FICG in LA is a window into the world of contemporary Mexican and Ibero-American cinema and it is an extension of the Guadalajara Film Festival. This year′s FICG in LA will take place in the historic TCL Chinese Theaters, 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 its work-in-progress competition: WIP Latino 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. WIP Latino will take place on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017.
In addition, the winning projects in each competition will automatically qualify to be considered for Guadalajara Construye 12 or DocuLab 2018 Guadalajara, or for the Ibero-American Competitions of the next edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival.
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).
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The Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) is considered one of the most important showcases for the appreciation, promotion and distribution of Mexican and Ibero- American cinema. FICG has taken place annually in the city of Guadalajara - the capital city of Jalisco, Mexico - since 1986, where it was originally started by a group of students from the University of Guadalajara. Since then, it has grown to become the largest film showcase in all of Latin America. In its most recent edition, FICG showcased 281 films representing over 45 countries from around the world and hosting more than 142,000 festival attendees.
Directed by Biol. Iván Trujillo Bolio since 2011, the festival maintains a strong commitment to educating filmmakers from across the globe. It supports two programs that focus on training emerging filmmakers: the Talent Campus Guadalajara (TCG) and Guadalajara Doculab. FICG is also strongly committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable social groups across Latin America. Each year the festival creates a program of premiere galas through which it collects the box office revenues and donates entirely to philanthropic organizations.
The festival was created to draw people from all over the world to see and appreciate the films of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Filmmakers, actors and producers accompany the premiere of their films to engage with audiences in each of the programs. Thousands every year gather to experience the region′s thriving film culture. The festival plans to continue its commitment to film education and social causes. Key sponsors of FICG are the University of Guadalajara, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), the State Government of Jalisco and the cities of Guadalajara and Zapopan.
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The University of Guadalajara Foundation in the United States of America (UDG Foundation - USA) is an extension of Fundación Universidad de Guadalajara, A.C., and is made up of a number of prominent academic and social leaders. The Foundation works to attain private support from individuals, foundations and/or corporations in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the University of Guadalajara at Los Angeles.
The donations that the Foundation receives from one of the most important philanthropic regions in the United States go towards the relevant and high-quality academic and cultural activities of the University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles. Behind each donation is an organization or individual who is determined to help Mexicans and other Latinos living in this region improve their quality of life and enhance their cultural identity. This kind of support will have positive effects both on their communities of origin and the ones in which they are now living.
In keeping with its mission, the University of Guadalajara extends its educational services to the Los Angeles and California region. This initiative offers technical, continuing, high school and university-level educational services, as well as cultural and artistic programs to the Mexican and Hispanic communities living in and around Los Angeles. This initiative also creates new pathways to personal growth and strengthens the sense of identity and belonging of this population and thus facilitates their integration into the broader society. It is a bridge of academic and cultural collaboration between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Los Angeles, California.
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The University of Guadalajara is a vigorous community heir to an educational tradition that spans over two centuries. The University is located in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara and in eight other regions of Jalisco. There are over 265,000 students who come to its campuses each day to study inside the University′s 422 vocational, high school, undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The University of Guadalajara is a leader in the field of human resources as well as in the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge, supporting and developing the state of Jalisco. The cultural life and artistic wealth of the western region of Mexico could not be accounted for without the pioneering efforts and unique contributions of the University of Guadalajara.
The University of Guadalajara is committed to the betterment of society through higher education. It supports scientific and technological research that makes important contributions to a sustainable and inclusive society, respecting cultural diversity and honoring the principles of social justice, democracy, coexistence, and prosperity for all. The University of Guadalajara is an inclusive and dynamic University Network, renowned in Mexico and abroad as a leader in the transformation of society through innovative means of social development and dissemination of knowledge.
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