The 16th edition of the International Short Film Festival of Mexico will feature "very powerful and plural" works that corroborate "how national cinema is growing stronger and offers hope" for the future of the country's film industry. This was expressed by filmmaker Samuel Kishi Leopo, who is one of the 43 members of the jury of Shorts Mexico, which will be held from September 1 to 30, in on-site and digital formats.
"Before you are a filmmaker you are a cinephile, and in this meeting we can see the support for short narratives, in addition to the fact that it has been a seedbed" for directors, said Kishi, who along with the rest of the qualifiers, Nailea Norvind, Armando Hernández and Juan Pablo Ramírez, highlighted the work of the event, which will exhibit around 1,000 short films.
Jorge Magaña, director and founder of Shorts Mexico, said that there will be 420 Mexican short films in competition, 45 Ibero-American and 127 from other areas, with the presence of 54 countries. Furthermore, the works will be divided into 12 categories: Mexican competition: fiction, animation, documentary, screenplay, pitching; international competition: fiction, animation, documentary, and Ibero-American competition with the same categories.
Shorts Mexico, he said, is the largest specialized festival in Latin America; "a platform that supports and promotes creative expressions of emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world". There will be 30 venues in Mexico City, such as the Cineteca Nacional, Cinemex Reforma 222, as well as the Lighthouses and cultural centers attached to the local Ministry of Culture, in addition to other venues in the states of the Republic.
For virtual broadcasts, the festival uses the platforms Wahu, FilminLatino, Filmoteca de la UNAM, Festhome of Rediberofest, as well as Facebook and Canal 22.
Hugo Villa, director of the Filmoteca, said: "In 16 years, we have seen the evolution of one of the most important and inclusive festivals in the country; UNAM has provided spaces to offer short film proposals, both Mexican and international. I am surprised by the number of one thousand works, because this not only speaks of a very healthy production, but also of a huge effort by the organizers.
The program includes a Tribute in Corto to actor Kristyan Ferrer, the Roberto Fiesco Retrospective, 10 years of the Chilemonos Festival (Chile), 30 years of Curta Cinema/Festival Internacional de Curtas Do Rio de Janeiro, a program of productions from Italy en Corto and Animación Jalisciense.
Moreover, there will be a special program of productions supported by Shorts Mexico; the archives of the UNAM Film Archive, short films from the guest state, Nayarit, and an exhibition of productions supported by the Fideicomiso para la Promoción y Desarrollo del Cine Mexicano en la Ciudad de México (Procine).