From 9 to the 11th of September 2021, MPIFF screened eight film premiers and competition films in the Instituto Cervantes de Praga and Kino Světozor. Furthermore, this year was accompanied by two Masterclasses by Prague City University and Prague Film School, as well as a Mariachi workshop and a book presentation translated by Anežka Charvátová: Tempestad de Hurricanes. Finally, MPIFF assured that La Calle Mexicana within the Zažít Americkou Jinak food and drink festival was a place to enjoy culture and gastronomy of Iberoamerica.
What was shown?
The first day of the festival had the opportunity to create retrospective of Yulene Olaizola's work as her new movie: Selva Trágica is now being streamed all over the world on Netflix. MPIFF was "happy" to bring movies from directors like Samuel Kishi and Bruno Santamaría.
Premiere Films Screenings:
1. Shakespeare's Intimacies by Yulene Olaizola
2. Artificial Paraises by Yulene Olaizola
3. Fogo by Yulene Olaizola
4. Protagonists of Progress by Daniel Yuste - Documentary
5. Radio Silence by Juliana Fanjul
6. Things we don't do by Bruno Santamaria
7. Plastic by Ricardo Soto
8. The Wolves by Samuel Kishi
Online Film Screenings:
1. The Kings from the Town that Does Not Exist by Betzabé García
2. As I Am by Tomas Aceituno
3. Margarita by Bruno Santamaría
4. Things we don't do by Bruno Santamaria
What activities happened?
The 3rd edition of the MPIFF was not only film screenings and a competition, in fact many other activities took place:
Masterclass: How to Make a Blockbuster with 32 euros and a Cocktail
Shooting a short or feature film with a small budget and having success is possible nowadays thanks to technology, but this is not enough. We´ll analyze how to make it happen regarding drama, production, and the cocktail.
Partner of event: Diego Fandos and Prague Film School
Masterclass: Ethics in Documentary Cinema
A discussion-based session that will cover some of the major principles of ethics in documentary film, issues, norms, and challenges.
Partner: Prague City University
Workshop: Mariachi Workshop
Los Conquistadores(Mex) came to present the traditional Mexican music from the North as well as an introduction to Mariachi music and the accordion.
Presentation: Hurricane Season Book Presentation by Anežka Charvátová
The translator Anežka Charvátová presents Fernanda Melchor's novel: Hurricane Season. Book published by Paseka.
Gastronomy, Music and Culture
La Calle Mexicana, part of the Zažít Americkou Jinak festival in Prague, assured closed down the whole Americká street to ensure the Prague residents enjoy a full day of activities, food stands, beer stands, wine stands, cocktail stands, and artisanal products.
Performances: DJ S-biSH, Cumbia & Quebradita dance workshop, Studio Anyo, Piñata for kids, Guacamole Soundsystem, FlashMob Mexico, El Grito de la Independencia by the Embassy of Mexico in Prague and MPIFF, Los Conquistadores, Mariachi Azteca de Praga, Cumbia Cooperativa and DJ Romario.
Winners of the MPIFF 2021 - Competition
Best Project N1 - The Pleasure of Killing Bugs by Leonardo Martinelli (Short, Brazil)
Best Project N2 - Tio by Juan Medina (Short, Mexico)
Best Project N3 - Guerrero, Amapola by César Rodríguez (Documentary, Mexico)
Best Film - Change by Fabiano de Souza (Film, Brazil)
Best Short-Film - Tio by Juan Medina (Short, Mexico)
Best Documentary - Missionaries of the Rain by Jimena Paz (Documentary, Mexico)
Best Animation - My Weaving Hands by Rio Castañeda (Short, Mexico)
Best Director - The Pleasure of Killing Bugs by Leonardo Martinelli (Short, Brazil)
Best Production - Tio by Juan Medina (Short, Mexico)
Best Cinematography - The Pleasure of Killing Bugs by Leonardo Martinelli (Short, Brazil)
Best Actor/Actress - Rosa Iranzo in The Pleasure of Killing Bugs(Short, Brazil)
Best Script/Screenplay - Alma by Lorraine Jones Molina (Short, Puerto Rico)
Best Visual Effects - The Pleasure of Killing Bugs by Leonardo Martinelli (Short, Brazil)
Best Makeup - Alma by Lorraine Jones Molina (Short, Mexico)
Best Original Music - My Weaving Hands by Rio Castañeda (Short, Mexico)
Best Sound - The Imagined Village by María Belén Acebo (Docuementary, Ecuador)
Best Wardrobe - The Pleasure of Killing Bugs by Leonardo Martinelli (Short, Brazil)
A. Gallo de Oro - Best Project N1
-100% paid scholarship for a film summer course in Prague Film School 2022*
B. Best Project N2
-50% paid scholarship for a film summer course in Prague Film School 2022*
C. Best Project N3
-25 paid scholarship for a film summer course in Prague Film School 2022*
José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
Instituto Cervantes de Praga
Prague City University
Prague Film School
CCC Centro de Capacitación Cinomatográfica
Protagonistas del Progreso
CNDH - Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos
IMCINE - Mexican Institute of Cinematography
Embassy of Mexico in Prague
United Nations Foundation
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