Oaxaca FilmFest returns for its seventh edition with an impressive program of Mexican and international films. The eight day festival will take place in Oaxaca City from October 8-15.
This year the festival received over 4500 entries from 96 countries, 400 of which were chosen for The Official Selection in the following eight categories: Global, Emergent, Life is Short, Power Docs, Hecho en México, Short Docs, Global Script Challenge and Escrito en México. All the films, with the exception of those in Hecho en México are Mexican premieres. You can see the full selection here.
Highlights of the festival include:
Elvis & Nixon | United States, Liza Johnson (Global)
The Rolling Stones: Olé, Olé, Olé A trip Across Latin America: | United Kingdom, Paul Dugdale (Power Docs)
7:19 | Mexico, Jorge Michel Grau (Global)
100 Años de perdón | Spain, Daniel Calparsoro (Global)
Oaxaca Filmfest continues its collaboration with the Sundance Institute in 2016, this year through its Sundance Ignite Program for 18-24-year old filmmakers. The Institute will host three panels during the festival which will be showcased at the festival’s Young Industry and New Industry programs. The New Industry program is a 3-day series of conferences, workshops and panel discussions given by industry professionals, distribution and production companies. Young Industry is an intensive 5-day program aimed at film students and new filmmakers.
Oaxaca FilmFest aims to create an inclusive environment, bridging the gap between the local community and the film industry and this can be seen in their commitment to the School Exchange Program; the State Communities Tour which will see a selection of films travel outside of Oaxaca City to ten towns and villages; and the Accessible Cine program which includes special screenings for vision and hearing impaired audiences.
High profile films will be shown each night from Monday, October 10 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, Fundación EnVía, Fundación Crecemos, Canica A.C., Coral, A.C., and Fundación Comunitaria. Check the program for details.
Films will be screened at a variety of locations around the city including the Centro Cultural San Pablo, Cinepolis, Teatro Juárez, Biblioteca Henestrosa, BS Biblioteca Infantil, Jardín el Pañuelito and Museo Rufino Tamayo.
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.