Sixty-nine films from 15 different countries are participating from 27 to 29 April in the VIII International Film Festival (DIIF Chile 2010) that is taking place in the tourist city of Viña del Mar. Viña is also known as the “Garden City”, a concept that projects the seaside resort city as a healthy urban location with an ecological industry and many attractions for visitors.
The event had initially been scheduled for March, but had to be suspended temporarily due to the mega-earthquake that affected the central-southern part of Chile and was also felt, to a lesser degree, in the coastal city.
The natural disaster affected the Municipal Theater, the main venue where the festival was to take place. After the earthquake, the sites at which the event would be held were reduced from 18 to eight, reported the organizers.
In spite of the difficulties, Paulo Parra, director of the Festival, valued the fact that it had been possible to hold the event. “We tried to reduce the films that were competing as little as possible. There was a drop in the number of international entries, but we still have more than 35 hours of top-quality films to show in parallel samples”, he indicated.
The specific objective of the event is to disseminate the use of digital technology in film, with the aim of achieving the consolidation of this technology in Chile.
The competing films are classified in the categories of fiction feature films, documentary feature films, fiction short films, documentary short films, animation/experimental short films and short films to commemorate Chile’s Bicentennial this year. Parallel samples are added to them all.
As host, Chile presented the largest number of productions, with a total of 26 films, followed by Spain with ten and Argentina with eight.
The other countries present at the event are Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, United States, France, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland and Uruguay.
It should be mentioned that lately Chilean cinema has been experiencing a major boom in the number of its productions. It has also received international acclaim for the quality of the films, which have won important awards. A clear example of this is the movie «La Nana«, directed by Sebastián Silva, which has been extremely successful in festivals around the world.