Winners of FICICA 2017 were announced this week.
On Saturday, April 13th, the Cine de la Calle’s FICICA (International Short Film Fest) gave its last showcase of shorts in the acoustic conch of the Sagrado Corazón Park. During the six days, they had workshops, conferences, and of course short film presentations. This event brought together key people from the film industry to pass on their knowledge and experience to the future generations of filmmakers.
A group of three people including the director of the festival, Harold Ospina, took on the mission of revising more than 1500 down to 250 submitted shorts to be projected during the festival.
This year’s African theme was chosen to commemorate the heritage on an international and national level during the month of May. The theme is the reason why during the projections the shorts from the French Institute were from Africa, and the curators chose a retrospective from the Afrocolombian audiovisual banks to show as well. Even the inauguration ceremony had a live musical performance from Areccio Castellano’s folk band.
The first version of FICICA was in the year 2000, and it has evolved a lot over the 17 years. Fundación Cine a la Calle, the creator of this festival, has strengthened the festival noticeably because it takes cinema to places and communities where films are unlikely to reach. It also offers a direct engagement with the residents of the communities offering workshops and ways to produce their short films as well as an opportunity to express their reality or imaginary through video production.
In fact, one of the most attended workshops this year was a conversatory about community cinema where the invited speakers where directors, actors, and producer from local, national and international film houses that have worked with a vulnerable community to empower them through film.
Lastly, the winners of the FICICA short film competition are:
Mejor cortometraje local: Ell@s del director César García
Mejor Cortometraje Nacional: Penitencia del director Diego Ospina Melo
Mejor Cortometraje Internacional: Yerbabuena de la directora Estefanía Cortés
Mejor Cortometraje Infantil: Camino de agua para un pez de la directora Mercedes Marro
Mejor Cortometraje Masterpeace: para Un lugar del director Iván Fernández De Córdoba.