Introduction

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. The third edition of Impulso Morelia will take place from October 23 to 25, as part of the 15th FICM.

Each year, Impulso Morelia selects feature films (documentary and fiction) that are in the stages of postproduction to be presented, by members of the crew, in closed screenings to experts of the industry. Programmers of national and international film festivals, critics, producers, distributors, and sales agents participate in this unique opportunity for direct and constructive dialogue about the chosen projects. Additionally, each edition of Impulso Morelia grants different awards and financial supports destined to contribute to the conclusion, promotion and circulation of the projects.

The Impulso Morelia 2017 call for entries is closed.

Contact: impulsomorelia@moreliafilmfest.com

Impulso Morelia 2017 Selection

The films selected to participate in Impulso Morelia 2017 are:

Ayotzinapa, el paso de la tortuga / Ayotzinapa
Dir. Enrique García Meza
Production company: Salamandra Producciones

El paraíso de la serpiente / Serpent’s paradise
Dir. Bernardo Arellano
Production company: Biznaga Films, La Maroma Producciones, Bibifilm Italia, La Provincia Cine

Feral
Dir. Andrés Kaiser
Production company: Cine Feral

La negrada
Dir. Jorge Pérez Solano
Production company: Tirisia Cine

Xquipi’ Guie’dani (El ombligo de Guie’dani) / Guie’dani’s navel
Dir. Xavi Sala
Production company: Xavi Sala p.c.

The films in the post-production stage will be screened by their respective teams, exclusively, for national and international festival programmers, producers, distributors and sales agents, as a unique opportunity aimed at shared reflection and the conclusion, promotion and circulation of the proposals. The third edition of Impulso Morelia will take place from October 23 to 25, as part of the 15th FICM.

Impulso Morelia 2017 Recognitions

The recognitions that will be granted in Impulso Morelia 2017 are the following:

  • FICM grants $200,000 MXN pesos in cash for post-production processes and services of a participating film.
  • Cinépolis Distribución guarantees one of the post-production titles national distribution, with an investment in P&A of at least $250,000 MXN pesos.
  • Estudios Churubusco Azteca provides support of $200,000 MXN pesos in post-production and THX sound services.
  • Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) grants the “Next” award (sponsored by Canacine). It consists of $10,000 USD for one of the films in post-production stage, plus a year of tutoring by TFI for the development of the next project of the producer of one of the films presented. The winning project can be a fiction or documentary feature.

Impulso Morelia 2017 Jury

The international jury who will grant Impulso Morelia 2017 award will be comprised by:

Rasha Salti

Independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living in Beirut, Lebanon. She began her career working at the Théâtre de Beyrouth, a multi-disciplinary performance and exhibition space in Beirut (1992-1995). She co-curated several film programs, such as “The Road to Damascus”, with Richard Peña, a retrospective of Syrian cinema that toured worldwide (2006-2008); “The Calm Before the Storm, a Retrospective of Lebanese Cinema”, also with Richard Peña and presented at Lincoln Center (2009); and “Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now”, with Jytte Jensen (2010-2012), showcased at the MoMA in New York. Salti has collaborated with different festivals as a programmer, including the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (2009-2010), and the Toronto International Film Festival (2011-2015). She has also curated film programs for the Musée Jeu de Paume (2012, 2013 and 2015) in Paris and the Tate Modern in London (2011). At present she is the commissioning editor for La Lucarne, the experimental documentary program for Arté France.

Richard Peña

Richard Peña was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 until 2012. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami,  King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldón, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fei Mu, Jean Eustache, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, Taiwanese and Argentine cinema. Together with Unifrance, he created in 1995 “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,” the leading American showcase for new French cinema. A frequent lecturer on film internationally, he is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. In 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard University, and in June, 2016, gave a seminar on Cuban cinema at Beijing University. He also currently hosts WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.

Edouard Waintrop

Born in France into a family of film lovers, he was still a child when he discovered his lifelong passion. His adolescence was marked by his efforts to avoid math classes and go to the movies more often, especially to see old films by the likes of Howard Hawks, John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. After pursuing higher studies in economics and law, neither of any relevance to his future, he returned to his first love as the manager of a small movie theater in the Paris suburbs. He then went on to spend 26 years as a film critic for the important Paris-based newspaper Liberation. In 2007 he became the director of Switzerland’s Fribourg Film Festival, dedicated to films from underrepresented countries. In 2011, the SRF (Société des Réalisateurs de Films, the union of French filmmakers) elected him as director of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.