The Bogotá Independent Film Festival will run from the 14th to the 24th of July. 106 films from over 35 countries. Moviegoers can’t miss it.
In its second edition, IndieBo, Bogota’s Independent Film Festival goes all out with its selection. An opportunity for film fanatics in the country to see films that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
The festival will bring 106 films, only 5 of which have distribution deals, a guarantee of their independent pedigree. Within the selection films come from all corners of the world. Rumania, Ethiopia, Iceland, China and Iran are just 5 of the more than 35 countries featured in the festival’s program.
Besides the film projections, the festival will also count with a space dedicated to Virtual Reality, with no admission fee, inside the Monumento a los Héroes, a Bogotá historical landmark.
Additionally, the general public can also assist to a number of conferences with local and international guests. The stand-out here is legendary sound engineer Chris Newman, famed for his sound production in films such as The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus and Silence of the Lambs.
The icing on the cake is the CineBus, a bus equipped with both, a projection room inside and the ability to project films for over 500 people outdoors. The CineBus will be touring Bogotá throughout the festival’s 10 days, bringing movies for free to an expected audience of over 5,000 people.
When looking at the festival’s selection, one cannot help but see the particular focus that the festivals curators gave to Latin American cinema, an industry that has seen huge success in recent years. A standout in this category is Desde Allá, by Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas, winner of the coveted Golden Lion in the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Others, such as Icaros: A Vision, an Argentinian-Peruvian venture into the Amazon rainforest, and Viva, a story of the Havana drag-queen scene, are sure to gather a large audience in Bogotá.
In fact, the only sold out projection so far is the premiere for Icaros: A Vision, a testament to the Colombian public’s faith in Latin American cinema.
The festival’s opening night will feature the film Junction 48, by Israeli director Udi Aloni. A story about hip-hop, violence and prejudice in the Palestine-Israeli border.
Tickets are now available for purchase, all information is available on the festivals website at www.indiebo.co and their social media outlets: @IndieBogota on Twitter and Instagram, www.facebook.com/Indiebogota/ on Facebook and IndieBo on YouTube.