About FICG in LA

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FICG in LA is a window into the world of contemporary Mexican and Ibero-American cinema and it is an extension of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. This year′s FICG in LA will be back at the Hollywood′s historic Egyptian Theatre, right in the heart of the worldwide film and entertainment industry. The festival is designed for people to come and explore the diverse regional narratives of Mexican and Ibero-America cinema, and to help critically acclaimed films from these regions reach a wider audience. Los Angeles provides an essential backdrop for the showcase to take place because of its strong cultural ties to Latin American communities all across the globe.

The goal of the festival is to increase access and visibility of Mexican and Ibero-American cinema; facilitate the exchange of ideas through storytelling and socially relevant themes; create a bridge between film industries in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada; spark new collaborations among international filmmakers and strengthen the presence of Mexican and Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., as well as in other parts of the world.

In addition to film screenings followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers and talent, galas and special recognition awards to some key Latino and US Latino talent, FICG in LA is hosting again its industry initiatives this year.

Wanting to contribute to the completion of Latino and Ibero-American films, FICG in LA is hosting for the second time two work-in-progress competitions: Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles and DocuLab Los Angeles for filmmakers seeking postproduction funds. Fiction and documentary projects that are currently in postproduction, made by either Latino or Ibero-American directors living in North America (USA or Canada), or by American and Canadian directors who have a film with Latino or Latin American content will be chosen to screen for a jury, sponsors and film industry professionals. Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles 2 and DocuLab.2 Los Angeles will take place on August 27 and 28, 2015.

In addition, the winning projects in each competition will automatically qualify to be considered for Guadalajara Construye 10 or DocuLab.8 Guadalajara, or for the Ibero-American Competitions of the next edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG31) – March, 2016.

To reaffirm the social mission of FICG and the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA, FICG in LA will donate again all of its proceeds to a charitable cause. Past recipients have been the Mexican Red Cross, Covenant House California and Digital Dove. We will announce soon the recipient of this year's fundraising effort. 

The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles - FICG in LA -is presented by the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA and CONACULTA, with Principal Sponsors the University of Guadalajara, the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Institute of Cinema Mexico (IMCINE).

2015 FICG in LA poster designed by Yazz Casillas.

In 1991  Yazz Casillas starts her career as a caricaturist in the Siglo 21 newspaper from Guadalajara. He has worked as a animation director and illustrator for publicity campaigns for more than 15 years.

As a director he has created more than 80 animated capsules for Mexican national television. Since 2015, Yazz Casillas has participated as a animation juror at the Guanajuato International Film Festival. 

He is also founder and coauthor of the book collection “El Libro Monero”, publish by the University of Guadalajara.

He has been the winner of the national competition for the image of the Guadalajara International Film Festival 3 years, in 2008, 2011 and 2016.