OAXACA FILMFEST, ‘THE NEW SUNDANCE’

Oaxaca FilmFest is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema, creating opportunities for filmmakers, providing audiences with outstanding entertainment, and enhancing the economic well-being of The State Of Oaxaca.

“The New Sundance”, is what many Film Festival organizers are saying about the event which is rapidly emerging as one of the most important developing film festivals in the world,

Established in 2010 the Festival has been a uniquely successful collaboration between the private and public sectors injecting nearly $6,000,000 USD in tourism revenue into the region in the first two seasons.

In just three seasons the festival received nearly 3000 submissions from 77 different countries. With an extremely high standard for surviving the selection process, Oaxaca FilmFest has discovered some of the most brilliant filmmakers emerging on the international cinema scene today!

Tequila (Sony Clasics)

A Lonely Place For Dying (1,000,000 Downloads on iTunes)

Ecstasy (Toronto Film Festival )

Una Noche (Winner in TriBeCa)

LA SOGA (Amazon Top 10 independent Films)

Crebinsky (Currently in European Theaters)

La Pantera Negra (Currently in Latin American Theaters)

What to expect in 2012?

– 10 days

– 25 venues

– 300 screenings

– 10 Day Rally

– 5 Day Academic Program-With a Focus on Self Distribution

– International “Pitching” Market

– “Infamous” Fiestas

-and much much more.

Every Film in the Festival is a Mexican Premiere. In most cases a Latin American Premiere and in many cases a WORLD PREMIERE! There is something for everyone from “edge of your seat” feature films that include Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, and Clive Owen to thought provoking documentaries.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FUNDING? As with any event of this size money is always an issue. However, with the constant need for the public sector to invest their money into other areas and the economic woes of the private sector cash is tighter than ever. We have prided ourself in our ability to build the festival on a lean staff, a constant focus on “intercambios” (in kind support), and to invest wisely. For example we do not pay for actors and actresses to attend the event-we think it is more important to spend those dollars on high quality projections and academic events. Yet, at the “end of the day”…WE STILL NEED CASH! We do have many corporate partners and we are very grateful and proud of these relations. Yet, we continue to maintain simple relationships avoiding ONE large Corporate Sponsor so we can maintain our Freedom and Independence to continue to create an incredible event.

WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO? Simple! To begin preparation for next year’s event. This month marks the celebration of our third and biggest event to date and after taking one day off to rest we will begin to focus on Oaxaca FilmFest 4!

WHY IS OAXACA FILMFEST IMPORTANT? Oaxaca is a State rich in cuisine, culture, and history. It contains beautiful beaches and breath taking mountains. Yet, it is one of the poorest regions in Mexico. The people of this Region depend on dollars generated from tourism. The Festival provides much needed economic stimulus via tourism revenue.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION OAXACA FILMFEST CINEMEX 7:05 pm -Plaza del Valle-

“Nefarious: merchant of souls

Directed/Dirección: Benjamin Nolot
96 min EUA 2011
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/Largometraje Documental.

From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex trafficking. When you see a woman being dragged to the ‘breaking grounds’, you will feel her despair. You will follow beside her as she is beaten, stripped naked, then sold to the highest bidder. After she’s auctioned off, she’s taken to a location where she will be sold night after night.
Desde la primera escena, Nefarious te introduce a la pesadilla del tráfico sexual. Cuando veas a una mujer que es arrastrada, sentirás su desesperación. Seguirás a su lado mientras ella es golpeada, desnudada y luego vendida al mejor postor. Después de haber sido subastada, es llevada a un lugar donde se venderá noche tras noche.

OFFICIAL SELECTION OAXACA FILMFEST TEATRO JUÁREZ 9:30 pm

“Change You

Directed/Dirección:

Cheryl Hassen

12 min

CANADÁ/2012

Cast/Reparto: Debi Sawchuk Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros,
Josh Davis, Jillian Sodero Genre/Género: Documentary Short/Cortometraje Documental
Change You follows Albertan Debi Sawchuk and fellow group members on a journey through the Mexican jungle in Palenque and to the ancient spiritual sites of Yaxchilan and Tonina. They are inspired by Mayan Master Teacher Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros, whose gentle persona and profound insights encourage them to experience, to open their hearts.
Change You sigue a Albertan Debi Sawchuk y los demás miembros del grupo en un recorrido por la selva mexicana en Palenque y de los antiguos yacimientos espirituales de Yaxchilan y Tonin.. Se inspiran en el Maestro de maestros maya Miguel Ángel Vergara Calleros, cuya dulce personalidad y conocimientos profundos los anima a experimentar, a abrir sus corazones.

OFFICIAL SELECTION OAXACA FILMFEST TEATRO JUÁREZ 9:30 pm

“Los refrigeradores

Directed/Dirección: Thomas Lehner
95 min Austria/Cuba 2012
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/ Largometraje Documental.

Cuba on ice. Naturally it is served in cocktails at the beach bar. But for the island residents, keeping things in a cold, solid state is a matter of survival and constitute a daily struggle. Refrigerators are passed down from one generation to another, caringly maintained and restored.

Cuba on the rocks. Naturalmente es servido en cocteles en la playa o en el bar. Pero para los residentes de la isla, mantener cosas en estado frío y sólido es un asunto de sobrevivencia y constituye una lucha diaria. Refrigeradores son heredados de una generación a otra, mantenidos y restaurados con cuidado.

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