The annual Morelia International Film Festival began again on Saturday and will continue until October 11. The festival in the picturesque town four hours away from Mexico City has only grown in prestige and size over the past few years. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences now gives Morelia winning fiction and animation short films the opportunity to be considered for an Oscar nomination. The only other Latin American film festivals recognized by the Academy are in Cartagena and Río de Janeiro.
Quentin Tarantino and his Inglorious Basterds inaugurated this year’s events, but the Morelia festival is more important for the stage it gives emerging Mexican directors rather than the American films it pulls. Headed by the formidable veteran festival organizer Daniela Michel (pictured above), Morelia has been key in highlighting the work of talented local filmmakers, like the Mexican women directors I wrote about here