Cinetoro Expèrimental Film Festival


21 May 2021
Call for entries

21 Jul 2021
Festival closed

10 Sep 2021
Notification date

23 Nov 2021
28 Nov 2021


Calle 2B # 66-52 apto 301H,  760035, Toro, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 20'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2020
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 20'<
 Any language
Spanish English
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Festival start: 23 November 2021      Festival end: 28 November 2021

looking different

And here, somewhere, there is an eye capable of imagining whatever it is.
The Art of Vision, Stan Brakhage
As Jonas Mekas said, on the occasion of the centenary of cinema: “The true history of cinema is the invisible history, a story of friends getting together doing what they love. For us, cinema is just beginning, with each new hum of the projector, with each new hum of our cameras our hearts rise forward, my friends ”. A story of friends, in the city of Toro, who wondered what to do with the legacy of the graphic archive of José María Castro gave rise to the formation of the experimental film festival CINETORO, a question that changes shape and has been expanding for now fourteen years.
CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL is a space dedicated to the circulation, creation of works, content and the training of experimental filmmakers; seeks to share the innovation of independent production in the world while building bridges between local and national filmmakers with the most prominent national and international filmmakers.
CINETORO celebrates aesthetic diversity, new narratives, new media and formats; commitment to programming that evokes the strict sense of an expanded image: the audiovisual work as media plurality, which investigates, problematizes, and seeks to provoke reflection on social and historical contexts, technology and art, interaction, dialogue, space, time. Citing Gene Youngblood and his expanded cinema as that set of narrative material experiments, space -temporal, social, sexual, multi-screen, multi-projection- multi-perspective.
Those of us who make CINETORO understand experimental cinema, as one that has limits and horizons beyond the perimeter of spectacularity, technical correctness, themes and forms that are on the agenda: an imperfect cinema, according to Julio García Espinosa , which accepts its artisan condition and joins Richard Sennett's request for the recovery of consciousness of corporeality. A cinema in which poetry and art converge, which reflects, problematizes and questions the construction of the image: its production models, its technique and its materials. A cinema that conceives the performativity of the images it puts in the world, which is the bottle in the message and turns chaos into cosmos. A cinema to which all the images that preceded it belong because it is an archive of itself. A cinema with a territorial imprint, which designs itself and then speaks out to the world.

Awards & Prizes
Grand Prix: SANTORO statuette. Dynamic sculpture created by the master Carlos Santa, which symbolizes experimentation as a constantly evolving creative act.

*ÉCPHASIS EDITORIAL PROJECT: This binational project aims to establish an exchange between Colombia and Argentina, in which 20 high-quality experimental films from both countries will be reinterpreted by poets from the other. The texts will be compiled into a bilingual book that will be published in virtual format first, on a Web page, and eventually printed On Demand. This project is the result of the international alliance between the following organizations: CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, EDITORIAL COLEGIO JOSÉ MAX LEÓN, EDITORIAL ECHARPEN EDITORIAL ARTIVIVE. Exclusive for Colombian and Argentine films

CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL invites independent artists, filmmakers, producers and distributors to submit their films and participate in the creation of the 2021 curatorship under the motto: THE RETURN TO ORIGIN.

“Knowledge is the water itself, it is born in the water hole, it runs freely, encountering thousands of streams until it forms the great river, until it reaches the sea, but that this does not end, it is always in permanent return; this is how our knowledge is acquired as being Misak who never has an end understood as the passing of time or the spiral "
Taita Avelino Dagua
Source: Public Library Misak Misak ala kusreik ya

Among all the stories that reflect the appearance of wonder in the city of Toro, we chose this one: legend has it that in the 1980s, after a time of drought, stubborn fishermen set out to sail the Cauca one day when the river was below its normal level. And what was a daily activity in the region turns into something fantastic. These fishermen took a secret out of the river: they found fossil remains of a baby mammoth. At the beginning of the 90s, this history was characteristic of the city and now the remains can be seen in the House of Culture of the Municipality of Toro. In the bone found, a femur, there was also an arrow, which apparently is what would have killed the animal. This finding could show that the antecedents of human life on our continent would be much earlier than we think. We love this story for several reasons: it talks about the city, its inhabitants and its activities; urges us to find the fantastic in everyday actions and in our territories; it prompts us to search for buried truths because it teaches us that movement is the only constant; it shows us a gateway to time within time.

We hope this story is just as inspiring for you and bring us your materials. What is for you a possible return to the origin?

#founding #natural resources #tracks in the past #wonderfulness under the river #hidden treasure #excavations # imprinted information in nature #conservation problems #political will to unearth #the stubborn #prehistory #tributary course change #eternal return # archive images #from painting to cinema #original image #close up to the earth #care of the environment #identity and territory #natural treasure #diversity #visual poetry #movement is the only constant

Conservatorship criteria:

The Curatorship consists of 50 short film works, compiled in 5 sections, aimed at different audiences in multiple formats and genres. This is a Film Festival aimed at filmmakers who experiment and challenge both aesthetic and narrative and material limits. The works chosen seek to question, among other things, the cinematographic medium.

The interest lies in promoting a type of cinema that is open from traditional circuits and that demonstrates the infinite possibilities that are immersed in the moving image.

We want to take into account the experimental video as a path towards current criticism, towards the recognition of the environment, identity, territory and especially the value of interdisciplinarity that the artist's contribution to the diverse forms of cinema entails.

Our main interest is to train audiences around the analysis, meaning and value of the image today. In this, experimental cinema has much to contribute: alternative forms of narration, the intellectual movement so close to the plastic arts, the formulation of concepts and even in some cases an interest in the process, rather than the result.

Education and pedagogy is another basic branch in the curatorial process: audiovisual works compete in a spectrum in which reflection on current issues is basic, in the same way as reflection on the tool itself, the movie theater.

The program includes 5 sections where the contents of national works are compiled, a diverse selection that contemplates a diverse look at the current situation of the country's film production, starting from the experimental model, as the central axis, but which also includes new initiatives and creative emergencies and academic and professional tradition.

Rules & Terms
We accept works with challenging and diverse content, but we do not support misogynistic, sexist, racist, classist and homophobic works in any of their forms.
• The works should last from 1 to 20 minutes.
• The works must have been completed between 2020 and 2021.
• International works of non-Hispanic language must have subtitles in Spanish.
• Works in Spanish works must have english subtitles.
• The Films must have the rights over all the artistic material that appears in the work.
• The Festival gives priority to national and international premieres of the films.
• Films that are not properly registered will not be accepted.
• The owners of the selected films consent that they be shown both in a physical venue and in the possible virtual exhibition that could be held this year.
• The festival commits to circulate the selected films in our allied festivals: Alucine Media Art Latin Fest, Cinemattic, without exclusive distribution rights.
• CINETORO understands that the person responsible for the work (director, producer, distributor) is the owner of the distribution and copyright. The festival is based on the good faith of those responsible for registration and under no circumstances is responsible for disputes over the rights of the music, the image or the authorship of the work or the elements that compose it.
• The festival does not pay exhibition fees.
The selected works will be notified by email and published on our website on September 4 of 2020.
The selected works, once notified, must send the following files to the festival organization through the Internet, within the deadlines required for film traffic control:
• Digital file in .MOV / MP4 format (1920 X 1080) in its original resolution with H.264 compression scheme or greater than 6 seconds. // DCP file "Flat" 1: 85: 1 (Optional)

• AUTHORIZATION: Work Use License (completed and signed) the organization will provide format through as soon as the film is selected.
• Poster of the work in JPG 72dpi format in its original size
• 1 Photograph of the director of work in JPG 72dpi format
• 2 frames of the work in JPG 72dpi format
• The photographs and advertising material of the work will be used by the organization of the festival in order to promote the participation of the work within the framework of the festival and the activities of the festival.
• Project trailer (Optional)

• By signing the registration form, the filmmaker authorizes CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL to use all promotional materials presented, including, but not limited to, still-frames, descriptions, director's biography and film screening history in any and all forms of media for the express purpose of promoting and advertising the festival. Please note that the CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL may ask filmmakers for permission to use clips from the officially selected films for television and Internet advertising. However, the festival will limit the footage to less than a minute and will not authorize the television broadcast of any work without the direct consent of the filmmaker and / or producers.



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