Lodz Film School in Mexico
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03. 07. 2014.

The Lodz Film School is the guest of the 17th Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico (25 July - 3 August). This year GIFF is devoted to Polish Cinema.

The Lodz Film School has been invited to participate in the 17th Guanajuato International Film Festival, which will take place in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato in Mexico. The trip of the school representatives has been co-financed by the Polish Film Art Institute.

GIFF is recognized as the most important film event for young filmmakers in Latin America. Each year, about 2,500 film entries from over 100 countries are sent to the festival competition, and the festival itself is frequented by 90,000 viewers, who for 10 days watch over 400 films screened from 9 a.m. until as late as 4 a.m. in 20 places including such unusual locations as underground streets and tunnels of Guanajuato, and cemeteries in both cities. http://www.giff.mx/?lang=en

The Lodz Film School has prepared a few special events for the festival:

"48-Hour Collegiate Production Rally” – competition for the best film entirely produced at the festival within 48 hours, which will be entered by 5 film crews, four from Mexico and one from Poland. The Polish crew will consist of Lodz Film School students, namely a director, cameraman, production manager, editor and camera assistant, supported by 5 assistants - students from Mexico. The Polish crew members have already been chosen and accepted by the festival organizers. The screenplay of the competition film is ready and accepted too. Our crew consists of: Aniela Gabryel, a direction student, Zuzanna Pyda, a cinematography student, Piotr Matysiak, a cinematography student, Katarzyna Boniecka, an editing student and Maurycy Chełmiński, a production management student.

"Then and Now" – a short Lodz Film School history told through student films made by the great school’s graduates, followed by comments of the former Dean of the Direction Dept. Prof. Andrzej Mellin. The programme, which ranges from student films from the late 40s - the school beginnings - up to the most significant films of recent years, has been arranged into three two-hour-long film blocks to be screened on consecutive days of the festival.

"A Short Story of Polish Cinema" – the subject matter will be illustrated in two parts. The first one will consist of screenings of 5 Polish cinema classics preceeded by lectures. The second one is a monographic lecture of Dr. Jakub Mikurda, a Lodz Film School lecturer, who is also in charge of film programme screening preparation and delivering a lecture on Polish cinema from silent film up to contemporary productions including the most important aspects – "Polish school of film", "moral anxiety cinema", "emigration cinema", "Polish film surrealism". The lecture will be accompanied by archive materials, photos, posters and film excerpts. This programme including the lecture and film screenings will be presented over 5 festival days.

- "The film presentation of the Lodz Film School" - two 90-minute-long screenings of recent fiction, documentary and animation student films made at the Film School including the best and most awarded at festivals such as: "Ab ovo” by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, "Rogalik" by Paweł Ziemilski, "Written in Ink" by Martin Rath, "Charcoal Burners" by Piotr Złotorowicz, "Without Snow" by Magnus von Horn, "Frozen Stories" by Grzegorz Jaroszuk, "Taki pejzaż" by Jagoda Szelc, "Kigo" by Izumi Yoshida, "Constallations" by Aniela Gabryel and "The Third Room" by Suk-Hwa Hong. The Festival organizers have invited two students, both film directors, to the festival and participation in the discussions following the screenings.

GIFF is the biggest international film festival in Mexico during which films compete in the following categories: short fiction film, short animation film, short experimental film, short documentary film, full length documentary film and full length debut film. Such filmmakers as Paul Schrader, Peter Greenaway, Spike Lee, Tim Burton, Kenneth Anger, Oliver Stone, Lucrecia Martel, Irvin Kershner, Gaspar Noé and Spike Jonze have been well received at the festival.

The festival also hosts the International Pitching Market attracting producers, distributors, and various institutions financing film industry around the world, intrested in co-production.

Each year, a different country is an honorary guest of the festival presenting its biggest film achievements. So far, countries at the centre of festival attention have been: Canada, Spain, Germany, Brazil, France, USA, India, UK, Argentina, South Korea and Holland. The 17th festival features Polish Cinema.

The Lodz Film School will be represented at the GIFF by: Prof. Mariusz Grzegorzek, the Lodz Film School rector. http://filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php?osoba=1118822 Marcin Malatyński, Rector’s plenipotentiary in charge of film, tv and theatre production. http://filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php?osoba=1156649 Prof. Andrzej Mellin, Head of Screenwriting at the Lodz Film School film direction dept. http://filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php?osoba=111513 Dr Jakub Mikurda, a Lodz Film School lecturer, film specialist, psychologist, philosopher.