delay, especially on vocals and guitar, while the bass and drums keep in line with slow rhythms that go in crescendo as the synthesizer, guitar and voice guide them. They have played Multiforo 246, Caradura, Bajo Circuito, Aquí no hubo escena, Alicia and NRMAL Showcase Festival.



July 28 - AHL GTO

Tokyo Brass Style are 10 Japanese girls who play mainly wind-metal instruments, with a wide influence genres like funk, ska, swing and latin jazz, they give new life to classic pieces and melodies of Japanese anime, with performances full of energy and special arrangements for metal assembly. Formed in the year 2005, the group began making their presentations on the street, and then they jump to the indie scene and their recording debut.




July 22, Friday. 17:00 hrs - CCB SMA

Since October 2015 Dolores Heredia is the President of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, independent organization that promotes diffusion, investigation, preservation, development and the defense of the cinematic arts and sciences. The AMACC emerged in 1946 when the Mexican film industry was enjoying a moment of splendor, cemented by a significant artistic, technical and industrial infrastructure. At 70 years of its formation, the Academy maintains the same spirit focused in the growth of the national film industry and the defense of creative and labor freedoms of Mexican filmmakers.



July 30, Saturday. 12:00 hrs - TJR GTO

Two-time Academy-Award nominated cinematographer, first in 1992 for The Prince of Tides and then for Batman Forever in 1996. He has worked with Tony Scott in The Hunger (1983), Francis Ford Coppola in The Cotton Club (1984); in Closer (2004) with Mike Nichols, and in The Help (2011) with Tate Taylor, among many others. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2003 for the HBO miniseries Angels in America. In 1968, Goldblatt made a photo shoot with The Beatles called “A Mad Day Out”, in which he drove around London taking pictures to the band. One of the shots appeared in Life Magazine and a few album art on Beatles compilations.

Project Glamour


Project Glamour is working tirelessly with talented fashion, accessories and jewelry designers from all over Mexico to bring the film and glamour-loving audience a taste of the talent and creativity that represent the state of Guanajuato and several other states of Mexico. The combination of celebrities and glamour on the red carpets and special events will once again be one of the most anxiously awaited elements for film lovers and the audience in general. See you at the Red Carpet!




Timeless boutique that handles collections of different designers and manufacturers from countries like Portugal, Spain, Colombia, New Zealand, Argentina, Japan and Mexico, among others. They offer unique pieces in a small but socially active community. They are known for their success in the exclusivity of their collections..




Brand specializing in leather goods made by Mexican designer Pedro Valadez. Their products are made with the highest quality materials, combining the elegant balance between luxury and spirit, creating a recognizable style and character. This year, Mexico’s luxury brand Khemia surprises with its new collection of handbags and leather accessories in rich, dark brown and red.




We’re a Mexican fashion initiative that brings together the most creative and talents in entrepreneurial fashion in Mexico. We work to strengthen, consolidate and place the national emerging talent into the medium. In 2016 we’ve assembled a crew of twelve designers from different Mexican states to add to our projects, including more than 30 new designers.




Public relations man and recognized fashion editor. His passion for both have placed him in the best platforms, always with the goal of promoting fashion development in Mexico, focusing his work on generating creative strategies to promotion and dissemination that suit the needs of each brand.




Armour Jewelry delivers a simple, striking collection of both delicate and bold pieces for today’s modern woman. Handmade in small batches, using semi-precious stones, raw crystals, sterling silver and gold, each piece comes with its own unique story and personality.




They’re a company that offers haute couture for men and women who appreciate detail and are constantly seeking new material of the highest quality. They define their style as Casual-Chic and create two conceptual collections every year, making clothes with high quality finishes, destined to become classics for anyone’s wardrobe.




Avant-garde jewelry designer in Latin America who breaks new ground with his bold and risky designs as well as a combination of the latest trends with Mexico’s most representative element: silver. His creativity has emerged from the combination of two elements: the Latin tradition, reflected in his ornaments, and his studies in art and fashion in Florence, the Netherlands and New York.



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Inspired by our country’s rich textiles and geometry, the designer seeks to change the outlook on traditional clothing, updating items like the “huipil”, the shawl and the traditional loom-made textiles, to make contemporary clothing for today’s woman. The pieces reflect the sophistication of indigenous textile techniques and a minimalist aesthetic.




Acaezcan Models is a professional youth training school. Committed to launching new generation through their passions for ballet and fashion, we organize events where students can experience something unique.

Women in film and television

Film is a medium, a language, but above all a very personal view of the world, a window that offers with every movie, a glance with which we can appreciate the director’s individuality, that who tells stories through images, sound and metaphors of life. Therefore, in a society where women have a leading role, the cinematic interpretation of the feminine view becomes crucial. Because of these shift in values, Women in Film and Television arose in 2002 with the purpose of recognizing and promoting the work of Mexican and international women who live in this country in cinema, television and other audiovisual media. For us at GIFF it’s important and significant, because this is where Women in Film and Television was born and our presence has becomes a tradition thanks to Sarah Hoch and the dinner she organizes for the women we pay tribute to for excelling in their respective medium. Women in Film and Television strengthens the promotion and diffusion of the work done by women in audiovisual media, through programs that promote equality and diversity in topics with the purpose of increasing production, distribution and diffusion. This is why each year the Association gives The Muse award, a beautiful statuette created by sculptor Elena Somonte, to the best short film directed by a woman in the festival’s competition and we recognize two women with a renowned career in their respective professions. In the year 2016, we pay a deserving tribute to Evangelina Elizondo, who has participated in more than 80 feature-length films as well as great works of the stage, television series and soap operas. She, who has delivered a unique actor’s legacy for more than six decades, portrays a big part of the history of Mexican cinema. We also pay tribute to Patricia Reyes Spíndola, premiere actress for more than 40 years who has work with great personalities like José Luis Ibañez, Héctor Mendoza and Adriana Roel, or the filmography of Felipe Cazals, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo and Arturo Ripstein. Congratulation to our two great Muses, Evangelina Elizondo and Patricia Reyes Spíndola, and thank you to Sarah Hoch for opening up this space where the work, creativity and talent of women in the audiovisual world is recognized every year within the Guanajuato International Film Festival.




The first time I saw Evangelina Elizondo was in a Mexican black-and-white western on television: Los fugitivos, pueblo de proscritos. It amazed me to see her in such an unusual role for Mexican cinema, a happy, audacious, likable woman who can fend for herself, surrounded by men. She escaped from prison near Plaza de San Roque, in Guanajuato, to create a new society. Film is not better than life: It is life.

Director Fernando Méndez made seven films with Evangelina. He was a good friend of her father and I’m sure that during his get-togethers with her family when she was little, he heard her sing. I later found out that she was the Latin American voice of Disney’s Cinderella; an interesting contrast to her artistic personality. From there on she has participated in more than 80 feature films and a great variety of plays, television shows and soap operas. In her first film, Gilberto Martínez Solares’ Las locuras de Tin-Tan, she played an apparently crazy woman who sings opera. When she walks into the bar “El Huarachazo”, her friend tells her the place has a reputation for being a place of “pachucos and gangsters” and Paloma (Evangelina) answers: “I like strong emotions”. From the very beginning, Evangelina showed a great versatility. She’s also the apparently candid girl in Frontera Norte, also by Fernando Méndez, or the bastonera at the University City stadium in Viva la juventud, directed by Fernando Cortés. From then on she’s worked the gamut from comedies, with actors such as Clavillazo, Resortes, Tin Tan and Mauricio Garcés, to tragedies, with Pina Pellicer and Ignacio López Tarso.

Her clear highlight from the 1960’s is her performance in Días de otoño, directed by Roberto Gavaldón, which earned her a Silver Goddess for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1990’s, Alfonso Arau tapped her for A Walk in the Clouds, where she plays an Italian matron with Anthony Quinn and the granddaughter: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. A few years later, Epigmenio Ibarra brought out the gamut of her talents as an actor and launched her in Mirada de Mujer, as Mamalena. People saw the soap opera not only for its protagonist Angélica Aragón, but also for Evangelina, who achieved a memorable sympathy, despite being an antagonist to her own daughter. Her gifts have allowed her to take a substantial leap to the 21st Century XXI. In 2005, we made Pozos, Guanajuato. The coloring in Evangelina’s performance in Las Buenrostro was astounding. She asked me to let her build her own character and she very generously shared her process with me. We also shot in Mexico City in an estate in Tlalpan. Her discipline is exemplary. I will always thank her for fully offering her versatility in her character, a nice woman who killed old men who had been abandoned to their suffering. With this film we went back to Guanajuato, to Cervantino. Evangelina was present when the film was screened at the steps of the University of Guanajuato.

It’s been very significant for me to make this journey with her, for my Guanajuato blood perhaps, because she makes me relive my days with my endearing aunts from Pastita 53. On this third occasion, we at Women in Film and Television at the Guanajuato International Film Festival, pay a deserved tribute to her work and this unmovable footprint she has left in film and television, a woman who’s been able to combine with her 60-year career in cinema, her deep and fully embraced religious studies. >




There are people who discover their calling at a very young age. Such is the case with Patricia, who has dreamt about acting since she was a little girl: “I did miniature theater where I placed my dolls to be the audience, that’s where my acting career started”. Born in Oaxaca on July 11, 1953 Patricia arrived in Mexico City as a teenager and immediately began her film acting career whilst she worked as a secretary at an orthodontist’s office. She began with small parts, but a few years after she began acting she won an Ariel for Actas de Marusia (1976), directed by Chilean Miguel Littín. Her career took off quickly and she kept working year in and year out until she reached almost fifty films. Under the wings of greats such as Roberto Gavaldón, Emilio “El Indio” Fernández, Alberto Isaac, Felipe Cazals, and especially Arturo Ripstein, who calls her his Muse, Patricia is an irreplaceable presence in the history of our cinema.

Anecdotes from her life include when Emilio Fernández asked her to operate on her ear lobes to attach them to her skin, or else she wouldn’t get the part in his second version of Pueblerina. She also remembers vividly that in 1994, thanks to her collaboration with Ripstein in La Reina de la Noche, she was nominated for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Of course, Television knocked on her door and she’s had an intense and fruitful career in soap operas for which she’s won several awards. She remembers her parts in El extraño retorno de Diana Salazar, El Maleficio, La antorcha encendida, among many others. She also had a stint in theater with plays like La Hiedra directed by Nancy Cárdenas, and in Madrid she shared the stage with Carmen Sevilla, both unforgettable experiences. As if that weren’t enough, Patricia has directed soap operas and she founded an Academy for actors in which she teaches workshops. Patricia Reyes Spíndola not only has an impressive professional career, she has a great sense of humor, which is probably why she finishes a Stand-Up Comedy routine she does in Madrid with: –based on the stereotype of Mexican “culebrones”- “I’m happy to play a maid, but I’ll be charging like a mistress”.

Kids in action


Through a special selection of films and various educational workshops, GIFF’s official “Kids in Action” program has become a model for inclusion and social commitment, through the understanding that cinema can be an educational tool.

For children, watching movies represents a diversion from their daily life, which increases their interest and participation. The little ones’ way of learning is playful and relaxed. Projecting a movie is a way to provide them with knowledge that will benefit their creative, cognitive, artistic and expressive capabilities.

We also offer workshops that introduce children to the process of making a movie and an extensive vocabulary related to cinema. We teach children how to interpret the story they’re seeing, which also teaches them how to interpret life and the importance of their decisions.

Midnight Madness


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