See several new works in Latin-American cinema at FICG in LA, taking place at the Egyptian Theatre.
The fifth installment of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) is coming to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from Aug. 27 through 30. It is set to showcase the best in film from Mexico and Latin America.
The festival is sponsored by the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA and the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA). The University Foundation has also funded several other cultural events in the city for the last eight years and provides lectures in Spanish at the Mexican Consulate.
When asked about the significance of this event, president Ivan Trujillo states, “This truly is a carbon copy of the festival that takes place in Mexico. It is the longest-running film festival in our country, and one of the most important film festivals in all of Latin America. This past March was its 30th anniversary.”
This year’s festival also includes the “Work in Progress” campaign. It has shown great success in other countries like Costa Rica and Chile. The initiative consists of showcasing films that are nearly finished, and just need that last push to be made into reality and released.
“Fortunately, we’ve reached the point where we can literally give awards to these films so they could be finished and released properly. Films we awarded last year have already been released and been successful. This project has been immensely important because it’s helped unite Mexican and U.S. cinematography,” Trujillo says.
For the very first time the festival features animated works by students from Loyola Marymount University’s Film and Television program. They join forces with animators from Guadalajara. Nine animated shorts are going to shown, and they are to be followed by a master class from the animators.
The festival also features the Tree of Life award, given to individuals and entities that have provided great contributions to Latin-American cinema. This year, recipients include Spanish broadcaster Josep Parera, actress Ofelia Medina and the Derbez family.
For a schedule of films featured at the festival and more information, visit ficginla.com.
Edison Millan contributed to this story.