Cinema Fever: the Chilean film festival boom

From popular musician stories to sexual diversity and genre tales are part of the topics that we will see during the first season of this year in different film samples, in addition to a special selection of the best of Chilean and Foreign movies in recent times.

In addition to having available the traditional billboard of the chain and independent cinemas such as the Cine Arte Normandie or the Cine Arte Alameda, throughout the country and its regions are organizing calls for the 2019 program of different national and international festivals with the best movies, documentaries and short films.

The season starts with the Cine Lab initiative, a project organized by Lab Escénico (belonging to the Santiago a Mil International Festival) and the Cineteca Nacional. This space has programmed three national and three foreign films, all related to the scenic and visual arts that will be released for free.

Isidora (Christian Aylwin and Nicolás Superby. 2013) is the first feature film of the cycle, which deals with the life and work of the Chilean playwright Isidora Aguirre, who was the author of thirty plays and one of the most popular productions of our national theater, “La Pérgola de las Flores”. It will be shown on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, 10 p.m. at 5:00 p.m.

La Flor (2018) (Fuente: Lab Escénico)

For its part, one of the unmissable foreign films is the Argentinean La Flor (Mariano Llinás, 2018), a film divided into three parts that will be shown in separate performances. It tells six different stories where their only connection are the four actresses who interpret them. Showing a non-linear and unstructured narrative, La Flor is a production without end.

The first part can be seen on Wednesday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. and on Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 p.m. The second part will be screened on Friday the 18th at 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday the 19th at 12:00 p.m. The third and final part can be seen that same Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday, January 20 at noon.

Regional Exponents

In the central zone, the fifth region is getting ready to start a new version of the Festival de Cine Chileno (Fecich), which will take place between January 12 and 26 at the Juan Bustos de Quilpué Municipal Theater and the Teatro Pompeya of Villa Alemana.

The event will have three parts: “Miradas diversas de mujeres en el cine chileno”, “Memoria fílmica”  that rescues great classics from Chile and the exhibition “Harvest of the year”, which rescues different national feature films released in 2018. parallel, there is a competition of “radiografía nacional”.

El evento contará con tres partes: “Miradas diversas de mujeres en el cine chileno”, “Memoria fílmica” que rescata grandes clásicos de Chile y la muestra “Cosecha del año”, la cual rescata diferentes largometrajes nacionales estrenados el año 2018. De forma paralela, existe una competencia de “radiografía nacional”.

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Between the outstanding productions they are Los versos del olvido (Khatami. 2017), Petit Frère (Collío and Roblero. 2018), Los Perros (Said. 2017), Dry Martina (Sandoval. 2018), …Y de pronto el amanecer (Caiozzi. 2018) and La telenovela errante (Ruiz and Sarmiento, 2018), among others.

Check the whole program of the Chilean Film Festival here

On the other hand, Lebu, Cañete and Concepción have already closed the nominations for the Cine Lebu International Film Festival, which is already celebrating its 19th edition. One of the brand-new categories is Filma Bio Bio, which will exhibit short films that integrate the three organizing communes as a stage in order to enhance the region’s landscapes.

The event will take place between February 15 and 21. Cine Lebu also stands out as a qualifying festival for short films for the Oscars, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States.

Women, music and diversity

The following three festivals also have their open calls. One of them, the Festival de Cine de Mujeres (Femcine), invites filmmakers to participate in one of the three competing categories: international feature film competition, international short film competition and a national short film competition of film schools in the country.

The main condition: all films must be directed or co-directed only by women. The official selection will be announced on January 18, 2019 through the website: and by email to the selected ones.

In addition to presenting the competing productions, Femcine has parallel activities such as workshops and seminars related to audiovisual production in its different aspects.

Femcine 2019

Continuing with the themes of gender, , AMOR Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+ is the first international film festival focused on themes of sexual diversity, independent and competitive character that takes place in Santiago. The fourth edition of AMOR will take place between June 25 and 30 and will feature an international feature film competition, an international short film competition and three non-competitive sections.

Finally, with the idea “Música para los ojos”, the Festival Internacional de Cine y Documental Audiovisual (In-Edit Chile), which fifteen years ago addresses stories related to music and the craft of national and foreign musicians, receives works to compete until on February 15. The event will be held in the capital from April 25 to 30 and will feature the exhibition of films, documentaries and, for the first time in its history, a section of video clips of singers and Chilean bands.



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