New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and film programmer Diana Vargas present CortoCircuito, the seventh annual Latino Short Film Festival of New York. The festival runs at the KJCC auditorium from Thurs., Oct. 7 to Sat. Oct. 9, 2010. Programs begin at 7 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri., Oct. 7 & 8; and at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9. The Center is located at 53 Washington Square South (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets). The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cortocircuito.us or www.nyu.edu/kjc.
The festival will introduce attendees to some of the most exciting, witty, and reflective movies about and from Latin America, Spain, and Latinos in the U.S. CortoCircuito was selected by the NYC’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission (LMEC) to be part of its first Latin Media and Entertainment Week. All foreign language films are English subtitled.
More than 50 titles will be presented, including award-winning short films in fiction and documentary as well as some experimental works that resist easy classification and push at the boundaries of established structures and formats. The selections come from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela and, the U.S. and include award-winning works such as: Jaulas (Guadalajara Film Festival), Los minutos y las horas (Havana, Cannes Film Festivals), Marina The Fisherman Wife (Guadalajara, Toulouse, Bilbao Film Festivals), The Bizarre Friends of Ricardinho (New Directors New Films), Veinte Años (Festival de Cine de La Habana, Cuba), Alijuna (Guadalajara Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival), Superbarroco (CurtaCinema, Rio de Janeiro).
The program on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., The Most Recent from Universidad del Cine, will include a special conversation with Mario A. Santos, academic director of the institution that has for the past 15 years played a central role in creating and supporting the new generation of Argentine filmmakers responsible for such notable hits as Los Rubios, La prisionera, Mundo grúa, Pizza, birra y faso, La libertad, Los muertos, and 25 watts. The shorts for this program are: Guernica (Rosario Cervio), Cynthia Still Got the Keys (Gonzalo Tobar), Ausente (Jorge Fried B). The closing program will feature shorts by Latino directors living in the United States. The following participating shorts were hand-picked from close to 230 selections submitted to the festival this year: Gone, The Tailor of Merida, Circus, Jagger.
CortoCircuito is made possible with support from Escuela International de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV); Dirección de Cinematografía, Colombia; Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires; Curta Cinema Rio De Janeiro, Casa do Cinema da Porto Alegre, Festival Icaro of Centroamérica, Casa Comal Arte y Cultura of Guatemala; Havana Film Festival NY; ICAIC; Telemundo47; Empanadas Café; Capella Art and IMCINE, Mexico.
LMEW is a project conceived by the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission, whose mission is to make New York a leading hub for Latin Media and Entertainment. The Commission works closely with industry leaders in the Latin media, entertainment, technology, Hispanic advertising, marketing, and public relations communities. With media companies such as Univision, Telemundo, V-Me, People en Español, Univision Radio, Spanish Broadcasting System, and El Diario based in New York, the Latin media and entertainment sectors are stronger than ever.
The 40-member Commission created the LMEW to present a week of Latin events that showcase the range of talent and the diversity in Latin culture. The week allows for entrepreneurs to mingle, network, develop new ventures, and make New York a destination and center for Latin media and entertainment.
LMEW captures the heart, essence, and diversity of Latin New York and provides opportunities for people to come together and explore new ventures. In the coming years, the Latino market is poised to have a more profound influence and effect in our city’s and our nation’s economies. With a growing population, stronger buying power, and a better educated workforce, Latino New Yorkers will continue to shape the future of the city and enhance its diverse cultural life.