By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz March 12, 2014 at 2:30PM
The Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival starts this week and here are ten reasons not to miss it. Expect more news and insight from this exciting festival as I will be attending this year.
1.The entire festival continues to be free with priority access to accredited participants.2.Two additional Cine Colombia theaters (Centro Comercial La Castellana), 260 showings, more than 135 films, 27 countries, 48 daily screenings, 40 World Premieres and 26 Latin American premieres.
3.The directors of the Festival's Official Competitions, the latest and best film productions and a prestigious international jury all make their way to Cartagena this week for the festival.
4.The outstanding British actor Clive Owen will be the guest of honor. In addition to a Tribute of his work and the screening of his latest film Blood Ties, he will participate in a public dialogue at the Teatro Adolfo Mejía, free of charge.
5.Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, well-known for his feature films Amores Perros and Babel , will be honored with a Tribute; he will participate in a public dialogue at the Teatro Adolfo Mejía and also offer a master class, free.
Retrospectives will include the essential work of Iranian Master Abbas Kiarostami, the best of John Sayles, the North American independent film icon, and
the complete work of brilliant Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski. The three directors will travel to Cartagena to present their films, and participate in
public dialogues and master classes at Salón FICCI.
7.Salón FICCI will include 17 events including master classes, panels, public dialogues, workshops and press conferences by well-known film makers, screenwriters, producers, actors and other leading film industry professionals. Participation in Salón FICCI is free with priority access to with accredited festival-goers.
8.In a joint effort with the Ministry of Culture, Proimágenes Colombia will once again offer Encuentros Cartagena, a space for learning about and promoting cinema that will bring together both national and international professionals.
9.For the first time, the festival will have a Midnight Movies section, presenting two Colombian films: Gallows Hill (Encerrada), directed by Víctor García and written by Richard D'Ovidio (screenwriter of 13 Ghosts); and Demental, by young Colombian filmmaker David Bohorquez .