The Ibero-American Film Festival returns to Miami in person

This content was published on Sep 24, 2021 – 11:33 PM

Miami, September 24 (EFE). – The Miami Independent Film Festival (IAFFM, in English) returns next November with more than two dozen films, in a release dedicated to “Women in Mexican Cinema” after stopping in 2020. Due to the pandemic, its director Fernando Arciniga told Efe.

Among the feature films, short feature films and documentaries, about 24 films will be presented between November 3-7, coming from Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and Portugal. event manager.

Some of these films are already in festival circles around the world, but none of them have ever been seen in Miami, as Archenega explained, of Colombian origin.

The selection, which covers topics ranging from abuse of women to incarceration, will be shown on the big screen at Silverspot Cinema in downtown Miami.

Similarly, the founder of the festival also referred to the “hybrid”, virtual and oriented nature of the event.

Without expecting titles or directors, Archiniga was hoping on Friday about the possibility of some directors from Spain and Portugal, countries that had previously restricted their entry to the United States due to the pandemic, in person.

In its fourth edition, the IAFFM chose Mexico as a guest country to “honor women in Mexican cinema” whether they are “actresses, producers, screenwriters or directors,” according to Archiniga.

“We are trying to convince directors with their films, and we have also invited Mexican artists,” he said, without naming names.

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Arciniega offers that the event will include a “piece” from the well-known international film festival in Morelia (Mexico).

The Central Competition awards the Best Short Film, Narrative and Documentary Film, whether works made in Iberian America, on Ibero-American themes, or starring Iberian-American actors.

In addition, this year, in October, the festival will hold a competition for filmmakers who are able to produce a short film at the weekend. This competition is free and descendants of Ibero-Americans can participate wherever they are.

“When we started our festival, the directors who made the show were of Cuban descent,” recalls the founder.

According to its website, the event has a “mission” to “show and celebrate films from Latin America, Spain and Portugal that are of a high level of artistry and deserve mention for delivering a purposeful and powerful message of social impact.”

It started as the Ibero-American Indy Passion Film Festival, but changed its name and increased its duration.

“We started with a day (of the festival) and we woke up according to the years. Our ideal is to have a whole week,” hopes Archeniga. EFE

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