By Lina Rey (@linamrm)
History tells us that making movies in Colombia has not been easy. Many of the companies that tried to make films during the XX century ended up in bankruptcy and did not get to do many full length films or shorts, making it hard for Colombia to have an international recognition.
Things have slowly changed and events like Cartagena Film Festival and Loop have helped the Colombian film industry to move forward. Also, government initiatives like ‘Ley de Cine’ encourage private entities to invest and make donations to filmmakers. This law has allowed Colombian movies to go to renowned film festivals around the world and get awards.
Cartagena Film Festival takes place every year at the end of February. It was founded in 1960 and it is the oldest film festival in Latin America. According to 2007 data more than 150 works are shown in each festival. In its 2011 edition (51st), the festival has Mexico as guest country featuring shorts and movies from prestigious Mexican filmmakers. This year’s opening ceremony counted with more than 1800 people commemorating the existence of the festival for more than 50 years.
The festival features a competition called ‘Colombia al 100%’ where the latest Colombian productions are launched nationally and internationally. This year there are 10 movies in this category including an animated full-length film.
Loop is a festival for animation and video games in Latin America. It takes place in Bogota and it started on 2003. Since then, it has had four editions bringing together national and international experts. Besides showing their work, there is also a great opportunity to attend conversations, workshops and seminars.
Have some fun checking out some of this year’s winners of the Cartagena Film Festival:
- Best Film: Post Morterm (Chile). This story takes place after Chilean president Salvador Allende is overthrown from power. While telling the story of a man in love, it shows how social changes came after this event.
- Official Best Documentary: Pequeñas Voces (Colombia) This documentary is narrated and drawn by kids who were victims of violence in Colombia. It tells the story from their unique perspective.
- Colombia al 100% winner : La sociedad del semáforo. (Colombia) . In Bogota and other Colombian cities, when the traffic lights turn red you can see, from your car, street performers doing all sorts of activities from juggling to dancing. This movie tells the story of one of the performers whose only wish is to control the red light and make it last longer so he and his friends can perform for as long as they want.