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The first MORELIA SUNDANCE LAB ends with the presentation of Sueño en otro idioma

By: Gabriela Martínez @GabbMartivel

For the first time in its history, the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) held, from October 17 to 21, the MORELIA SUNDANCE Film Improvement Lab in partnership with the Sundance Institute. Filmmakers Betzabé García, Tatiana Huezo, Rigoberto Perezcano and David Zonana participated in it. As part of this activity, the film Sueño en otro idioma was screened by Mexican director Ernesto Contreras, who took advantage of his presence to thank Sundance, Morelia and Cinépolis for being a fundamental part of his career, since it was thanks to the laboratory that he perfected the script of this winner of the 2017 Sundance Public Award.

Alejandro Ramirez, festival chairman and board member of the Sundance Institute for two years, said that the biggest contribution of the Sundance Institute is its workshops for screenwriting, direction, production and music for cinema that take place all over the world. In addition, he recognized the work of Bertha Navarro, a Mexican producer, who for 25 years has collaborated with the Institute to give workshops in Mexico.

Alejandro Ramírez, Paul Federbush, Bertha Navarro.

Bertha Navarro, acknowledged the generosity of Sundance for organizing these workshops for new filmmakers around the world.

Paul Federbush, director of the International Program of the Sundance Institute, invited the filmmakers in attendance to apply and partake in one of the laboratories and programs that Sundance offers throughout the year, both in Mexico and in Utah, United States. Each program is different and not only focuses on feature films, there are laboratories and programs that focus on the development of episodes, virtual reality, new technologies for documentary narrative and indigenous cinema. In addition to Mexico and the United States, Sundance has laboratories in Cuba, India, Greece and Turkey.

Ernesto Contreras.

“During the LAB, you are there to do a deep exploration of your story and meet with writers who can help you tell the story you want to tell,” said Paul Federbush before inviting Ernesto Contreras to present his film to the public.

The first MORELIA SUNDANCE LAB was made possible with the valuable support of Televisa.