Frequently asked questions

What is FICM?

The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) was founded in 2003 as a way of promoting new trends in Mexican cinema, with the city of Morelia as its main venue. The FICM’s mission is to promote new talents in Mexican cinema, to increase the offer of quality cinema and to contribute to the cultural and touristic activities in the state of Michoacán.

Who can participate in FICM’s sections in competition?

Only works directed by Mexican citizens or legal residents in Mexico are eligible to participate. Works that have been submitted in previous editions of FICM, filmed for commercial purposes, shown previously on television, exhibited commercially, distributed on DVD or free on the Internet will not be accepted. Films that have been distributed on the Internet using a restricted password for registered users are eligible.

What is Impulso Morelia?

The Impulso Morelia Section of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) presents an exclusive program of Mexican feature films in post production with the objective of offering international visibility to these projects and creating a space for the exchange of ideas between Mexican filmmakers and professionals of the global film industry.

What does the Online Mexican Short Film Selection consist of?

All the films registered in the Mexican Short Film section (with a maximum duration of 40 minutes) can be considered for the Online Mexican Short Film Selection if the director authorizes it at the moment of submitting his or her work to the festival. The films that are part of this selection can be seen online during the week of the festival. The winning short film will receive the Online Award for Short Film.

What kind of films are shown at the festival?

The sections in competition – Michoacán Section, Mexican Short Film, Mexican Documentary and Mexican Feature Film – make up the essence of the festival, which has become one of the most important forums to promote new talent in Mexican cinema. The program is complemented with a selection of Mexican and international premieres, retrospectives, films from the Cannes Festival Critics’ Week, conferences, outdoor screenings and events in different venues around Morelia.

What kind of tickets are available and how do I get them?

Anyone can buy tickets for screenings during the festival, at the Cinépolis Centro and Cinépolis Las Américas box offices and online. Cinebonos (tickets for four traditional screenings) will also be available. Tickets will be for sale on a closer date to the festival.

How can I attend the festival?

Anyone can attend the festival. Those who do not have an accreditation can attend the screenings by buying a ticket, available at the box office or online.

In general, the conferences, round tables and exhibits described in the catalog are free and do not require a ticket. However, space is limited, so it is suggested that you arrive early because seats are on a first-come basis.

There are also events that are not directly organized by the festival, therefore no access is available through the FICM. The inauguration and closing ceremony of the festival are events that you can attend by invitation only.

Can anyone receive an accreditation?

No. Accreditations are granted only to those who participate actively in the program and festival events. Accreditations are not for sale. There are two categories for accreditation:

Invited guest: Accreditations for invited guests are given directly by the festival to those who have been selected for competition, members of the film community who have been explicitly invited by the festival, sponsors and special guests.

Press: Press accreditations for the 16th FICM will be granted the following ways: By invitation, according to the work done in previous editions of the festival, or by evaluation to the members of the media that wish to cover the festival for the first time.

What is The Best of FICM in Mexico City?

In order to bring the FICM to the audience outside Michoacán, once the activities in Morelia are finished the festival presents the winning short films, documentaries and feature films at different Mexico City venues. The festival also includes a careful selection of films shown outside of competition.

What is FICM Presents?

FICM Presents consists of a series of screenings throughout the year. The goal of the project is to continuously promote cinematographic culture and to consolidate the creation of an audience eager for new proposals. FICM Presents is divided in three regions: Michoacán, National and International. You can check out the venues and screening times here.