In 2015, the Morelia International Film Festival began a collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival to carry out a training program focused on international sales, marketing, distribution, exhibition, curating and programming. The project was named the Locarno Industry Academy International in Morelia.

The initiative’s objective was to professionalize young people with an interest in developing their skills in the aforementioned areas. The Locarno Industry Academy International also aimed to provide a new generation of professionals with different perspectives on the film industry and its challenges, as well as an opportunity to connect with media professionals, and the chance to enjoy their experience at the film festival.

In 2015, aspiring young programmers and collaborators from a selection of Mexican distribution companies were invited to the workshop as a way in which to develop their training and help with their professional specialization. This year, FICM will renew its collaboration with the prestigious Swiss festival to organize a new edition of the Locarno Industry Academy International, in October 2016. The aim of this year’s workshop will be to contribute to the development of a new generation of film industry professionals, and to strengthen links with the independent film industry, both nationally and internationally.

FICM is one part of the Locarno Industry Academy International, a project that seeks to develop workshops all over the world, in countries like Brazil and the United States. The workshop to be held in Morelia this October, under the banner of the 14th Morelia International Film Festival, will offer a space for young people from Latin America, Europe and the United States. It will also offer Mexican professionals the opportunity to participate in other academies in Brazil (Cinema do Brazil’s BOUTIQUE event); Switzerland (at the Locarno Film Festival), or the United States (as part of the New Directors, New Films Festival in collaboration with the Film Society Lincoln Center). The workshop to be held in Morelia will include masterclasses and talks with special guests from the 14th edition of FICM. This training space is part of FICM’s ongoing commitment to contribute to professional development within the Mexican film industry.

Results of the Industry Academy International in Morelia 2016

After a successful first edition in 2015, the 2nd Industry Academy International in Mexico will take place during the 14th Morelia Film Festival from October 23rd to 28th. Now opened to non-Mexican participants from Latin American and abroad, the Academy will welcome 9 young professionals from very various background, working in exhibition, traditional and online distribution, and festival programming. The 5-day workshop will be designed and run by Sandra Gomez (Distributor and producer at INTERIOR XIII) and Marion Klotz (Industry Academy project manager).

The 2016 participants are:

  1. Paola Arriaga Guerrero (ND Mantarraya, México)
  2. Dolores Díaz-González García (La Casa del Cine, México)
  3. Rita Falcón (Kino Bureau, Argentina)
  4. David Herrera (Fahrenheit Distribución, Colombia)
  5. María Josefina Parra Acuña (FICBAQ, Colombia)
  6. Talía Pedraza Ávila (Artegios Distribución, México)
  7. María Fernanda Rio Armesilla (Sala Nueve, México)
  8. Luis Miguel Sánchez Cruz (Cinepolis Klic, México)
  9. Bruno Adrián Zárate Castillo (Cine Tonalá, México)

More details about the program and speakers will be announced soon.

The Industry Academy International in Morelia opens the call for entries


The Industry Academy International in Morelia is a new initiative organized by Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia in partnership with the Festival del film Locarno. This workshop aims at helping young industry professionals in sales, marketing, online and traditional distribution, exhibition and programming, to understand the challenges of the independent movie industry within the Latin American and the International scene.

Nurtured by the success of the pilot edition held in 2015 during the 13th edition of Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, the 2016 edition will offer a tailor made 5-day workshop to a selection of up to 10 participants from Mexico and abroad.

As a result of a long-standing relationship between Festival del film Locarno and its international partners, the Industry Academy International in Morelia signifies the ongoing dedication of engaging a new generation of key players in the independent film industry, helping them attaining a better understanding of the industry’s challenge and giving them the opportunity to broaden their networks of contacts, while also building bridges across different markets.

The organization of this workshop has been possible thanks to additional support from the Mexican Film Institute.

Call for entries reminds open until September 2nd:

Previous Editions


The first edition of the workshop took place as part of the 13th FICM, between October 24-28 2015. For the pilot edition, a selection of young professionals were invited to participate:

  • Abraham González Ruiz (ND Mantarraya)
  • Andrea Castex (Piano Distribución)
  • José Luis Mejía Razo (Cinépolis)
  • Juan Patricio Riveroll (Artegios Distribución)
  • Larissa Vega Gil (Filmin Latino)
  • Pedro Segura Bernal (La Ola)

The workshop’s program of activities included the generous contribution of important actors from the international film industry, who had been invited to the Morelia International Film Festival. The workshop was led by the Project Coordinator Marion Klotz, who concluded:

“This education & networking program was of great help for the development of the Mexican Independent cinema industry, notably in the field of distribution and exhibition, but also on a regional and international level.
Our ambitious wish with the Industry Academy is to help create a strong and efficient network of professionals within Latin America and beyond, so that distributors and exhibitors from the region can better collaborate, exchange and join forces to support and distribute quality independent films (both Latin American & international).  The distribution market for Latin American Independent films has a high development potential. We believe that it all starts with a young generation of cinema professionals and we believe that the human experience of the Industry Academy creates connections that have a high professional impact and value.”

It is important to note that the first of the international workshops run by Locarno, was the 2015 edition held at FICM, and that the project was enriched by the festival’s special guests. The festival has the advantage of being able to put high-profile directors and creative professionals together with young participants, while FICM’s profile allows for an ambitious and daring selection of content and guest speakers.

Feedback received from the workshops participants, which touched on the organization, programming and speakers, was very positive, and has encouraged the organizers to continue in their work to contribute to the training of young industry professionals.