International Film Festival in Mexico City

The International Film Contest (Mexico City)

Once again, the Festival Internacional de Cine para Niñas (…y no tan Niños) has been organized with the intent of sharing customs, cultures, and languages by presenting to children of Mexico the best cinematographic production for children from all over the world.

The Festival will be presided by a Children's Jury which will award symbolic prizes to the best feature film and best short film presented at the festival.

The Festival, an independent cultural project held in Mexico City since 1995, is supported by several institutions, among which: Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Dirección General de Actividades Cinematográficas de la UNAM, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Cineteca Nacional, Cinemex WTC, Fundación Carmen Toscano.

Because of the size of Mexico City, we screen the Festival at various cinema theatres, aiming to reach the most children we can with this unique cinematographic option.

The Festival also offers the opportunity of introducing the films to Mexican distributors.

The objective of this invitation is to assemble and present quality cinematographic productions for children, from national as well as international sources, in the following categories:

Feature films of fiction or animation;
Short films of fiction or animation;
Documentaries aimed at children;
Short films produced by children of Mexico and other countries (non competitive).
Prizes awarded by the Children's Jury in each of these categories will consist in an artwork of ceramics produced by Federika Withfeld as well as a diploma.

Children and adults assisting to each screen presentation will be invited to vote and thus contribute to the award of the Public's Prize.

For the pre-selection of the cinematographic materials, a working copy must be submitted in VHS or DVD format, regardless of the original format. For the projection during the Festival, copies must be in one of the following formats: BTC-SP NTSC, DVD, 16 mm, 35mm.
Submitted materials must have been produced between 2005 and today.
Application is free of charge. However, the shipping costs of the cinematographic materials will be paid by the applicant.
The applicant must provide, with the working copy of the materials, a duly completed entry form in MS Word format or electronic entry form, as well as two still photographs of the materials and a photograph of the director (in JPG format at resolution of 300 dpi), information on the director, the film and the producer, the technical information and sinopsis. All these items may be uploaded with the electronic entry form or sent by electronic mail to the following address:13ofestival@(Borra-esto-de-la-direccion)
The materials must be submitted in their original language. If not in Spanish, a list of the dialogues in Spanish and/or English should also be provided. The list of the dialogues may also be uploaded with the electronic entry form, or sent by electronic mail to the following address:13ofestival@(Borra-esto-de-la-direccion), or sent in a document in MS Word format on a CD or 3 ½ inch diskette.
The materials for the selection and all requested information must be received before April 15, 2008. The Selection Committee, composed of recognized profesionnals, is mandated with the task of selecting the materials that will be included in the program of the Festival.
The 13th Festival Internacional de cine para niños (…y no tan niños) provides for participation in four categories of which three will be into competition: fiction or animation features, fiction or animation shorts, and documentaries. The category Shorts made by children of Mexico and other countries will participate in exhibition only.
All materials for projection of selected films during the Festival must be received before June 12, 2008. The shipping costs of the materials will be paid by the applicant.
The Organizing Committe declines any responsibility regarding the format and/or the date of application indicated, and declines as well any responsibility regarding any damaged or lost materials, and therefore recommends not to send any original.
The 13th Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (…y no tan Niños) will be presented in various theaters of the city of Mexico.

The schedule and all relevant information will be made available on the Internet site:

All materials that cannot be uploaded using the online entry form or cannot be sent by electronic mail should be sent by regular mail to the following address:

La Matatena, Asociación de Cine para Niñas y Niños, A.C.
Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (…y no tan Niños)
Av. San Fernando No. 426
Centro Cultural San Fernando
Col. Tlalpan Del. Tlapan C.P. 14000
México, D. F.

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