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Besides Gibara, Santiago and Camagüey they will be Headquarters for the Cuban's International Festival of Poor Cinema
Around 400 films at the VI Gibara International Festival of Poor Cinema.

The International Festival of Poor Cinema will not ¨offer any diplomas. We offer technology, subsidies for the distribution, scholarships and cash prizes to the winning authors¨, said the Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solas, president of the Festival.

The famous director of Lucia said that the ¨main peculiarity¨ of the Festival, which is held in the city of Gibara, on the northeast of the Island, is to keep its multicultural status ¨because I think cinema is the warehouse of the rest of the arts¨.

¨Gibara has always been a place where the most innovative painting, musical, theatre and dancing expressions come together¨. As it is already traditional, around twenty artists have confirmed their participation in this years edition, mainly from the plastic and musical sectors. According to Solas, this turns the Festival into ¨an extra-cinematographic event, into a sort of laboratory of community culture, which is what fascinates me the most from the Festival¨.

The Festivals main requirements include that the competing films should have been made with a low budget. In the case of the new scripts and projects, they will only be accepted if their filming costs do not exceed the USD 300 000.

After considering the 845 audiovisual works presented at the Festival, they selected about ten materials that will form the institutional exhibitions. Of the 521 films in competition, 119 of them were distributed in the different sections of the Festival, including 11 feature films and 22 short films in the fiction category. The remaining films will compete within the official selection of filming projects and new scripts and in the official selection for documentaries, experimental works and video art.

Another new feature of this years edition will be the increase in the jurys sections, which will consist of 6 international juries, each of which will have two foreign members and one Cuban member.

The three official juries will give around 7 prizes, covering technology, services and production aid. As a new proposal, this edition includes the special prizes by the Jury of the School of America, from the University of Olavide, Seville, to the Best Short Fiction Film and the Best Documentary. Each winning filmmaker will get a scholarship that is worth 3 500 Euros.

As to the collateral juries, one of them will select the winner of the Telesur distribution award which is worth 5 000 dollars, while a second jury will give the VIVE TV distribution award to the best fiction film, also worth 5 000 dollars. Finally, a press jury will make a selection of the best fiction films.

The Festivals opening ceremony had different activities, including an artistic and festive parade, the exhibition of the Cuban film Personal Belongings from director Alejandro Brugués - which won the award for best filming project during the last edition of the Festival - and a concert by the famous Cuban singer Raúl Paz.

The Tribute Exhibitions of this new edition will be dedicated to the Cuban filmmaker Enrique Pineda Barnet, winner of the Cinema National Award, with the premiere of the documentary Song for Rachel, from Carlos Barba. As a posthumous tribute to the figure of the recently late Cuban filmmaker Octavio Cortazar, his masterpiece from 1967, For the first time. will be exhibited.

The Festival will also pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of BIFSFAC, the Benalmádena International Festival of Short Films and Alternative Cinema. The choreography Suite Yoruba, from dancing master Ramiro Guerra, will also be remembered through a documentary by Jose Massip.

The Parallel Exhibitions will show films from the Eighth Festival of the Indian Peoples, from the Center of Cinematographic Studies and from the Signes de Nuit Festival of Paris. It will also include Galician and Basque films, among others.

The theoretical sessions will begin with an Opening Lecture by Hervé Fisher. There will be a Forum-debate on dramaturgy, character design and narration in the alternative audiovisual world. Filmmakers and participants will also attend another forum on the current situation and the future perspectives of the alternative audiovisual world.

Ian Mathys (Swiss Effects), Helga Malavé (Telesur) and Jacques Loiseleux (cinematographic photography) will deliver special lectures dealing with their professional fields.


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