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The Festival emerged out of the need to make films with reduced budgets and aims to encourage national and regional productions, said its president, filmmaker Humberto Solas.

Low-budget filmmakers learn from the frequent and well done new efforts sometimes called independent cinema, amateur cinema or marginal cinema, noted Solas.

The Gibara Festival, which increases in participants each year, will open with a parade organized by the local population. The sleepy coastal village, known for its white painted houses, is transformed for a week by the yearly event.

The French film Suzanne will be screened during the opening ceremony in the presence of its director Vivianne Candas, who won a special mention for her film Las Bañistas at the first edition of the festival in 2003.

Suzanne and ten other movies will compete in the full-length films category (for fiction). The Grand Prize consists of technical equipment and support for film distribution.

The opening ceremony will be attended by renowned French photography director Jacques Loiseleux -who won a prize in the last edition for the Portuguese film Mujer Policia and several other competing directors and guests.

More than 600 films applied to enter the Festival and were subject to a rigorous selection process. Thirty-five works will compete in the fiction category, including short and feature length films. Among those are La pared by Alejandro Gil, and Mañana by Alejandro Moya.

In addition, San Ernesto nace en la Higuera by Isabel Santos and Rafael Solis, and Monteros by Alejandro Garcia, are part of the 34 competing documentaries.

The experimental work and video art category includes 17 works, among them: Imposibilidad by Argentinean Marcelo Obregon, and En memoria by Colombian Ivonne Navas.

Fifty scripts and film "maqueta" projects will compete in a category sponsored by the Fondo de Fomento al Audiovisual Centroamericano ("Fund for promoting Central American audiovisuals.")

The parallel showing, which includes all genres, will exhibit 48 films including last years Swiss Effects Grand Prize Winner A cada lado by Argentinean director Hugo Grosso.

The 2007 Low-Budget Film Festival will pay tribute to Cuban actors Mario Limonta, Enrique Molina and Manuel Porto.

Source: By Cecilia Crespo, Granma

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