The Bogota Film Festival will be presenting awards as well as showcasing a variety of short and feature films in a range of categories from filmmakers in Colombia and around the world.
The festival, which will run from Wednesday October 16th until Thursday 23rd, will present the “Golden Precolombian Circle” award to the Best Film and Best Director of the international selection, as well as national level awards for Best Colombian Feature Film, Best Colombian Short and the Alexis Award, which recognizes the best film produced by a Colombian director under the age of 18.
Environmental, social and art documentaries, as well as experimental films, animation, digital films, and “sacred,” – that is, Catholic – films will be shown alongside the awards competition. As part of the festival, films will be showcased at local schools and prisons.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Bogota Film Festival was originally started in order to give recognition to Colombian filmmakers. However, in the next year, the festival was expanded to include filmmakers from other countries in Latin America, as well as a Europe and Asia. As of today, the film has given awards to films from 26 countries across the world, including the first international recognition of Pedro Almodovar as Best Director for his 1987 film, “La Ley del Deseo.”
Last year the award for Best Picture and Best Director went to “Juan y Eva,” an Argentine film about the relationship between former Argentine President Juan Peron and his famous wife Evita.
Last year the award for Best Colombian film went to “Cronica del fin del mundo” (Chronicle of the End of the World), written and directed by Mauricio Cuervo.