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.

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.

Impulso Morelia 4 Selection

In 2018, the projects selected to participate in Impulso Morelia 4 were:

Ánimo juventud

Dir. Carlos Armella | Production company: B Positivo Producciones | Fiction

Four young men try to find themselves in a world of adults — love, crime, acceptance and isolation are some of the monsters they face.


Dir. Gian Cassini | Production Company: Imagyx Entertainment | Documentary

A man is reunited with his family and the ghost of his father, a hired assassin years ago, after the disappearance of his brother.

El guardián de la memoria

Dir. Marcela Arteaga | Production Company: Gefilte Films | Documentary

The story of Carlos Spector, a Texas immigration attorney who dedicates his work to fighting for the political asylum of Mexicans fleeing violence and oblivion.

Esto no es Berlín

Dir. Hari Sama | Production Company: Catatonia Cine | Fiction

A misfit teenager finds himself in the eighties nightlife, punk, sex and drug universe of Mexico City.

La Mami

Dir. Laura Herrero Garvín | Production Company: Cacerola Films | Documentary

The life of a cabaret in Mexico City is embodied in the character of “La Mami”, the woman who takes care of the local toilets and the women who work there every night.


Dir. Joshua Gil | Production Company: Parábola Cine | Fiction

In a town plagued by drug violence, a boy has lost his mother; Her grandmother has told her that she could return from death if she asks for a miracle.

Sobre la estabilidad de los 3 cuerpos

Dir. Carlos Lenin Treviño Rodríguez | Production Company: UNAM-CUEC & IMCINE-FOPROCINE | Fiction

A couple whose love has been diluted inhabits a world of nostalgia and an abandoned industrial neighborhood.


  • Esto no es Berlín, by Hari Sama, obtained a Special Mention of Impulse Morelia and the Cinépolis Distribución Award, which consists of a guarantee of national distribution, with an investment in P&A of at least $ 250,000 pesos. The terms will be defined in common agreement with the selected film.
  • La Mami, by Laura Herrero Garvín, won the Morelia / Ambulante Impulse Award for Documentary Feature Film, which consists of a support of $ 50,000 pesos destined to complete the post-production of a documentary feature film. The winning film will have a special screening in a future edition of the Ambulante Documentary Tour.
  • El guardián de la memoria, by Marcela Arteaga, obtained the Special Prize for Churubusco Studies, which consists of up to $ 200,000 pesos in post-production services. Support does not include materials, operators and Dolby.
  • Santuario, by Joshua Gil, won the Splendor Omnia Studios Award, which consists of a week of sound mixing and one more color correction at his studios in Tepoztlán.
  • Comala, by Gian Cassini won the Impulso Morelia Award, which consists of a diploma and $ 200,000 pesos for post-production processes and services awarded by FICM.


The international jury that will award the FICM award will be composed of Nicolas Philibert (France), Josué Méndez (Peru) and Mirsad Purivatra (Bosnia-Herzegovina).

Nicolas Philibert

Filmmaker, screenwriter, editor and director of photography, he is one of the most recognized documentary makers on an international scale. He studied philosophy and began his career as an assistant to René Allio and Alain Tanner. In 1978 he filmed his first feature film with Gérard Mordillat, La voix de son maître. Since then, through more than fifteen titles, his work has become an essential point of reference within the documentary genre. The films La Ville Louvre, Le pays des sourds, La moindre des choses, the renowned and successful Être et avoir, Nénette and La Maison de la Radio stand out. De chaque instant, his most recent work, will be screened in this edition of the FICM.

Nicolas Philibert

Josué Méndez

He has written and directed Días de Santiago (2004), the most awarded Peruvian film in history, and Dioses (2008), developed at the Cinefondation of the Cannes Festival and released in competition at the Locarno Festival. He has also worked in the production of Paradise, The Bad Intentions, Oliver’s Deal and Icaros: A Vision. In Peru he has directed television, advertising and theater. He has been a co-showrunner, co-producer and co-writer of the El Chapo series and is currently a co-writer of the Red Ink series. At the same time, he develops his third feature film as director: Ronnie Monroy loves them all. He is artistic director of the Lima Film Festival and a member of Rolex Arts.

Mirsad Purivatra

Founder and director of the Sarajevo Festival. As director of the Obala Art Centar, he produced and supervised numerous theatrical productions in the late 1980s. In 1995, Obala created the Sarajevo Film Festival, which has become one of the most influential in Europe and a leader in south-eastern Europe. Mirsad has been the director of the Soros Open Society Fund of Bosnia and Herzegovina, director of Radiotelevision of Bosnia and Herzegovina and general manager of the subsidiary of the marketing agency McCann Erickson in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a producer, he has participated in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2011 Cannes Jury Prize); Sieranevada, directed by Cristi Puiu (in competition at Cannes 2016) and The Wild Pear Tree, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (in competition at Cannes 2018). Mirsad has received numerous national and international awards, including the Order of Arts and Letters of France.