Cinelebu 2022 surprises with a parity, inclusive, online and territorial programming

Culture plays a fundamental role in promoting inclusion in all its aspects; a duty that in recent years has had as an example the Lebu International Film Festival through work with indigenous communities and women’s groups, children’s workshops, use of subtitles and sign language or the equal formation of its juries.
The 2022 version that will be held from February 11 to 19 in hybrid format will not be the exception, thus contributing to the approach of audiovisual art to various audiences throughout the national territory, and also abroad through its sub-headquarters in Argentina, Spain, Cuba and Guatemala. Along these lines, this year Cinelebu will exhibit an online cycle of inclusive films for children in collaboration with Chileactores and Fundación Gestionarte. These are the films “31 minutos”, “Ogú y Mampato en Rapa Nui”, “Papelucho y el marciano” and “Selkirk, el verdadero Robinson Crusoe” with sign language, self-descriptive audio and subtitles in Spanish.
This year also highlights the participation of two invited film competitions: the Curta Cinema Festival of Brazil and the Documentary Festival of Chiloé with a sample of the most applauded titles of their latest versions.
In addition, Cinelebu 2022 has continued with its associative management through collaborating institutions such as GAM, Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho, Museo Violeta Parra, ChileActores, Universidad de Concepción, UCSC and Teatro Biobío.
The social and training seal also includes the result of community experiences such as the children’s stop motion workshop “Moldeando Sueños”, the “Mujeres Cinelebu” program and “Corto Escuela Acción” with schoolchildren in the province. Already in the professional field, activities such as master class, LAB Cinelebu and Wip Cinelebu consultancies are added.
The inauguration of the event will be held on Friday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the BocaLebu sector of Lebu and in the format of Autocine. There will be exhibited the short documentary “La huella” about the drummer of Los Jaivas, Juanita Parra; which will be followed by a live performance of the national band soon to celebrate 60 years of experience.
It is worth noting that the qualifying contest for the Oscar awards for fiction and animation short films has the contribution of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, the Regional Government and the municipalities of Lebu, Cañete, Contulmo and Concepción; in addition to the Biobío Theater, space where the closing ceremony will be held.

Competition with a joint jury
On the other hand, in the last decade, the Lebu International Film Festival has been a pioneer in the joint formation of its juries for the competition that this year includes nine categories: International Fiction, Regional Fiction, International Documentary, Regional Documentary, Specialized Press, Video Clip, International Animation, WIP Cinelebu (work in progress), and Contribution to Culture.
In this year’s juries, the presence of renowned female figures such as the national actresses Marcela Medel and Claudia Pérez stands out; the filmmakers Tania Honorato and Isabel Orellana, the producer Flor Urbina;  the Cuban director Orisel Castro, the director of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, Susana Molina; Mexican producer Erika Ávila; journalist Carolina Gutiérrez; director of the Cultural Center of Ñuñoa, Paulina Tranchino; the member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States, Linda Olszewski, the Mexican executive producer Ari del Castillo; or the Spanish production director, Belli Ramírez; to name a few
Other names that stand out in the list of jurors are the Spanish director winner of the Goya, Javier Marco; screenwriter José Ignacio Valenzuela; the creator and director of the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Ailton Franco; the director of Awards & Global PR (USA) Álvar Carretero; Guatemalan producer and director Elías Jiménez; journalist Christian Ramírez; the Argentine composer Osvaldo Montes (“Tango feroz”, “El lado oscuro del corazón”); the musician Gonzalo Yáñez; animator and screenwriter Thomas Wells; the founder and director of Festhome, Moisés Tuñón; the American expert in film technology, Henry Santos; the cultural manager Andrés García; the academic Sergio Trabucco, or the Colombian colorist Diego Yhama; among others.
Territorial presence in drive-in format
Extending its work to different parts of the province of Arauco has been the mission of Cinelebu since its inception in 1999. For your twentiethSecond version highlights the realization of drive-in cinema days with three daily functions in Lebu (February 11 to 13) Cañete (February 14 and 15) Contulmo (February 16 and 17) and Concepción (February 18 and 19).
There residents and visitors of the area who register in will be able to enjoy a cycle of feature films with the films “Official Competition”, “The Burning Look”, “Our Brothers Dream Awake”, “Charm”, “Great Avenue”,
One of the milestones of the drive-in cycle will be the debut of the film “Immersion”, which will have its premiere in Contulmo, commune in which it was filmed. The film directed by Nicolás Postiglioni has a cast headed by Alfredo Castro, Consuelo Carreño, Michael Silva and Mariela Mignot. This exclusive film evening with limited access will also include the preview of the film “El pa (de) siente” by Constanza Fernández and starring Héctor Noguera.
“Immersion” presents the story of Ricardo, who decides to embark on a journey with his two daughters to his family’s house by a lake in southern Chile. In the middle of the break, and on board a yacht, they suddenly see three young fishermen who ask them for help because water is entering their boat, however, Ricardo refuses to help them, because he considers them suspicious. To the annoyance of one of his daughters, the man insists that they must stay safe, while assuming that their prejudices have also had to do with a decision that will be only the beginning of an experience that can become even more dangerous.
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