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Impulso Morelia 7



130 Millones De Zapatos

Fiction, First Film

Dir. Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser

Production: Gabriela Maldonado, Alejandro de Icaza

Production company: BHD Films

In a forgotten part of the Mexican mountains lives Tacho, a farmer who tends his sorry plot of land as life slips through his fingers. When he receives word of his daughter’s death, he travels to the city, a harsh world completely alien to him, so he can bring her body back home.


Benigno Cruz


Dir. Jorge Hernández Aldana

Production: Jorge Hernández Aldana, Rodolfo Cova, Cristina Velasco

Production company: Paloma Negra Films

Haunted by his violent past, Benigno is willing to sell the old family farm. Soon he discovers he needs consent from Mabel and Perucho, his children, with whom he hasn’t been in contact since the tragic death of Felicia, his wife and mother of his children. The potential buyer, an army Colonel named Corona, seeks to negotiate with Mabel and Perucho behind Benigno’s back, as they arrive to town to demand what belongs to them.


Cartas Desde El País De Los Tarahumaras


Dir. Federico Cecchetti

Production: Edher Campos

Production company: Machete Producciones 

The life of Rayenari changes when the poet Antonin Artaud arrives to his village seeking the spiritual knowledge of the Tarahumara. Rayenari introduces him to the Peyote ceremony. However, the poet abandons the ritual and loses his soul. Sometime later, Rayenari discovers through dreams that Artaud has been committed to a mental hospital. It will be through dreams that Rayenari will help his friend to recover what he lost.


Sanson And Me


Dir. Rodrigo Reyes

Production: Sun Kim, Rodrigo Reyes, Inti Cordera

Production company: Grumpy Squared, LLC

Over the course of seven years of sharing letters and visiting him, Sanson and me have collaborated on a script for a series of reenactments narrating his tragic life story, spanning his childhood as a poor orphan in Mexico to his struggles to survive as a teenager in rural California. Slowly, the film begins to grow into an expansive portrait of the systemic failures impacting Sanson’s life as well as our developing friendship.


Trazos Del Cielo

Documentary, First Film

Dir. Ligia Cortés Aguila

Production: Alejandra Cacho, Jennifer Skarbnik

Surrounding Tajin there are several schools for Papantla flyers attended by Dana, Said, Jairo and Sarahí, four children that show us the magic of this Totonaca dance. Through their imagination, they will take us on a journey through the legends that speak of how new generations can fly and save the region from drought. In order to fly, they must confront their fears, be disciplined and keep dreaming like other children.


Un Lugar Llamado Música

Documentary, First Film

Dir. Enrique M. Rizo

Production: Cathia Cuevas, Marion d’Ornano

Production company: Telegrama Audiovisual

The musical journey between Mexican Wixárika musician Daniel Medina and American composer Philip Glass.


Charles Tesson

Charles Tesson

Charles Tesson served as Artistic Director of the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week from 2012 to 2021. He was the President of the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde fund at the CNC-French Institute from 2016 to 2021. He published film criticism in the prestigious magazine Cahiers du cinéma (1979-2013) and was its editor from 1998 to 2003. He has also taught film, history, and aesthetics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 University. He has written numerous books and essays on cinema, including Satyajit Ray (1992), Luis Buñuel (1995), Él de Luis Buñuel (1996), Photogénie de la Série B (1997), Théâtre et cinéma (2007) y Akira Kurosawa (2008). He directed some special issues of Cahiers du cinéma, such as «Made in Hong Kong» (1984) with Olivier Assayas, and «Made in China» (1999) and co-directed the book L’Asie à Hollywood (2001).

Everardo González

Everardo González

Mexican filmmaker dedicated to the production, photography, and direction of documentary films. He is one of the most solid voices of the genre in Latin America. His work includes La canción del pulque (2003), Los ladrones viejos (2007), El cielo abierto (2011), Cuates de Australia (2011), El Paso (2015) y La libertad del diablo (2017), screened and awarded at festivals such as IDFA, Toulouse, Los Angeles, Locarno, Miami, Montreal, Sarajevo, Rotterdam, BAFICI, Mar del Plata, Guadalajara and Morelia, among others. He has participated in the photography department in films such as Backyard (El traspatio) by Carlos Carrera, and La jaula de oro by Diego Diezquemada, nominated for the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed the Netflix and Non-Fiction documentary short film A Three Minute Hug (2018). In 2019, he made Children from the Narcozone and his latest realization was Yermo (2020). Grantee of the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Jan Virjman Fund of the IDFA and the Tribeca Film Institute. He has received 11 Ariel Award nominations from the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, including Best Film and Best Director, of which he has received 8 statuettes. The International Documentary Association (IDA) chose his film Cuates de Australia  to be nominated for the Oscars for Best Documentary Feature in 2012. His work has been screened and broadcast in more than 40 countries. He is a founding partner of the documentary production and distribution company Artegios.

 Lucila Moctezuma

Lucila Moctezuma

She is the Program Manager at Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non-profit organization in New York, where she is in charge of the development and implementation of a variety of programs aimed at supporting women and non-binary filmmakers both in the production of their documentary film projects and their professional development in the industry. As an active member of the independent film community in NY, she was co-executive director of the UnionDocs Documentary Arts Center; Program Manager at Women Make Movies; director of the Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowships; and founder and coordinator of the Tribeca Film Institute's TFI Latin America Fund. She currently serves on the documentary selection committee of the Morelia International Film Festival and is a member of the executive board of Cine Qua Non-Lab, a residency for fiction filmmakers in Michoacán, Mexico. Previously she was Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Flaherty in NY and U.S. delegate for the Huesca Film Festival in Spain. As an associate producer, she collaborated in the documentary series The New Americans, produced by Kartemquin Films for PBS, and Shocking and Awful produced by Deep Dish TV, which was part of the Whitney Museum Biennial in NY in 2006. Lucila is originally from Mexico City and holds a degree in Philosophy from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. Lucila frequently participates in film forums, round tables, and international juries, and since 2021 she is a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the USA.

Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald

Producer born in New York, raised in Italy, and educated in Ireland. After graduating from Harvard University, he began his film career as a screenwriter in Rome. In 1979, he produced and co-wrote John Huston's celebrated film adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's novel Wise Blood. His second film with Huston, Under the Volcano, was nominated for two Oscars  (Best Actor, Albert Finney, and Best Soundtrack, Alex North).  He then produce The Penitent starring Raul Julia and Mister Johnson with Oscar-winning director Bruce Beresford, and Blue Danube Waltz, with world-renowned Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó.

The association with actor/director Sean Penn culminated in the critically acclaimed production of The Pledge, starring Jack Nicholson. In 2005 he produced Colour Me Kubrick, starring John Malkovich, about a con man who impersonates director Stanley Kubrick, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. The film won Best Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Best Screenplay (Guillermo Arriaga) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.

In 2008, he produced In the Electric Mist directed by Bertrand Tavernier. In September 2013, he produced Closer to the Moon written and directed by Nae Caranfil. The Homesman directed by Tommy Lee Jones and featuring Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, and Meryl Streep in the cast. It was part of the Cannes Film Festival competition in 2014. The feature documentary, Eco de la montaña, directed by Nicolás Echevarría, won three main awards at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. In 2019, he produced an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's book, Waiting for the Barbarians, directed by Ciro Guerra and starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, and Robert Pattinson. Michael Fitzgerald is a member of the governing board of the Telluride Film Festival, the advisory board of the Harvard Film Archive, and has served as a trustee of the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States. He has been a jury for several film festivals around the world, including Edinburgh, Mexico City, Morelia, Buenos Aires, Torino, Thessaloniki, Cluj, and Abu Dhabi. He was president of the jury at the Astana Film Festival in 2008.

Mónica Lozano

Mónica Lozano

Monica Lozano is a renowned Mexican producer with over 22 years of experience. She has produced and co-produced some of the most internationally recognized Mexican films in recent years. She is CEO of Alebrije Producciones, former President of the Asociación Mexicana de Productores Independientes (AMPI), and former President of the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC).

For over ten years, Lozano Serrano was part of the Altavista Films team, a prolific production company that ventured into the most diverse film genres and established distribution and co-production alliances in the Americas. In addition, she built ties in Europe to establish a distribution and participation network for films made in Mexico, a mission that Lozano has continued at Alebrije Cine y Video. As a complement to her work as a producer, she has distributed more than 200 titles acquired by Estudio México Films. Her entrepreneurial vision has led her to actively collaborate with the Mexican government to promote actions aimed at improving film production, distribution, and exhibition conditions in Mexico.

With more than 40 films, Monica Lozano has produced and co-produced some of the most internationally recognized Mexican films in recent years. Highlights include: Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000), En la mente del asesino: Aro Tolbukhin (Agustín Villaronga, 2003), Nicotina (Hugo Rodríguez, 2003), Voces Inocentes (Luis Mandoki, 2004), El Violín (Francisco Vargas, 2005), Colosio: El Asesinato (Carlos Bolado, 2012), the box office hit in Mexico and the United States No se aceptan devoluciones (Eugenio Derbez, 2013); El Jeremías (Anwar Safa, 2014); El Elegido (Antonio Chavarrías, 2015); ¿Qué culpa tiene el niño? (Gustavo Loza, 2016), Sueño en otro idioma (Ernesto Contreras, 2016), Polvo (José María Yazpik 2019) y Marioneta (Álvaro Curiel 2019), Danyka aka Mar de fondo (Michael Rowe, 2020) El diablo entre las piernas (Arturo Ripstein, 2021), Cosas Imposibles (Ernesto Contreras, 2021). 


The José María Riba Award bestowed by Cinépolis Distribución consists in a cash incentive of $150,000 MXN destined to post-production services and/or promotion. This incentive will be awarded by the international experts’ panel and will be delivered no later than June 2022.

Specialized information web portal LatAm offers to the winner of the José María Riba Award a promotional campaign, which includes one advertising page in one of the magazine’s numbers, with an approximate cost of USD$1,500.

Icunacury Acosta & Co. offers three months of accompaniment in public relations, with an approximate value of $75,000 MXN. This period will be established with the production team and must be previous to any distribution commitment deal.

José María Riba Award Winner: BENIGNO CRUZ, by Jorge Hernández Aldana

Estudios Churubusco will give an award of $800,000 MXN in post-production and TXH sound services to one of the projects. This support does not include materials, operators and Dolby license. It is valid for two years, starting from the date granted.

Winner: JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF THE TARAHUMARA, by Federico Cecchetti

The post-production studio Splendor Omnia will give an award consisting in one week of sound mix and another of color correction, with an approximated value of $243,000 MXN. This support does not include accommodation expenses nor technicians fees. It is valid for two years, starting from the date granted.

Winner: BENIGNO CRUZ, by Jorge Hernández Aldana