Website for 1st Ibero-American Internet Film Festival in which the Colombian Co-Production Contracorriente Won the Audience Award
Website for the 1st Ibero-American Internet Film Festival that took place March 27–April 16 featuring 16 free screenings from the competition. Colombian films participating included Contracorriente by Javier Fuentes-León, García by Jose Luis Rugeles, Los colores de la montaña by Carlos César Arbeláez and Pescador by Sebastián Cordero. The film to collect the most votes during the three-week festival was the co-production Contracorriente, while the Jury Prize from Colombian critic Hugo Chaparro, international festival consultant, Jean Christophe Berjon, Chilean critic Joel Poblete, Argentinean critic Marcelo Stiletano, Argentinean columnist Nicolás Kusmin and assistant editor of the Spanish magazine Fotogramas, Toni Ulled, went to Medianeras (2011) by Gustavo Taretto (Spain/Argentina/Germany).
Silencio en el paraíso Wins at Malaga Film Festival
Website for 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, which took place April 21-28. Colombian film Silencio en el Paraíso by Colbert García was awarded the Silver Biznaga for Best Film and the director took the Silver Biznaga for Best Direction in the Latin American Territory section, a window onto the continent’s currently thriving fiction scene “drawing attention to the undeniable variety of films that show up every year in the Malaga Festival program.” The Colombian film went up against three Argentinean films: El campo by Hernán Belón, Juntos para siempre by Pablo Solarz and Road July by Gaspar Gómez; the Peruvian film Las malas intenciones by Rosario García Montero; Música campesina, the third feature by Chilean writer Alberto Fuguet; the Mexican film Los últimos cristeros by Matías Meyer and the Uruguayan film Artigas, la “redota” by César Charlone. Colombian critic Orlando Mora, current head of programming at the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI), was a member of the jury in this section.
Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI) announces next festival and call-for-entry dates
Latin America’s oldest festival, and the largest in Colombia, announced the 53rd festival will take place Februry 28 – March 6, 2013. And, only days after the closing of the 52nd edition of the festival attended by 80,000 people, FICCI informed directors and producers that calls-for-entry will be open from July 15 to October 15, 2012.
Mapfre 4+1 Festival Takes Place Simultaneously in Bogotá and 4 Other Cities
Official website of the Cine 4+1 Festival, which for the 2nd year in a row will take place on October 26-30, simultaneously, in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. This “festival of festivals” focuses on major recent auteur films from around the world that have met with difficulty in accessing commercial circuits. The Cinemateca Distrital and Cine Colombia’s Multiplex Avenida Chile will screen films in Bogotá including Rebeca Zlotowski’s Belle épine (France, 2010); Otar Iosselani’s Chantrapas (France/Georgia, 2010); Andrés Duque’s Color perro que huye (Spain, 2011); Dennis Côté’s Curling (Canada, 2010); Niles Atallah’s Lucía (Chile, 2010); Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff (US, 2010); Marian Crisan’s Morgen (Rumania/France/Hungary, 2010); Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History (Thailand, 2009); Sergei Loznitsa’s My Joy (Ukraine/Germany/Netherlands, 2010); Patricio Guzman’s Nostalgia de la luz (France/Germany/Chile, 2010); Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage (Japan, 2010); and Nikola Lezaic’s Tilva Roš (2010).
International Guests at International Festival of Images
Official website of the 10th Annual International Festival of Images taking place this year in Manizales, Caldas from April 12-16. The festival is a meeting place and a space for debates focusing on visual design, electronic art, digital audiovisual creation, digital and electro-acoustic audio and the new relationships between art, design, science and technology. In the past, special guests have included academics such as Victor Margolin, currently one of the most important design historians and Professor Emeritus in the Art and Architecture History Department at the University of Illinois Chicago; Maurice Benayoun, France’s leading transmedia artist, professor at Paris University and co-founder of the pioneering digital creation company Z-A Society/Laboratory; and Eduardo Russo, Argentine critic and researcher specializing in audiovisual arts with over 170 publications in academic texts, festival juror and curator of international visual and electronic art exhibits.
Raimund Krumme Special Guest at Colombia’s Eurocine 2011
As part of EUROCINE 2011 scheduled this year from May 7-9 and focusing especially on animation, an intensive workshop sponsored by the Goethe Institute of Bogotá and the Universidad Javeriana will take place at Bogotá’s Cinemateca Distrital with special guest Raimund Krumme, an essential reference in European animation and influential in the works of many of today’s most daring animators. The German animator has directed commercials for the North American and Japanese markets and has won numerous international awards including the Jury Award at the Annecy Festival (the most important animation event in the world), the Bundesfilmpreis or Golden Film Award in Bonn, the Silver Dragon in Krakow, and the Animation Grand Prize in Montreal. Connoisseurs recognize Krumme as a pure animator who “takes advantage of the properties inherent in the media to create his own universe."