Morelia International Film Festival 2012

10 años, 10 estilos by Ramón Luviano

10 años, 10 estilos by Ramón LuvianoPor Liliana Elena González


The 10th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival will take place November 3rd through 11th. This Festival started in 2003 to promote the Mexican cinema´s new proposals. It´s main scenario is the colonial city of Morelia, but it also has activities and shows in Patzcuaro and Mexico City.

During the festival, movies from the five official competitive sections will be screened in addition to a selection of films from the International Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival. There will be premieres of national and international films, conferences, Homages to outstanding members of the film industry, workshops and special events. The whole schedule will be announced at the end of October.

The Festival has four official sections in competition: Mexican Short Film, Mexican Documentary, Mexican Feature Film and Michoacán Section. There are 45 Mexican Short Film, 25 Mexican Documentaries, 9 Mexican Feature Film and 12 Michoacán Section films for this year.

There has been important guest in the past editions: Serge Bromberg, Alfonso Cuarón, Doris Dörrie, Bruno Dumont, Stephen Frears, Gael García Bernal, Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Salma Hayek, Todd Haynes, Werner Herzog, Mike Hodges, Tommy Lee Jones, Diego Luna, Cristian Mungiu, Manoel de Oliveira, Arthur Penn, Marisa Paredes, Nicolas Philibert, Carlos Reygadas, Raúl Ruiz, Volker Schlöndorff, Barbet Schroeder, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, Guillermo del Toro, Fernando Trueba, Luis Valdez, y Gus Van Sant.

Also, the Festival honors every year an important figure of Mexican cinema from the state of Michoacán. In previous years, the festival has paid homage to Miguel Contreras Fernando Méndez and the Alva brothers, actresses Stella Inda and Lilia Prado, cinematographer Ezequiel Carrasco and actors Julio Alemán y Damián Alcázar.

There are tickets for sale to attend movies (35 pesos per person or 120 per 4 tickets). Conferences, round tables and exhibitions are usually free of charge and don’t require a ticket. However, seating is limited, so arrive early because seats are assigned on a “first come, first served” basis. For the opening and closing events an invitation is required

For more info & tickets, visit the Festival´s website.

Photo: “10 años, 10 estilos” by Ramón Luviano (Post Card Contest Winner)

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