By El Occidental
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.
A delegation of over 50 professionals from the audiovisual world will participate, both online and on-site.
With more than twenty movies and cinematographic projects, Chile will be present at Guadalajara International Film Festival, in its 36th edition starting on October 1st.
Among those to be exhibited are: the awarded documentary The sky is red, and Mapuche director Claudia Huaquimilla’s last film My brothers dream awake. Besides, competing for the Rigo Mora Animation Short Film Award are the awarded short films Beast and The bones, the latter having recently won at Venice Film Festival.
Chile’s participation is led by diverse public and private institutions: Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Patrimony (MINCAP), ProChile, sectorial brands CinemaChile and Chiledoc, the Chilean Documentary Corporation, the Chilean Animators Association, and their brand, Chilean Animation.
ProChile’s general director Jorge O’Ryan points that “for its size, relevance and role within the Latin American audiovisual industry, Mexico is one of the scope markets for the Chilean audiovisual sector. In this context, FICG is a crucial event for ProChile, as this year looks to broaden and deepen our producing companies and their fiction, documentary and/or animation productions’ presence in this market. Actions like networking at DocuLab, Guadalajara Builds, or the Coproduction Meeting aim at forging bonds and strengthening links between Chilean and Mexican filmmakers, making the Chilean audiovisual industry grow.”
The executive director of CinemaChile, a Chilean audiovisual sector national and international promoting agency, Constanza Arena, points: “As the sectorial brand for the entire Chilean audiovisual sector in fiction, documentary, and animation, in both feature, short and episodic format, we have been building a bond for over 12 years with the festival. This bond was founded on collaborative work supported by the director, Estrella Araiza’s and her team’s work, both in industry and the festival, with their particular attention to our filmography, standing out this year in its diverse sections.”
She added that there is a strong connection between Chilean and Mexican cinema, with common identities, interests, and languages. In FICG’s case, the festival and its industry section have been especially generous in recognizing and promoting Chilean cinema for a few years now.
“We value Guadalajara because it is an important space to connect with Latin American cinema and industry, create networks, and contact other producers in the continent, » adds Paula Ossandón, director of Chiledoc, the organization responsible for promoting and distributing the Chilean documentary sector around the world.
The movies exhibited at the Iberoamerican Feature Film category will be Inmersion, directed by Nicolás Postiglione and collectively produced; To kill the beast, directed by Agustina San Martín and produced by Florencia Rodriguez; Dusk Stone, directed by Ivan Fund and produced by Catalina Vergara and Laura Tablón; and My brothers dream awake, directed by Claudia Huaiquimilla (Mala junta, 2016), and produced by Mariana Tejos and Pablo Greene. My brothers dream awake had its premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, and has had to this date good reviews from the critics.
In the Iberoamerican Documentary category, the awarded The sky is red movie, directed by Francina Carbonell, and produced by Gabriela Sandoval and Carlos Nuñez, will be presented. Besides, three short films selected for the Iberoamerican Short Film category will be presented; An impossible love story, directed by Javier Mardones, and produced by Margarita Fuenzalida; I dreamed I was alive, directed by Sebastián González; and A house in the sand, directed by Cristóbal García, and produced by Francisco Bisañez.
Among fifteen short films competing for the Rigo Mora Animation Short Film Award, three Chilean animation short films stand out. Uninhabited, directed by Camila Donoso, and produced by Antonia Puga; Beast, directed by Hugo Covarrubias, and produced by Tevo Díaz, winner of the Festivals Connexions Award at Annency International Animation Film Festival 2021, the largest in its genre; and The bones, directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, and produced by Lucas Engel, recent winner of the Best Short Film Award, at the Venice International Film Festival’s Horizons section.