Lina Rodríguez
General Director

In FICCI 57 we will feel the historic weight of the India Catalina and rediscover her as our symbol. She appears, imposing, beneath a bough of bijao leaves and plants us firmly in the Caribbean environment, a region that symbolizes the mestizo nature of our nation and our continent just like this contradictory and fearless woman.
This year’s daring selection includes 167 films that possess their own narratives, mysticism, sensuality and uniqueness. It is a selection that endeavors to present the best of Ibero-America and the world in a festival of the senses.

In FICCI 57 we will feel the historic weight of the India Catalina and rediscover her as our symbol. She appears, imposing, beneath a bough of bijao leaves and plants us firmly in the Caribbean environment, a region that symbolizes the mestizo nature of our nation and our continent just like this contradictory and fearless woman.

FICCI puts itself to the test in the face of the fragility of cultural management, demanding a substantial dose of resilience and adaptation given the many challenges of this environment. It is an opportunity that has allowed us to capitalize on alliances in order to flourish as agents of change and agents of culture.

We wish to extend huge thanks to the Ardila Lülle Organization for its continued presence and long-term commitment to Cartagena and Colombia. This is an organization that believes in the power of culture to transform and build a more tolerant, creative and kind society, and in this spirit they continue to play their role of Major Partners, recognizing talented filmmakers, their loyal audiences and the leadership and professionalism of the Festival.

The Government of Bolívar will be a key actor, thanks to the establishment of a permanent program that will allow the people of this department to be participants and consumers of culture through audiovisual activities designed with a social and regional focus, fulfilling the dream of Víctor Nieto and the visionaries that have made 57 years of this Festival possible. This historic alliance will take large format screenings to every corner of the department of Bolívar, spreading the very best of film programming through FICCIMóvil and even taking an exquisite selection of film to the extraordinary Mompox Jazz Festival. The alliance sets an example for regional authorities in this country, which we hope will welcome with the same level of conviction and determination the over 70 festivals in Colombia that are already transforming and weaving new social fabric through the powerful industry of motion pictures.

Our spaces for training, discussion and debate on the subject of film are made possible thanks to the Ministry of Culture and its organization for film management, Proimágenes Colombia, AECID and the Spanish Cooperation Training Centre, who have all demonstrated their commitment to supporting high quality professional forums as part of FICCI. Their long-term work questions the challenges put forth by current models for coproduction, exhibition and circulation of Ibero-American film with special attention paid to Colombian production and its dissemination internationally.

This year the SENA once again takes its place as Institutional Partner and Official Seat of the Festival. Alongside FICCI it will establish a dialogue to strengthen technical skills in the national audiovisual industry to meet the needs of supply and demand. FICCI will continue to be a space for promoting the transfer of knowledge between instructors and learners.

The municipality of Cartagena and its government Primero la Gente (People First) continues to invest in promoting the city and the transformative power of film in uniting communities. We wish to extend special thanks to Fontur, a promoter of Cartagena as a cinematographic destination and seat of the oldest film festival in Latin America.

This country’s 90 years of film have been made possible by Cine Colombia, our Official Sponsor and host with a strong presence in more than 13 movie theaters that are the ideal setting for living the dream of FICCI. Thank you for the decades of support, the consistent guidance and especially for providing us with your extraordinary infrastructure so we may project the essence of this Festival.

We also thank Volkswagen, another Official Sponsor, at our side for the past five years offering our guests the most wonderful experiences. This year we will travel the department of Bolívar together, with the support of its proactive government ¡Bolívar Sí Avanza! (Progress for Bolívar!).

Ours is a significant presence on the agenda of the 2017 Year of Colombia-France Cultural Exchange and we thank the embassy for giving us the great opportunity to show the best of French film as part of this important binational project. FICCI would not be possible without the connection to and support from our film institute partners and the embassies of Spain, United States of America, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Portugal and France.

During this year of hope for Colombia, we will bring together our screens, creativity and passion in the name of building peace based on memory and reconciliation. Together we will experience the stories that will challenge us, shake us, and reawaken us.

Thanks to the FICCI family, made up of volunteers and passionate collaborators who open their hearts year after year and work tirelessly to give Cartagena and the world our best festival, the festival of the senses,

Welcome to FICCI 57 #FICCItetoca