October 26, 2023 #ChileDiverse

30 years celebrating Chile's film industry: Valdivia bids farewell to another edition of its International Film Festival

The capital of Los Ríos received more than 100 national and international exponents, presenting some of the most recent works of Chilean and foreign cinema. Likewise, it hosted different spaces for reflection, highlighting the participation of the Fundación Imagen de Chile, along with the exhibition of the trailer of the documentary "50 years Identity, Memory and Future".

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Filmmakers from around the world gathered in the Los Ríos region to participate in the 30th edition of the Valdivia International Film Festival (FIC), which was marked by a journey through its history, tributes to national and foreign directors, as well as a tribute to its founder, Lucy Berkhoff.

The return to face-to-face meetings, after two years of pandemic, was the appropriate scenario for the development of workshops and citizen discussions. Among these, the one called "Construction of identity in the audiovisual story" stood out, with the participation of Fundación Imagen de Chile, through its head of audiovisual contents, Bautista Martínez.

In his speech, he highlighted the importance of building the Los Ríos regional brand, a task that is also supported by the foundation, as part of its role of positioning Chile in the world.

"The identity of a country is dynamic. It requires a constant exercise of revision and connection. While there are elements inherent to history and culture, the evolution of society, migratory movements and technological advances are also part of the exercise of adding value to the country's image," he said. 

In addition to sponsoring the meeting, Fundación Imagen de Chile was also present at FIC Valdivia, with the exhibition of the trailer of its documentary "50 years: Identity, Memory and Future", an emotional piece that collects the testimonies of Chileans, who throughout these 5 decades have made their lives outside our borders.

The Culture of Chile to the world

During one week and in seven theaters simultaneously, the films in competition were screened in categories such as feature film, short film, microfilm, youth filmmaking, Chilean cinema of the future, among others. 

On this occasion, the film "Here" by Belgian director Bas Devos was the winner of the Feature Film Competition, while the "Pudú" Lifetime Achievement Award went to Chilean cameraman and filmmaker Pablo Salas.

"The sustained work of the team behind FIC Valdivia has consolidated it as one of the most important festivals in the country. We congratulate those who throughout these 30 editions have maintained their commitment to the growth and visibility of the national audiovisual sector," said the Minister of Culture and the Arts, Carolina Arredondo.


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