Kickstarter and Guanajuato International Film Festival to Feature 12 Student-Led Film Projects in Mexico

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For the fourth year in a row, Kickstarter is teaming up with Guanajuato International Film Festival to support emerging Mexican filmmakers through workshops, training, and Kickstarter campaigns.

Since 2017, Kickstarter has partnered with the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) to support teams of emerging filmmakers at universities across Mexico. This year’s 12 film projects, selected by GIFF, are all currently running projects on Kickstarter to complete short narrative and documentary films that will premiere at the festival in July.

GIFF is the only film festival in Mexico to offer an educational program for students. Each year, students from universities across the country are chosen to take part in workshops and training to help bring their film projects to life.

The program is divided into two initiatives: Rally Universitario (University Rally), which challenges students to produce a narrative short in just 48 hours, and Identidad y Pertenencia (Identity and Belonging), which features six documentary shorts that explore the regional identity and contemporary challenges of life in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Kickstarter-funded films that premiered at GIFF in past years have gone on to be selected in more than 20 national and international festivals, reaching countries such as Tunisia, the UK, Italy, India, Russia, Ireland, Belgium, the United States, among others.

Learn more about these 12 incredible projects premiering at GIFF this summer, and help them come to life by backing them.

Rally universitario: Narrative Shorts

Ana juega a las escondidas, by Daniela Márquez García

Ana juega a las escondidas begins with this famous children's game (hide and seek) to illustrate the fears we all face but that we usually hide or dispel. This group of students from Universidad Iberoamericana Torreón start their film career with this fiction short film.

Ana Juega A Las Escondidas
Ana Juega A Las Escondidas

Eres una estrella, by Daniel Acosta

Students of Universidad Autónoma of Baja California, Mexico present their first fiction short film; the journey of a star down from the sky to illuminate and guide others.

Eres Una Estrella
Eres Una Estrella

Muerte en Guanajuato, by Ernesto Pérez Medina 

Muerte en Guanajuato is a dark comedy about two friends who discover a dead body at home, and decide to take care of the body themselves.

Muerte En Guanajuato
Muerte En Guanajuato

¡Remedios!, by Vanessa Castellanos 

With the protagonist of this short film, the team of filmmakers seeks to illustrate the lack of communication between a mother and a 16-year-old girl in full sexual awakening, to denounce the lack of confidence and security that can be present when talking about sexuality during adolescence.

Remedios!
Remedios!

Los incomprendidos, by Gonzalo de la Torre Amaya 

Los incomprendidos is a fiction comedy about the life of unknown artists trying to live from their art, until one of them makes a decision that will change his and his friend’s career forever.

Los Incomprendidos
Los Incomprendidos

Renata, by Jossué Roman

The students behind this short film will deal with the issue of depression: how one manages to heal. They will tell this story through Renata, a young woman suffering from this illness.

Renata
Renata

Identidad y Pertenencia: Documentary Shorts

El Torito, by Roberto Salazar 

In Silao, Guanajuato, the traditional dance, Danza del Torito, is manifested in a special way, this documentary tells the story of Ricardo Anguiano (La Gata) and Margarito Rodriguez (La Cacahuata), two protagonists of this dance.

El Torito
El Torito

Toda la vida, by Orlando Terrones 

Students from the University of LaSalle Bajío investigate fans of the local soccer team of León, Guanajuato and how this passion impacts the community and their lifestyles.

Toda La Vida
Toda La Vida

Memoria sumergida, by Juan Salvador Ybarra Quintero 

In 1949, the entire town of Chupicuaro was forced to evacuate due to the construction of the Solís dam. Through the memory of three of its inhabitants, the team behind Memoria Sumergida looks into how this town was able to move its culture and identity to a new territory.

Memoria Sumergida
Memoria Sumergida

Esperanza, by José María Melchor Rangel 

Esperanza is the name of a cardboard doll given by the family's grandmother. Through this family’s feminine lineage, the team behind this documentary seeks to value and recognize the cardboard trade of the Comunidad de Tenería del Santuario, in the municipality of Celaya, Guanajuato.

Esperanza
Esperanza

Metamorfosis, by Maricela Abigail Ayala Valadez 

Metamorphosis tells the life story of Rubén Escalante, a 63-year-old man from the city of Ocampo, Guanajuato. The documentary short explores the process of transformation and everyday life through Rubén's history and his work as a baker.

Metamorfosis
Metamorfosis

¡Hasta la madre!, by Uriel Alejandro Pérez Tinoco 

The city of Celaya, Guanajuato, has experienced high levels of insecurity in recent years. Through "¡Hasta la madre!", students of nursing and marketing at the University of Guanajuato want to denounce the violence experienced and demand more security in the region.

¡Hasta la madre!
¡Hasta la madre!

Explore all past and present GIFF projects on Kickstarter.

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