By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz October 23, 2013 at 3:00PM
Presenting its program in Los Angeles for the third consecutive year this November, the Guadalajara International Film Festival aims to highlight the best in Mexican and Latin American cinema and bring it closer to the vast Latino population in Southern California. Taking place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, FICG in L.A. will premier some of the most outstanding films that screened back at the festival earlier this year in Mexico and other Latino titles that have received critical acclaimed around the world.
By bringing the festival to Los Angeles the organizers hope the festival becomes not only a showcase but to facilitating the exchange of ideas through stories and issues of cultural and social relevance, creating a space for collaboration between filmmakers and strengthening relationships between the film industry in Mexico and the U.S.
FICG in LA includes film screenings followed by Q&As with filmmakers and talent, as well as galas and special award recognitions to Latin American and U.S. Latino artists.
"It is an honor and a great responsibility to direct FICG in LA and to join the mission of the Guadalajara Internaitonal Film Festival (FICG) –which is close to its 30th anniversary – whose main purpose is to promote Mexican and Latin American cinema, expand the audience for these films, contribute to the careers of new filmmakers, and to serve as liaison between Latin American cinema and the international film industry " said Hebe Tabachnik, Director and Producer of FICG in LACalifornia is home to over 14 million Latinos, of which 12 million are Mexican or Mexican-American. Nearly 5 million of them resides in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which makes the city an obvious choice for the organizers. "FICG in LA
is a gateway to Latin American cinema in Hollywood and also for Latino filmmakers to forge a relationship with the Guadalajara International Film Festival and claim it as their home,” said Ivan Trujillo, Festival Director of FICG
FICG in LA is presented by the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the University of Guadalajara, University of Guadalajara Foundation in the United States, and is supported by the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles. FICG’s institutional sponsors include CONACULTA, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the Government of the State of Jalisco, Cultura UDG, Channel 44, as well as the municipalities of Guadalajara and Zapopan.
One of the program's highlights is the presentation of the award-winning documentary Quebranto (Disrupt) by Roberto Fiesco, who received a Special Jury Award in the Ibero-American Competition and was the winner of ther Maguey Award (FICG28), and more recently the Premio Sebastiane Latino Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film was produced by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz' joint venture Ambulante, a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to supporting and promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation
For more information on FICG in L.A. visit HERE
The Guadalajara International Film Festival was founded by Guillermo del Toro and other Mexican filmmakers in 1986, and will celebrate its 29th edition March 21-29, 2014.
FICG is the lead film festival in Latin America. It is a forum for the training, education, and creative exchange among industry professionals, film critics, and film students from all over Ibero-America.
About the University of Guadalajara – Mexico
The University of Guadalajara is a member of the University Network in the State of Jalisco, and it is the second oldest university in Mexico. The University of Guadalajara is committed to the betterment of society through higher education. It supports scientific and technological research that makes important contributions to a sustainable and inclusive society, respecting cultural diversity and honoring the principles of social justice, democracy, coexistence, and prosperity for all. The University is renowned in Mexico and abroad as a leader in the transformation of society through innovative means of social development and dissemination of knowledge.
About the Foundation of the University of Guadalajara in the U.S.
The University of Guadalajara Foundation in the United States of America (UDG Foundation-USA) is an extension of Fundación Universidad de Guadalajara, A.C., and is made up of a number of prominent academic and social leaders. The Foundation works to attain private support from individuals, foundations and corporations in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles.
U.S. UDG Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and social integration of migrants and Hispanic nationals by increasing their access to education and enhancing their sense of belonging and identification with their environment by developing their skills and capabilities through educational services and relevant social research.