The 40th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (also known as the Havana Film Festival) will take place in Havana, Cuba, from December 6 to 16, 2018. The Festival promotes and awards those works whose significance and artistic values contribute to enrich and reaffirm the Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.
The Festival’s program includes the annual competition for the CORAL Awards, showcasing a selection of the most recent production of Latin America and the Caribbean. Each year the Festival calls for entries to the Competitions in Fiction (Long Feature and Short), Opera Prima, Documentary, Animation, Unproduced Script, Poster and Postproduction.
Among the other festival activities planned for this year, there are galas, tributes to outstanding personalities of cinema and culture, retrospectives (to be announced), screenings of restored classics, special presentations, seminars, and lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and launches for books and magazines.
Sections of the screenings comprise:
THE CORAL AWARDS COMPETITION (described above)
LATIN AMERICA IN PERSPECTIVE: An all-encompassing panorama of Latin American production, which complements the selection of films screening in Competition. It consists of a series of thematic programs dealing with historical memory, social struggles, the politics of diversity, Latin America’s art, as well as a wide spectrum of cinematic approaches covering from fantastic and horror cinema to the poetics of avant-garde.
OTHER LATITUDES INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASES: Focused in national cinemas, trends in contemporary moviemaking and the output of film schools and institutions.
CONTEMPORARY WORLD PANORAMA: A showcase of some of the most outstanding and representative titles in recent cinema.
DOCUMENTARY PANORAMA: Makes way for the growing prestige, diversity and presence achieved by documentary filmmaking.