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The coastal town of Gibara, Holguin will host the Eighth International Low-Budget Film Festival, a cultural event that every year gathers filmmakers from around the world committed to defending more humane and aesthetic films made with modest resources.

The festival will be held April 19 to 25 with a parade through the main streets of the city, which will conclude in front of the “Jiba” movie theater, the traditional venue that hosts the opening and closing galas.

Some 70 films will compete in this year’s festival, including feature films and shorts, video art, documentaries, demo projects and unpublished screenplays, from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany and Cuba. The event also includes a parallel exhibition and screening of films classified in other international competitions twinned with Gibara.

During the festival, several Culture Centres in Gibara will host forums for debates on current issues related to film production.

Cuban writers Reynaldo Gonzalez and Rafael Grillo, Argentine composer Osvaldo Montes, French actor François Dunoyer and Egyptian filmmaker Basel Ramsis form the jury that will grant the prizes in the different categories.

Theatre, painting, dance and literature will also have a space during the No-budget – low-budget Film Festival in Gibara including art exhibitions by renowned Cuban artists, the Objetivo Fishara photo exhibition.

During the preceding seven years, the No-budget – low-budget Film Festival has established itself as an autonomous cultural and community forum. It has developed a welcomed space for encounter, reflection and has laid the foundation for a network of independent filmmakers and small events with the objective of creating joint projects in the alternative field.


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