The 15th International Film Festival of Gibara [Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara (FIC Gibara)] began yesterday, July 7, and will continue through July 13. The festival began with activities showing the film festival’s engagement with environmental concerns with a beach clean-up event led by Cuban actor and president of the festival Jorge Perugorría. The opening activities also included a roundtable session with previous Lucía de Honor Award winners who are guests of honor this year—actor Daisy Granados and filmmaker Fernando Pérez—along with Jorge Perugorría and film critic Joel del Río, who this year presides over the press jury. FIC Gibara will honor French filmmaker Agnès Varda (1928-2019), one of the main representatives of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave). At the end of the festival, the juries will announce the Lucía de Honor Award-winners in different categories. Prensa Latina writes:
Over 70 works from 26 countries are competing for the Lucia awards the jury of the 15th International Film Festival of Gibara will grant at the end of the event in Villa Blanca until July 13.
The list of films consists of 9 feature films, 15 fiction short films, 10 animated short films, 8 long documentaries, 8 short documentaries, 15 unpublished scripts and nine ongoing films. The low-cost film festival will screen 95 materials from Cuba, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, China, Kenya, the Netherlands, Iran and Russia standing out as the most represented nations.
Cuba will be present with a total of 16 films in competition, as well as including eight projects in the sections of ongoing films and unpublished screenplays. According to Sergio Bemvenuto, one of the organizers, the event will count on selecting very high aesthetic value films; following its tradition, it will have a multicultural and interactive profile.
As the festival’s novelty, Lucia de Honor award will be delivered this year having an international value and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro, the Cuban director Fernando Perez, and Cuban actress Daisy Granados [have received the] award.
Source: https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=44115&SEO=films-from-26-countries-compete-in-cubas-festival-of-gibara and http://cubasi.com/culture/item/18888-films-from-26-countries-compete-in-cuba-s-festival-of-gibara
For detailed programming and related articles, see https://ficgibara.com/en/