To revive the cinema! The Guadalajara Film Festival begins: hybrid and with sanitary measures

The Guadalajara Film Festival begins: hybrid and with sanitary measures

GUADALAJARA, Jal.- With a hybrid format, changes in its programming and strong sanitary measures due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Guadalajara Film Festival begins this Friday with the challenge of promoting the reactivation of the Ibero-American film industry.

From November 20 to 27, the 35th edition of the festival will offer a virtual program combined with lectures and film screenings in person.

It will also have a hundred fiction, documentary and animation feature films and short films in the official competition section.

The event, initially scheduled in March and suspended due to confinement to avoid an increase in infections by covid-19, had to sacrifice the presence of some Ibero-American figures who had initially confirmed their participation, in order to carry out this edition and move forward commitments to competing films.

E laus – traliano Tim Davies, creator of the music for films such as the sequel to “Frozen” (2019), the saga “Ant-Man”, “La La Land” (2016) and “Minions” (2015) is one of the figures that are part of the program, and will offer a conference to talk about his experience as a film composer.

As part of the Peruvian delegation, guest of honor for this edition, the film director Francisco Lombardi will give a conference for young filmmakers and will also receive the Mayahuel Iberoamericano Award for his career.

Mexican actress and producer Kate del Castillo will speak about her experience and other female actresses in Hollywood; Also the sound designer nominated for the Oscar for “Birdman” (2014) and “The Revenant” (2015), Martín Herández will offer a talk for young people.

The festival will pay a posthumous tribute to Mexican director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo and actor Héctor Suárez. The actor was going to receive the Mayahuel de Plata Award for his career last March, before the festival was suspended due to the pandemic, but due to his death in June, it will be received by his family.

During the days of the event, face-to-face screenings will be held in cinemas and public squares as part of its film program with extreme sanitary measures, in which only 30% of the total capacity will be allowed and the representatives of the films had to undergo tests and epidemiological monitoring.

Moviegoers will have access to a digital platform through which they will be able to enjoy keynote conferences and special screenings. In addition, the independent film platform Filmin Latino will join the free online screenings during the seven days of the festival. EFE

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