Maravilla, a New York-based organization dedicated to raising awareness of Latin America through films and the arts, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador, inaugurates the first edition of the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York, EFFY: All You Need Is Ecuador, the first film festival in the world dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the rising cinema of the South American country.
The competitive festival will take place from June 17-21 at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City and will open with the acclaimed documentary CÃ©sarâ€™s Grill (El grill de CÃ©sar). The personal family drama, directed by DarÃo Aguirre, was recognized at Visions du RÃ©el, Cartagena, Toulouse, and Vancouver film festivals. The closing night film on the spotlight will be Holiday (Feriado), the acclaimed debut feature by Diego Araujo. Hailed as a â€œgentle, attractive coming-out storyâ€ (Variety), the film had its world premiere as part of the official competition at the Berlinale.
As a direct and exciting evolution of the seven-year-old Ecuadorian Film Showcase in New York, EFFNY will screen 13 feature films, with many of the filmmakers in attendance. Some of the other highlights include Tito Molinaâ€™s Silence in Dreamland (Silencio en la tierra de los sueÃ±os), which was Ecuadorâ€™s submission to this yearâ€™s Academy AwardsÂ®; Eva Zeligâ€™s documentary feature An Unknown Country, which tells the overlooked story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in Ecuador; and Open Wound (Mono con gallinas), a powerful POW drama set in 1941 during the war between Ecuador and Peru.
The EFFNY will present two Best Film awards to the noteworthy productions selected by a jury composed of renowned film professionals while the public in attendance will vote for the Audience Award. In addition to the film screenings, the festival will present a special tasting of Ecuadorian delights, and two panel discussions, one discussing Ecuadorâ€™s features as an attractive and convenient location for international film productions, and another roundtable discussion Â with guest filmmakers.
Spearheaded by the National Film Institute of CNCine, Ecuadorian cinema has gained momentum in the past few years. Last year, the country saw a record-breaking number of 16 film productions released in local theaters, and Ecuador is fostering a new generation of filmmakers that are promoting diverse representations of the country.
â€œEFFNY, like the Ecuadorian Showcase did, will bring a part of Ecuador to the Ecuadorian community living in the New York Tri-State area. For many, it will serve as a great introduction to the small yet diverse and unique country. We hope our films will not only entertain people, but also give them a broader understanding of this magical placeâ€, says Christian Ponce, co-founder of Maravilla and the festivalâ€™s director.
The Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York is sponsored by TELEMUNDO 47, B&H Photo and Video, CafÃ© Velez, Pacari, LQC and Radio Cocoa, and with the support of the Ecuadorian Film Council (CNCine), The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Ecuador, PRO-ECUADOR New York, the Consulate General of Ecuador in New York, and Cinema Tropical.
About Maravilla: Maravilla (http://www.cinemaravilla.com/) is a New York-based, independent organization dedicated to raising awareness of Latin America and its peoples through film and the arts. It hosts various initiatives like the Venezuelan Film Festival in New York and the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York.
For more information, film screeners, hi-res images, or to coordinate interviews with the guest filmmakers, please contact Melanie Godoy, email@example.com, (917) 834-7129.
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