The Guadalajara International Film Festival is a world class event for the presentation of quality film. It offers an environment supportive to the dialog between artists and the public, and a meeting place for filmmakers, actors, cinematographers, distributors, and critics both from Mexico and abroad. The Festival has served as a launching pad for the careers of young artists, while at the same time taking care to recognize and honor noteworthy veterans.
The Festival also recognizes the importance of opening new doors for national and Iberamerican cinema. This is why three years ago the festival founded a Film Market. At the same time, there have been forums for the presentation and discussion of projects, conferences that facilitate the gathering of all types of filmmakers, and other meetings that seek to accomplish that the economic aspect of film not be something foreign to the Festival.
The presence of delegates from other important festivals from around the world in Guadalajara has helped Mexican film to have a strong international presence over the last twenty years. This phenomenon has been especially recognizable in the area of short films and documentaries, in which the Festival, since its creation, has given a special place. This is seen in the quantity of shorts and documentaries, as well as the constant presence of their creators at the Festival
The list of those notable names who have participated in the Festival is enormous. Guadalajara helped launch the careers such artists as Guillermo del Toro, Carlos Carrera, Alfonso Cuarón, Diego Luna, Carlos Bolado, and María Novaro to name a few.
In the international scene, the festival has presented the works from a diverse list of filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Chile, Denmark, and China. The festival has also held many retrospectives for filmmakers of such caliber as Pedro Almodóvar, Atom Egoyan, the Taviani brothers, Vittorio Storaro, Monxto Armendáriz, Theo Angelopulos, Fernando Trueba, and Patricio Guzmán.
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