This year's Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg - Festival International de Cine Guadalajara) has so many events, sections and sidebars that one barely knows where to begin. Established in 1986 it now has an attendence of about 66,000 with industry attendence at about 3,000 all of whom are interested in interacting with one another and with filmmakers in an extremely friendly upbeat environment. Its festival has a competition for Mexican and Iberoamerican fiction, docs and shorts, French features with a focus on Agnes Varda
, animation, alternative, childrens, and of course gala sections. It has a film market, numerous panels and has incorporated several key international initiatives.
About my ever active Women Directors' Tally: Of 160 new features at the festival, 27 are by women, equalling 16%. Those women are the ones who are currently playing the most important festivals: Paz Fabrega
, Natalia Smirnoff
, Florence Jaugey
, Maria Novaro, Renate Costa
, Urszula Antoniak
, Elizabeth Chi Vasarhelyi, the ones not