Oaxaca FilmFest is back for 2015 with a fantastic program of Mexican and international films. The 9 day festival, now in it’s sixth year, will take place in Oaxaca City from October 9-17.
This year the festival received over 2900 entries from 98 countries, 150 of which were chosen to compete in the following categories: Global Feature; Power Docs; Life is Short; Short Docs; Hecho en Mexico Short; Hecho en Mexico Narrative Feature; and Escrito en Mexico (screenwriting competition). All films, with the exception of Hecho en Mexico entries, are Mexican premieres.
Special events this year include the Oaxaca FilmFest World Tour, where the best films from the program will be screened in schools in ten countries around the world; the National Students and Academic Exchange programs; and the State Communities Tour 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 blind, deaf and hearing-imparied audiences (Cine Accesible).
The New Industry program is a series of conferences, workshops and panel discussions given by industry professionals, distribution and production companies. This year the Sundance Institute will host workshops on crowd funding, digital distribution and independent marketing and there will also be guests from Indiegogo, Kickstarter and VHX. Key lectures will be given by Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Alejandro Seri (Final Draft), Jacob Krueger and José Quintanilla.
High profile films will be shown each night from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 at Teatro Júarez as part of the Foundation Nights series. 100% of proceeds from these screenings will go to a selection of local charities including Libros para Pueblos, Techamos Una Mano, Fundación EnVía, and Hijos de la Luna and Fundación Crecemos. Check the program for details.
Films will be screened at six locations around the city including the Sala de Arte Cinepolis, Teatro Juárez, Biblioteca Henestrosa, Jardín Pañuelito, and the UABJO auditoriums.
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.