Introduction

The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) has contributed in a sustained and successful way to the dissemination and projection of Mexican cinema on an international level. Impulso Morelia emerged in 2015 as a natural result of the festival’s ongoing effort to increase the visibility of Mexican cinema internationally. to stimulate an exchange of ideas, and to promote the sharing of expertise between Mexican filmmakers and industry professionals. The initiative sees participation from film programmers from some of the most important national and international festivals, as well as producers, distributors and sales agents.

Since its beginnings, FICM has been an important meeting point for international film programmers, critics, distributors and actors interested in new Mexican cinema. Impulso Morelia thrives on this dynamic exchange and as the initiative gains strength year-on-year, it is becoming an essential way for Mexican filmmakers to engage in direct dialogue with experts from the national and international film industry.

After the resounding success of its first edition in 2015, Impulso Morelia is expanding its call for entries to include not only Mexican feature films in post-production, but also a space for film projects in development.

Impulso Morelia will include a program of films in post-production. This program will be presented exclusively to leading figures from the film industry, offering a unique opportunity for reflection, as well as for the promotion and circulation of projects.

Impulso Morelia will also include a space for Mexican projects that are currently in-development. Filmmakers will present their projects to specialists, in order to establish partnerships that will assist with completion.

Impulso Morelia will take place on the 25th, 26th and 27th October 2016, as part of the 14th edition of FICM.

RESULTS OF THE CALL FOR ENTRIES 2016

FICTION PROGRAM

Postproduction:

Cuadros en la oscuridad
Dir. Paula Markovitch
Production company: Cuevas de Altamira

Extraño pero verdadero
Dir. Michel Lipkes
Production company: Películas Extrañas, S.A. de C.V.

La caótica vida de Nada
Dir. Marta Hernaiz Pidal
Production company: Cine Vendaval

Oso polar
Dir. Marcelo Tobar
Production companies: Zensky Cine / La Torre y el Mar

Projects in development:

¡Ánimo juventud!
Dir. Carlos Armella
Production company: B Positivo Producciones

Los amores modernos
Dir. Matías Meyer
Production company: Luc, la Película, S. de R.L.

Sanctorum
Dir. Joshua Gil
Production company: Parábola Cine

DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

Postproduction:

La libertad del diablo
Dir. Everardo González
Production companies: Artegios Producciones/Animal de Luz Films

Morir a los desiertos
Dir. Marta Ferrer
Production company: Pimienta Films/Cuadernos de Cine

Los ojos del mar
Dir. José Álvarez
Production companies: Piano / Sutor Kolonko

Projects in development:

Encuentro en Juárez
Dir. Maya Goded
Production company: Bisturí A.C.

Oxacalifornia: el retorno
Dir. Trisha Ziff
Production company: Berlin 212 S. de R.L. de C.V.

 Teresa
Dir. Dalia Reyes
Production company: EnAguas cine

JURY 2016

Antonio Saura: Born in a family of filmmakers, BA in Modern History specialized in the Conquest of America, and MFA in film from Columbia University NY. After working as a journalist in newspapers and magazines such as El País, Diario 16, Diez Minutos etc, he soon focused his interest in film, first as adviser in films and then as Executive Director and Head of Development in Lola Films, by then Spanish biggest production outfit. There he developed films by Alex de la Iglesia, Carlos Saura, Vicente Aranda, Jaime Chávarri, Bigas Luna among others. Once finished this period of his life, he decided to produce his own movies with his different film companies, LFC, ZEBRA, and most recently ZAMPA AUDIOVISUAL, having produced more than 25 feature films or documentaries, as well as more than 500 hours of TV drama and programs. Without interrupting his job as producer, since 2015 he directs the international sales agency Latido Films. He is Deputy Chairman of the European Film Academy. In the past he developed an outstanding work in audiovisual training, funding and directing the Media Business School. Since 4 years he has been a guest teacher at the Spanish School in Middlebury College Vermont.

Lisa Marie Russo: Lisa Marie created Fly Film with Kate Ogborn in 2009.  They produced Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson’s Abandoned Goods, which won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at Locarno in 2015, and screened in many festivals, including Sundance and London.  They are currently executive producing shorts by young people with Screen South, supported by the Arts Council of England for Channel Four. Lisa Marie produced Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 with Kate and Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films, and Swandown, a feature documentary by artist Andrew Kotting and writer Iain Sinclair.  She also produced Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s feature debut, Self Made and was an executive producer on The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston and the documentary Hockney.
Prior to Fly Film, Lisa Marie executive produced Terence Davies’ documentary Of Time and the City as well as the films Salvage and Kicks as part of Digital Departures, a scheme to celebrate the Capital of Culture in Liverpool ‘08. Of Time and the City was critically acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, and was nominated for a Bafta, Bifa and Grierson Award. The film was on Time Magazine’s list of Top Ten Movies for 2009, and was the winner of the New York Film Critics’ Circle for Best Documentary, 2009.  Lisa Marie produced the BBC2 film Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart, directed by Marc Munden and starring Sally Hawkins.  She co-produced the feature film Brothers of the Head, starring Luke and Harry Treadaway and winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Prior to moving to the UK, she directed documentaries for PBS in Philadelphia, and won an Emmy for Peace,  about the Gulf War.

Vincenzo Bugno: Project manager of the World Cinema Fund. He was born in Venice and has lived in Berlin since 1988. After graduating in literature, art history and film at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, he initially worked as a journalist and film critic for Italian and Swiss media. He has written regularly for newspapers and magazines, notably “Corriere della Sera” as well as “Manifesto” and “Ciak”.
In addition, he has worked for TV broadcasters including Arte, ZDF, Tele+ and Sky Italia as writer and director of numerous reports and documentaries on cinema and other cultural topics, and has been an advisor and curator for several international film festivals. From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the programming committee at Locarno Film Festival and head of its Open Door section. He has also regularly contributed to various film festivals as a jury member or panellist, as well as being a consultant for international cinema and cultural institutions.
Since 2001, Vincenzo Bugno has worked at the Berlin International Film Festival in various capacities. He is one of the initiators, project managers and assessors of the World Cinema Fund, founded in 2004 with the objective of supporting film production in regions and countries lacking a structurally strong film industry.
As WCF project manager, he is chiefly responsible for the development of the initiative regarding its content and for its artistic profile. Alongside that, Vincenzo Bugno is Berlinale delegate for both the Maghreb / Mashriq region and Italy, and is a member of the selection committee for the International Competition.

Convocatoria para proyectos de largometrajes mexicanos en desarrollo

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El Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia (FICM) contribuye de manera constante a la proyección internacional del cine nacional, creando espacios de reflexión entre cineastas mexicanos y profesionales de la escena cinematográfica mundial. Alentado por el éxito de la edición inicial de Impulso Morelia, el Festival abre también la convocatoria para proyectos de largometraje en desarrollo -de documental o ficción- que busquen oportunidades de coproducción, ventas o circulación internacional.

Una selección de proyectos será presentada de manera exclusiva y directa a destacados profesionales de la industria cinematográfica, productores, distribuidores y agentes de ventas internacionales, a efectos de contribuir a su desarrollo y realización.

El encuentro, cuyo objetivo es generar un diálogo constructivo y abrir posibilidades de coproducción, consistirá en la presentación de los proyectos ante los profesionales asistentes seguida de reuniones privadas, previamente agendadas a partir del interés y perfil de cada propuesta. Se llevará a cabo entre los días 25 y 27 de octubre de 2016 en una de las céntricas sedes del 14º FICM.

LINEAMIENTOS

Podrán participar proyectos mexicanos de largometraje de ficción y documental que aspiren a estreno en salas y que cuenten con:

  • Un director(a) mexicano(a) y una compañía productora mexicana asociada al proyecto.
  • Por lo menos una primera versión de guión.
  • Un tratamiento en español e inglés.
  • Una parte de la financiación.

El comité de organización valorará mejor los proyectos que cuenten con las siguientes características:

  • Proyectos que reflejen con fuerza la noción de autoría.
  • Proyectos que destaquen por la originalidad de su tema y tratamiento.
  • Propuestas que no hayan sido presentadas en ningún foro de coproducción o mercado de proyectos nacional anterior (pueden haber participado en talleres o laboratorios).

Las propuestas podrán inscribirse a partir de la publicación de esta convocatoria hasta el 22 de julio de 2016.

1. Es necesario rellenar correctamente el formulario de inscripción. Parte de esta información será utilizada para el catálogo de Impulso Morelia en caso de que el proyecto quede seleccionado.

2. Es importante tomar en cuenta que el proyecto debe contar con el siguiente material en español e inglés:

  • Nota del productor (2 pág. máximo)
  • Nota del director (2 pág. máximo)
  • Tratamiento (8-12 pág.)
  • Resumen de presupuesto.
  • Plan de financiación

3. La inscripción y participación no tienen costo. Además del traslado terreste DF-Morelia-DF en caso de requerirlo, el FICM ofrece a cada proyecto seleccionado tres noches de hospedaje en habitación doble (desayunos y comidas incluidas), así como dos acreditaciones, únicamente para el director y/o productor del proyecto.

4. Los productores de los proyectos seleccionados se comprometen a incluir en los créditos de la película, una vez finalizada, la mención correspondiente a esta sección y al FICM.

5. Los resultados sobre los proyectos seleccionados son inapelables y se darán a conocer en la página web del festival próximamente.

6. En caso de quedar seleccionado es imperativo que el proyecto sea presentado por su director y/o productor. Si no se confirmara la presencia de alguno de ellos, a más tardar el 30 de agosto de 2016, el festival se reserva la decisión de incluir el proyecto en el programa.

7. Los representantes de los proyectos que participen en este encuentro profesional deberán poder mantener una conversación en inglés.

Contacto: impulsomorelia@moreliafilmfest.com

Convocatoria para largometrajes mexicanos en postproducción

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El Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia (FICM) contribuye de manera constante a la proyección internacional del cine mexicano. Alentado por el éxito de la edición inicial de Impulso Morelia, el Festival lanza la segunda convocatoria para este nuevo espacio de diálogo entre cineastas mexicanos y profesionales de la escena cinematográfica mundial.

Un programa de largometrajes en estado de postproducción será presentado en funciones exclusivas a programadores de festivales nacionales e internacionales, productores, distribuidores y agentes de ventas, como oportunidad única destinada a facilitar una reflexión constructiva sobre las propuestas, su conclusión, promoción y circulación.

Cinépolis Distribución mantiene su compromiso de otorgar a uno de los largometrajes programados garantía de distribución nacional, cuyos términos se definirán de acuerdo a la película seleccionada. Adicionalmente, un incentivo en efectivo de $200,000 MN destinado a procesos y servicios de postproducción será adjudicado por el FICM a uno de los títulos participantes.

Las proyecciones se llevarán a cabo los días 25, 26 y 27 de octubre de 2016 en una de las céntricas sedes del 14º FICM.

LINEAMIENTOS

1. Podrán participar obras de realizadores mexicanos de largometraje -de ficción y documental- que cuenten con un corte de trabajo y no hayan participado en ningún festival o encuentro cinematográfico nacional previo.

2. La duración del corte no podrá ser menor a 70 minutos ni mayor a 130 minutos, salvo que la película tenga una duración estimada superior. No se aceptarán trabajos que hayan sido producidos sólo para televisión.

3. Las propuestas podrán inscribirse a partir de la publicación de esta convocatoria y hasta el 22 de julio de 2016.

4. Es necesario rellenar correctamente el formulario de inscripción. La información será utilizada para el catálogo de Impulso Morelia en caso de que la obra quede seleccionada.

5. Los largometrajes deberán enviar a través del formulario de inscripción la liga de su trabajo y el código de acceso restringido o descarga, y entregar o enviar por correo dos copias en DVD o­­­­­ Blu-ray correctamente rotuladas con el título de la película, nombre del director y duración. Si la película no está hablada o subtitulada en español, es necesario adjuntar lista de diálogos en español.

6. La inscripción y participación no tienen costo. Además del traslado terreste DF-Morelia-DF en caso de requerirlo, el FICM ofrece a cada título seleccionado tres noches de hospedaje en habitación doble (desayunos y comidas incluidas), así como dos acreditaciones, únicamente para el director y/o productor de la película.

7. En caso de quedar seleccionada es imperativo que la obra sea presentada por su director y/o productor. Si no se confirmara la presencia de alguno de ellos, el festival se reserva la decisión de incluir el proyecto en el programa.

8. Los productores de los proyectos seleccionados se comprometen a incluir en los créditos de la película, una vez finalizada, la mención correspondiente a esta sección y al FICM.

9. Los resultados de los títulos seleccionados son inapelables y se darán a conocer en la página web del Festival próximamente.

10. El formato de exhibición durante el 14º FICM será Blu-ray con subtítulos en inglés. En caso de ser seleccionado, será necesario entregar este Blu-ray junto con la misma versión en archivo .mov en las oficinas del FICM a más tardar el 7 de octubre de 2016.

Dirección para el envío de materiales:

Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia/Impulso Morelia
Orizaba 101, Interior 101
Colonia Roma Norte, CP 06700
Ciudad de México, D.F.

Horario de atención: Lunes a viernes de 10:30 a 14:30 horas.

** Los DVD o Blu-ray recibidos para preselección no se devolverán.

** Si envía su trabajo por mensajería, favor de declarar “Para proyección en festival de cine, sin valor comercial, con fines culturales únicamente”. El Festival no pagará los impuestos que pudiera generar este envío ni se hará responsable de daño o extravío de materiales durante su envío. Se sugiere utilizar servicios de mensajería y no correo postal normal, ya que la entrega a tiempo no es garantizable.

** Los trabajos enviados por mensajería o correo para preselección tendrán como fecha de entrega la que conste en la factura de remisión o en el matasellos de correo.

Contacto: impulsomorelia@moreliafilmfest.com

Previous Editions

2015

PROGRAM

Eight Mexican feature films in post-production were selected to participate in the first edition of Impulso Morelia.

  • Batallas íntimas, by Lucia Gajá (Caguama Producciones)
  • Casa Caracol, by Jean-Marc Rousseau (Cámara Carnal Films)
  • Desconsuelo (en dos movimientos),by Roberto Almeida (Arte 7)
  • El corazón del cielo, by Andrea Bussmann y Nicolás Pereda (Interior XIII and MDFF)
  • Minezota, by Carlos Enderle (Baremo Films)
  • Plaza de la Soledad, by Maya Goded (Mostro Films, La Sombra del Guayabo and Alebrije Producciones)
  • Tempestad, by Tatiana Huezo (Pimienta Films, Cactus Films and Terminal Films)
  • Zeus, de Miguel Calderón (FOPROCINE, Cinepantera, Cinema Máquina and EFD)

Following the presentation of the aforementioned works, the teams were able to establish a direct and constructive dialogue with leading professionals from the international film industry. The sessions were led by José María Riba.

WINNERS

The Impulso Morelia Jury was led by British writer and producer Lynda Myles and included Mauricio Durán, VP of Universal Pictures Latin America and Miguel Rivera, Director of Programming for Cinépolis. The Jury awarded the following prizes:

  • Minezota, by Carlos Enderle was awarded a total of $200,000 pesos in cash for pending postproduction processes.
  • Plaza de la Soledad, by Maya Goded was awarded guaranteed distribution in Mexico via Cinépolis Distribution, with a P&A investment of at least $250,000 pesos.

Impulso Morelia was instrumental in assisting with the international visibility of many of the selected titles. The following films have been screened at important international film festivals:

  • Plaza de la Soledad, by Maya Goded. Included in the World Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Tempestad, by Tatiana Huezo and El corazón del cielo (Tales of Two Who Dreamt) by Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda had their premieres in the Forum section of the 2016 Berlinale.

JURY

Lynda MylesAfter eight years as Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, she spent two years as Director and Curator of Film at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, and Berkley. On returning to the UK, she produced her first feature, Defence Of The Realm, for Enigma Films. She then joined Columbia Pictures as a Senior Vice-President, after which she was Commissioning Editor for Drama at the BBC. In 1990, she co-produced The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which won Best Film at BAFTA in 1991, plus 4 other BAFTA Awards and an Oscar Nomination for Editing. In 1992, she returned to independent production, producing The Snapper (winner of, inter alia, the Premio Goya and the Prix Italia) and The Van, both directed by Stephen Frears. The Van had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She also produced When Brendan Met Trudy, also written by Roddy Doyle and co-produced Killing Me Softly, directed by Chen Kaige. In the early 90s, she was co-founder and co-Executive Director of the East-West Producers’ Seminar, the first training programe for producers in Eastern Europe. With Michael Pye, she is the author of The Movie Brats, the first study of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, George Lucas and John Milius. She was the first Chair of Women in Film and Television in the UK. In 2004, she joined the National Film and Television School as Head of Fiction Direction and continues to work as an independent producer.

Mauricio Durán: He holds a degree in Communications from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Specialised in film distribution, Mauricio has released over 1,300 films in Mexico and has been a key part of the changes and the evolution of the film industry in the last decades. He has been involved in important facts that have marked the world of cinema such as the transformation of 35 mm to digital format, the devolpment of IMAX, the implementation of digital equipments and the impact of digital 3D. He has always been focused on procuring and supporting the production and distribution of local films in Mexico as well as in other countries, mainly in Latin America. He has worked for some of the main Hollywood studios such as Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Universal Pictures International where he currently develops as Senior Vicepresident of Distribution and Marketing in Latin America.

Miguel Rivera: Miguel Rivera is an Economist from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and has a Masters Degree in Public Politics from Harvard University. He has been Associate Consultant for McKinsey and Technical Secretary in the Secretary Cabinet of Human and Social Development. He was also First Secretary in the Mexican Local Office in the OCDE (2003–2004). It was in 2005 when he begins his relation with the film industry as Director of Strategic Planning in Cinépolis and after, from 2009 until today, as Director of Programming in the same company.

PARTICIPANTS

The first edition of Impulso Morelia gave various professionals the opportunity to discover a program of Mexican documentary and fiction feature films in post-production. Among those present were representatives from major international film festivals; highly experienced producers and directors; experts on Mexican cinema; representatives from important post-production companies; distributors. and highly-regarded film critics:

  • Alicia Morales, Executive Director of the Lima International Film Festival
  • Charles Tesson, Director of the International Critics’ Week
  • Christine Dávila, programmer at Sundance Film Festival and Ambulante
  • Christoph Terhteche, Director of the Forum section at the Berlinale
  • Daniel de la Vega, Blood Window TV and Habanero Films
  • Denis de la Roca, consultant at various international film festivals
  • Diana Bustamante, Director of the Cartegena de Indias Film Festival
  • Fernanda Solórzano, film critic
  • Filippo Brignone, Founder of ArteCareyes Film & Arts
  • Gary Meyer, from Eat Drink Films y collaborator at the Telluride Film Festival
  • Heather Haynes, Programmer at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival
  • Iván Trujillo, Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival
  • Jean Pierre García, collaborator at the Amiens Film Festival and expert on Mexican cinema.
  • Joe Beyer, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Sundance Institute
  • John Hopwell and Ana María de la Fuente, critics at Variety
  • José María Prado, Director of the Spanish Filmotheque
  • Kate Ogborn, UK Producer
  • Lejla Karisik, representative from the Sarajevo International Film Festival
  • Leonardo Cordero, from Cinépolis Distribution
  • Michael Fitzgerald, well-known US Producer
  • Mihai Chirilov, Critic and Artistic Director of the Transylvania Film Festival
  • Nadia Dresti, Artistic Direction Delegate and Head of Industry at the Locarno Film Festival
  • Nicolas Philibert, well-known French documentary filmmaker.
  • Pável Aguilar, representative from Labo Digital
  • Ruth Somalo, Associate Programmer at DOC NYC