He Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) Announces the titles selected to participate“Impulso Morelia 9”, a space that proposes a program of Mexican feature films in various stages of editing and post-production, with the aim of generating creative dialogue about proposals and giving them international visibility.
These feature films will be presented Exclusively for a panel of industry experts FICM has called the meeting with the aim of creating space for reflection on the selected projects. Additionally, various recognitions and supports will be provided to those who wish to contribute directly to the conclusion, promotion and visibility of the proposals.
The projects that make up the Impulso Morelia 9 program are:
Documentary, first film
Director Yovegami Escona Mora
Production: Monica Cruz Arcos, Yovegami Escona Mora
Production Company: Durmvela Audiovisual
Residents of a small village of fishermen and farmers in southern Mexico remember the battle to defend their territory 30 years ago. Now they are masters of the sea, their land and their time, feeling free fills them with pride. However, every year, with the arrival of rains, nature demands its place. A depiction of the tenacity and fragility of the human condition.
Ways to cross an area
Director Gabriela Dominguez Ruvalcaba
Production: Pia Quintana Enciso
Production companies: Bosquenegro, Estudio Erante
Do we belong to any place or is any place ours? A documentary filmmaker and a family of shepherds, the protagonists of this story, will weave the answers to this question into a documentary essay about identity, the transformation of a landscape, and filmmaking.
director santiago estinou
After spending 40 years wrongfully sentenced to death, Caesar has just been freed and needs to rebuild his life. He spent almost his entire life in the Polunsky Unit, a prison that keeps prisoners in complete isolation, deprived of any contact with other humans. Your arrival in Mexico is the beginning of a healing journey. Her new life leaves her struggling with her limitations, but she is determined to find true freedom.
Director Yolanda Cruz
Production: Yolanda Cruz, Isael Gutierrez, Christine Davila, Norma Santiago
Production Company: Patete Films
La Raya Chatino is a contemporary story about city life and the effects of migration on it. The main character is Sotera Santos (11), a girl who was sent from Alabama to La Raya, her parents’ hometown, to be cared for by her grandmother, because her parents, both immigrants, were divorced.
the dreams we share
Director Valentina Leduc Navarro
Production: Bertha Navarro, Alejandro Springall, Carolina Koppel, Eduardo Diaz Casanova
Production Company: Salamandra Producciones, SA de CV
500 years after the conquest of the Americas, communities of indigenous Maya people cross the Atlantic to interact with communities working to protect territory, waters, rivers and forests in Germany, Spain and Mexico. The journeys and encounters between these communities create a collective voice that shares the intention to protect life on the planet, despite the distances and particular forms of each of them.
Louis Riel or Le Ciel Touche la Terre / Louis Riel or The Sky Touches the Earth
Director Mattias Mayer
Production: Mattias Mayer
Production Company: Luke, Film
On August 1, 1885, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Métis leader Louis Riel (1844–1885) was unjustly sentenced to death by the Canadian Confederation for high treason. We accompanied him on his way to the cross, from the day of his conviction to the day of his execution, November 16, 1885.
your two died
Director Daniel Castro Zimbron
Production: Victor Lesegui, Arturo Martinelli, Luis Arenas, Pablo Zimbron
Production companies: Various Lobos, Billion Cinema, La Claqueta PC, Matroska Films, Maligno Gorehouse
Cipriano Zuzunaga (60) is a judicial police officer who has seen his best days pass and is experiencing a depression that keeps him wandering and troubled. When the estranged son of a famous congressman is kidnapped, Zuzunaga becomes the man in charge of a lone investigation, which ultimately brings him face to face with his own past.
International Panel of Experts
Morelia International Film Festival Impulso Morelia 9 constitutes an international panel of experts to analyze each proposal of the program with a demanding, respectful and creative spirit and to establish a useful dialogue for its authors.
The panel will be composed of:
Carlos Gutierrez, Curator and director of Cinema Tropical, a leading institution presenting Latin American cinema in the United States.
Cedric Susivalli, Giornate degli Autori, film critic and programmer for the Venice Film Festival and the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Claudia G. covarrubias, Producer and director committed to the production and dissemination of films with a social and gender perspective, and is currently the production and marketing director of Churubusco Azteca Studios.
John Cooper, Curator and programmer with extensive experience, Director Emeritus of the Sundance Film Festival, where he worked for three decades.
jose tamez, Producer and partner in Salma Hayek’s production company Ventanarosa, where she also serves as president.
Ralph McKay, Programmer for museums, archives and festivals since 1976 and programming advisor to the Rotterdam International Film Festival since 1996.
Thomas Rosso, Program Manager of Cannes Critics’ Week and Director of the Next Step Workshop.
Recognitions from Impulso Morelia 9
- Jose Maria Riba Award from Impulso Morelia 9, The prize, awarded by Cinepolis Distribution and ProFest 2023, consists of $250,000 pesos in cash ($150,000 contributed by Cinepolis Distribution and $100,000 by ProFest 2023) to cover post-production and/or promotion processes and services. The amount awarded by Cinepolis Distribution will be awarded to the winner no later than June 2024. The prize will be awarded to one of the selected proposals by an international panel of experts.
Churubusco Azteca Study THX provides $1,000,000 pesos of support in post-production and sound services to one of the participating proposals. A co-production or collaboration agreement will be signed with the production of the project, which will be valid for two years. Support does not include content, operator fees, or Dolby licenses. It will be awarded by a panel of international experts.
- Splendor Omnia Studio They offer a participating project of one week of sound mixing and one week of color correction in their facilities in Tepoztlan, Morelos with an estimated value of 312,000 pesos. The prize does not include technicians’ fees or accommodation expenses, which will be defined under a special rate plan at that time. It is valid for two years and will be provided by Splendor Omnia. It can be assigned solely to a single project, or color correction can be assigned to one proposal and sound mixing to another.
Digital portal of specialized information LatAm scene.com José María Riba provides the award-winning project with a promotional campaign that includes an advertising page in one of the magazine’s issues and advice on communication, with an estimated value of USD$1,500.
impulso morelia 9 will beWithin the framework of the 21st Morelia International Film Festival, on October 22, 23 and 24. Winners of the above recognition They will be announced at the conclusion of FICM.
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