Festival Internacional de Cine de Oriente (14)


15 Jul 2021
Call for entries

15 Sep 2021
Festival closed

12 Nov 2021
Notification date

11 Nov 2021
15 Nov 2021


Malecón de Guatapé,  053840, Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia

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Festival start: 11 November 2021      Festival end: 15 November 2021

The Festival Internacional de Cine de Oriente (FICO) presents its 14th edition, to be made between the 11th and the 15th of November 2021, in the beautiful town of Guatapé, in the Antioquia region of Colombia.

The Festival Internacional de Cine de Oriente in this edition, recognizes the cinematographic production effort both local, national and international, and its official competition Vitascopio 2021 will be made up of regional, national and international short films to be presented and awarded during the festival.

Under the main theme “Cinema, history and society”, will take place our official competition VITASCOPIO 2021, opening its doors to short film productions in fiction, animation and documentary, which will make part of the main short film competition to be screened along the general program throughout our festival, aiming to promote and stimulate the growth of cinema both in a local level as well as an international one.

The festival presents its awards in the following categories:
- Best International Fiction Short Film
- Best international Documentary Short Film
- Best National Fiction Short Film
- Best National Documentary Short Film
- Best Regional Short Film

Additional to the awards, the festival provides accommodation to the participants of the official selection 2021. The winners can also be awarded with cash prizes, provided by the festival sponsors.

For the 14th edition of the FICO 2021, the main theme of the festival will be “Cinema, history and society” and will be taken into account for judging in all categories including fiction, animation and documentary. The projects presented which do not comply with this theme will not be taken into consideration for the 2021 edition of the festival.

- Entry opening: July 15th 2021
- Entry deadline: September 15th 2021
- Notification date: October 15th 2021
- Festival dates: 11th – 15th 2021

Regional: Productions made in the Antioquia Region
National: Productions made in Colombia (outside of Antioquia)
International: Productions made in any country outside of Colombia.

Duration of the films:
Short films under 30 minutes will be accepted.

International Competition: US $5
National Competition: US $2
Regional Competition: Free

Accepted Formats:
The festival accepts films made in 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or digital form, wich are to be presented digitalized. The screening copy of the film must be delivered in a minimum resolution of 1920x1080 and maximum of 4K, and the accepted formats are .mov and .mp4.
The screening copy of each film will be sent to the director of the official competition by the director or producer of the film and a .srt subtitle file in Spanish or English is required in case the film is made in a language different from Spanish.

Selection criteria:
For judging and selecting the films to be part of the competition, certain criteria will be taken into account, such as the coherence with the required theme, creativity, narrative originality, historic value, script, use of cinematic language, technical quality both in image and sound.

Some relevant aspects to be considered will be:
- Central theme
- Universality
- Cinematographic and historic value
- Cinematic language
- Symbology and metaphore
- The intention we have as promotors of creative processes in the region and the possible impact the film could have, as part of the process of shaping and educating audiences

Legal aspects:
The person responsible for the film (director, producer, distributor, etc) will sign a form regarding the copyright transfer to the festival, in order to screen the film within all the legal requirements stated by the festival and the Colombian law.

The jury will issue a verdict independently in which the winners of each category will be chosen. The awards can’t be declared deserted or non-given and will be handed to the winners on November 14th in the town of Guatapé at around 10pm, moment in which the winners will be announced. The festival will provide the official selection on October 15th announcing the competing short films for each category.



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