Oaxaca FilmFest 2014 officially opened last night with a special presentation of four short films at Teatro Juárez and the opening night fiesta at Casa Chata.
The 8 day festival, now in it’s fifth year, will feature 250 projects from over 50 countries as well as a series of conferences and workshops. Categories include:
- Global Narrative Feature
- America’s Narrative Feature
- Emergence Narrative Feature
- International Documentary Feature
- Hecho en Mexico Feature
- Hecho en Mexico Short
- International Short
- Animation Short
- Documentary Short
- International Screenwriting
- Escrito en Mexico
Special events this year include the Oaxaca FilmFest World Tour, when the best films from the program will be taken to Colombia, England, Spain and the USA; and the Travelling Tour Extension Program which will see a selection of films travel outside of Oaxaca City to some of the smaller towns and villages. There will also be special screenings for non-seeing and blind audiences.
High profile Mexican films will be shown each night at 9pm at Teatro Júarez as part of the Foundation Nights series. Proceeds from these screenings will go to a number of local charities including Techamos Una Mano, Fundación EnVía, and Hijos de la Luna. Check the program for details.
The New Industry program is a series of conferences, workshops and panel discussions given by industry professionals, distribution companies, producers etc. These activities are directed at directors, producers, screenwriters, distributors and people from the industry.
Special guests will include actor Luke Wilson who will be attending with producer Steve Eckelman to promote ‘Satellite Beach’, a short film that follows the journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Centre.
Films will be screened at nine locations around the city including Cinepolis, Teatro Juárez, Biblioteca Henestrosa, BS Biblioteca Infantil and MUPAL Museo del Palacio.
All events will be bilingual and films will be shown in their original language with subtitles in English and/or Spanish as required.
Entrance to all events is free, with the exception of screenings at Cinepolis and Foundation Nights.
For more information and to download the full program visit the official Oaxaca FilmFest website.