The city of Morelia is a jewel of colonial architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with churches and palaces from the 16th-19th centuries and surrounded by rustic rural villages famed for their artisanal crafts. The local cuisine is beyond compare. For centuries, Morelia has been a seat of culture and higher education, and the local audience has shown a great passion for Mexican and world film culture. This makes for a feeling of great excitement during the week of the festival. And, since most venues are within 10 minutes walking distance, the festival is also extremely navigable.
Some assistants to the festival prefer to stay in the beautiful town of Pátzcuaro, just 40 minutes away from Morelia on the highway. Located near a volcanic lake, 2,130 meters above sea level, Pátzcuaro is “an exquisite colonial jewel, relatively silent and full of peace with a rich indigenous heritage”, wrote David Kirby of The New York Times. During the festival, there are daily special screenings at the Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin, built in 1936.
The 16th FICM’s program has not been announced. We recommend you subscribe to our Newsletter and follow the activities of the festival on Facebook (moreliafilmfest), Twitter (@FICM) and Google+ (+FICM) to receive the latest news about our program. In closer dates to the festival, you can consult the FICM’s catalogue and hand program, for sale at our Morelia offices and at the box office. They will also be available for free online consultation and downloads.
Tickets for screenings at Cinépolis may be purchased at the box office or online. You can also purchase cinebonos, which are packages of four traditional tickets or two VIP tickets. Tickets may be bought on a date closer to the festival.
Films will be screened at the Cinépolis Morelia Centro movie theater, the festival’s main venue, as well as Cinépolis Las Américas, located a short cab ride from downtown. We recommend that you buy tickets for particular screenings in advance because space is limited and tickets sell out quickly. Screenings normally begin on schedule, without trailers or advertisements, so it is best to arrive at least 20 minutes before showtime. Some screenings are followed by Question-and-Answer sessions with the filmmakers.
The events at Casa Natal Morelos, Aula Mater de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and Plaza Benito Juárez are free and open to the public. An extension of the festival also takes place in Pátzcuaro at the Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin .
All conferences, round tables, and exhibits are free, with no ticket required. Access to social events, cocktails and parties is by invitation only. Morelia also has a vibrant nightlife and offers a number of entertainment options during the week of the festival.
In general, films can be understood by both Spanish and English-speaking audiences, unless otherwise specified in the program. Notices may be posted on the website or box office about films that arrive unexpectedly without subtitles. The festival’s catalogue, program, and website are all bilingual.