INDUSTRY: Feast Your Eyes on FICG 28

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“For all hands”

Acquisitions and Granting Manager Angelica Dongallo recounts the sights and sounds of Mexico’s prestigious film festival…

Guadalajara: home of mariachis, tequila country, and the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (FICG). I arrived in the “valley of stones” during the wee hours of the day of opening night activities, and contemplated the next few days’ prospects as we drove through the speckled-lit streets of the sleeping city.

My mission in attending FICG was primarily three-fold: to promote GFI’s Granting Program via a panel on film funding for the Talent Campus, to participate in the Ibero American Co-production Meetings and determine some leads for our next round of granting and, of course, to see a live mariachi band. Thankfully, and with a great deal of credit to the Industry-section organizers and some (though not much) to my attempted-Spanish, I accomplished all these and more in the short time I spent at the Festival.

The following days were bright, busy and a whirlwind of productivity and enjoyment. The funding panel was successful and met with positive response from the roomful of established and up-and-coming filmmakers present, many from the Talent Campus. I presented alongside Luke Moody of The BritDoc Foundation, Vincenzo Bugno of the World Cinema Fund and Ivar Køhn of SØRFOND-Norwegian South Film Fund. There was a wonderful blend of disciplines and information, in both English and Spanish, during the panel: emphasis of both narrative and documentary films, varied funding structures, host-countries, experiences, etc.

My meetings with the co-production participants were just as captivating. The film projects—ranging from narratives about the relationship between a father and son of Mexico’s Huichol culture, to the experiences of breakdancers in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura—were all unique, genuine and compelling.

I was also graced by the presence of some of GFI’s longtime friends (where, but a film festival, can you finally meet face-to-face with the people with whom you’ve been exchanging emails with for years?!) and caught a screening and press conference with Leticia Jorge (co-director) and Nestor Guzzini (lead actor) of GFI honorable mention TANTA AGUA, which won the Mejor Opera Prima award for Best First Feature!

Exciting times in Guadalajara. Check out the photo collage below or view the entire photo album here!

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Great screening and press conference of The  Global Film Initiative grant recipient TANTA AGUA, with director  Leticia Jorge and actor Nestor Guzzini! The film won the Mejor Opera  Prima award for Best First Feature!

Great screening and press conference of GFI grant recipient TANTA AGUA, with director Leticia Jorge and lead actor Nestor Guzzini! The film went on to win FICG’s Mejor Opera Prima award!

Alejandra Paulin, Director of Industry

We meet at last! Catching a break with Alejandra Paulín, Head of Industry & Ibero American Film Market.

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Fashionable marketing with FICG 28 Directora de Industria (Director of Industry) Andrea Stavenhagen

Fashionable marketing with FICG 28 Head of Industry Andrea Stavenhagen.

Uruguayan director, Abdala Pablo, from Ibero-American Coproduction

Uruguayan director Pablo Abdala and FICG volunteer Denise, who translated our “cita” during the Ibero American Coproduction Meetings.

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Marcela Esquivel, Producer of GFI grant recipient RED PRINCESSES, and Misha Maclaird of the Oakland Underground and Ambulante Film Festivals.

Federico Veiroj, director of Global Lens 2011 film A USEFUL LIFE and Officer for Latin America at San Sebastian IFF.

Federico Veiroj, director of Global Lens 2011 film A USEFUL LIFE and Officer for Latin America at San Sebastian IFF.

Ensalada from a street cart with broccoli, potatoes, and chayote--steamed right in front of your eyes--and topped with queso, cream, and spicy sauce. (Sorta) healthy!

Ensalada from a street cart with broccoli, potatoes and chayote–steamed right in front of your eyes–and topped with queso, cream and spicy sauce.

Look! A buñuelo! (A delicious, sugary, doughy, pastry)

Look! A buñuelo! (A delicious, sugary, doughy, pastry)

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Live mariachi in the neighboring city of Tlaquepaque. Mission accomplished!

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