Ayacucho, Argentina


15 Jul 2020

Published: 11 Jun 2020
 Does NOT have submission fees
Short films



The Rural Film Festival arises in the city of Ayacucho in 2016 as an initiative from the Culture Directorate so that cinema and especially audiovisual in general can be consumed as passive spectators and we can train ourselves as active producers of productions to apply in the various formats that this communication tool allows us.

The audiovisual work area does not belong exclusively to the artistic sphere, but can also be applied according to educational, environmental, scientific, technological, political, business and commercial disciplines, to give some examples. Below we list some of the central ideas, according to time and resources, that have been and will be developed within this space:

- Direction and general coordination of the Rural Film Festival.
- Promotion and promotion of the cinema room and alternative projection spaces.
- Linking and cooperation between rural and urban schools.
- Generation of socio-educational projects in schools, institutes and training centers.
- Dictation of courses and training open to the community.
- Production of audiovisual content and resources for dependencies of the Municipality.
- Production of local short films that cover fiction stories and social problems such as agroecology, the environment, pesticides, rural work, gender violence, bullying and cyberbullying, drugs, abortion, school dropout, gender perspective, among others.
- Teacher training in all stages of audiovisual development.

Since 2014 we have been developing the construction of a cultural capital from the audiovisual tools. We started working on the identity of our social context and produced local short films with rural themes. The call exceeded our expectations and last year we included a parallel exhibition of Ayacuchense shorts with concerns that went beyond the rural, more than 25 local short films were part of the program.

The Festival establishes a training and constant accompaniment program at the beginning of the school year, providing practical and theoretical audiovisual production tools for those who join this initiative. We refer to teachers and students from rural and urban schools, institutions, neighborhood offices, organizations and / or any type of group or collective that wishes to participate.

Our idea for this year is to continue with the work that we have been doing and to promote this program within the school curriculum to make it easier for teachers, who are the fundamental engine of coordination and production, to attend training, apply TICS (Technology of Information and Communication) promoted by the Ministry of Education of the Nation, motivate the work together with other teachers and link subjects, propose the use of audiovisual as an effective and modern pedagogical tool to develop educational content.

It is also important to highlight that in the middle of the month of March of each year we launch an open call at the national level for fiction and non-fiction short films that cover the Rural from their form and / or content. Our intention is to get to know and enrich ourselves with high quality technical and formal productions from other parts of our country and we propose the city of Ayacucho as a meeting point and space for these projections.

This experience has taught us to see a little beyond the projection of local, regional or national audiovisuals that address issues related to rural areas or their communities. It became a much bigger phenomenon around the initially proposed audiovisual festival. We are mobilized by the need to seek the promotion, consolidation and sustainability of a space that not only seeks to generate identity, awareness, value of culture, but also to place emphasis on human and commercial relations that derive from this massive meeting that It serves as a showcase to make visible goods, services, trades for the benefit of the community.

On the other hand, as a foundation of the festival, it seeks to promote the integration of our community with people and groups that, convened by the audiovisual and by the social event that the festival represents, come to our city, from nearby towns and from other cities and provinces of our country. At this point we will make a parenthesis this year since we are going through a pandemic due to COVID-19 but we are confident that these links can be established through digital communication at a distance.

Finally, we believe that in a world that moves under the paradigm of the visual, it is essential to form a critical view of the image, since its power transcends the merely artistic and is directly connected to the political, aesthetic and social plane.

We will use audiovisuals as a construction tool committed to our social context and in accordance with sustainable production mechanisms, considering communication channels and current technology.

When we talk about audiovisual expressions we include, of course, cinema but also television, cell phone, Internet, social networks, digital screens and all kinds of audiovisual technologies and aesthetics. We will approach the audiovisual understood as an object to think about and in constant transformation.

The audiovisual constitutes a specific field of knowledge that contributes to the elaboration and understanding of this type of discourses. It is necessary, from our intervention, to guarantee access to a symbolic language, essential to travel the world around us and build new images and sounds of our time, making audiovisual language a social reflection, this being a necessary task for the development of society, the strengthening of democracy, equity and access to culture and work.

During the days in which the Festival takes place, not only are short films screened, but also training workshops, talks and debates, a meeting of filmmakers, an exhibition of feature films and samples out of competition.

We understand this as a way to promote local artistic-social production and reflection by virtue of promoting cultural pluralism and integrating our community.

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Photo of Festival Nacional de Cine Rural de Ayacucho
Photo of Festival Nacional de Cine Rural de Ayacucho
Photo of Festival Nacional de Cine Rural de Ayacucho
Photo of Festival Nacional de Cine Rural de Ayacucho

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