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Daniela Michel presented four 16th FICM short films at the 58th Cannes Critics’ Week

Daniela Michel, founder and general director of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), presented four Mexican short films that were part of the official selection of the 16th FICM during the 58th Critics’ Week in Cannes.

During the screening were also present Kate Phibbs, producer of The Girl With Two Heads (The girl with two heads), by Betzabé García —Ojo for Mexican Short Fiction Film of the 16th FICM—; Pablo Giles, director of The Thin Air—Renta Imagen Special Award of the 16th FICM—; Cris Gris, director of Saint Miguel, and Carlos Tapia, director of Satan.

Daniela Michel presentó cortometrajes del 16° FICM en la 58ª Semana de la Crítica de Cannes

Kate Phibbs, Pablo Giles, Cris Gris, Carlos Tapia and Daniela Michel | FOTO:  David del Río.

As every year, since 2005, the FICM has a special function out of competition in the Critics’ Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, where a selection of Mexican short films that participated in the festival competition is presented. The curatorship is carried out by Charles Tesson, Artistic Delegate of the Critics’ Week, who has been member of the FICM Jury twice, in the 8th and 15th editions.

Charles Tesson, Cris Gris, Pablo Giles, Daniela Michel, Carlos Tapia and Kate Phibbs | FOTO:  David del Río.

The solid alliance maintained by Critics ‘Week and FICM has provided the opportunity for just over 40 Mexican filmmakers to show their work at Cannes, as well as to present, year after year, a selection of films from the Critics’ Week in the FICM, with the presence of some of its directors or protagonists.

In an interview with Variety, Daniela Michel stated that ““It’s been almost 15 years of doing it this way. Throughout those years we’ve had around 40 young filmmakers who have come to Critics’ Week because of this wonderful agreement.”

Kate Phibbs, Pablo Giles, Cris Gris y Carlos Tapia.

The mission of the Critics’ Week is to discover and support emerging talents, programming only first and second works at the Cannes Film Festival. In this way, it has opened the doors to directors of the height of Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wong Kar Wai, Ken Loach, Barbet Schroeder and Guillermo del Toro, among many others.