The Guanajuato International Film Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico
The Guanajuato International Film Festival, the largest and most prominent film festival and competition in Mexico, will take place this year on July 20-25 in Guanajuato, Mexico. The Guanajuato International Film Festival’s main goal is to spread cultural awareness through film in a non-profit format. The festival is open and free to the general public and celebrates the diversity of filmmaking and humanity. Renowned Mexican and international filmmakers have participated in the festival every year since 1998, making it a truly multicultural event set to inspire and bring individuals together from all over the world. This year the Guanajuato International Film Festival will honor the music, culture, and film of the Netherlands by planning a variety of different workshops and retrospectives set to shed light on the varying aspects of life in the Netherlands. Every year, the festival highlights the culture of one country in particular.
One of the newly established aspects of the film festival in Mexico is a GIFF Residence program that will be implemented starting in January 2013. The GIFF Residence program will invite international instructors to mentor the artists of the future in both thematic development and technique. Sarah Hoch, the executive director of GIFF stated, “The GIFF Residence is actually a house that will be occupied by eight filmmakers at a time, who may each be working on different stages of a given project, and who will be advised by national and international experts, with the common goal of completing their films.”