Since the Raindance Film Festival started including a section dedicated to Mexican cinema in its program, they have received great support from FICG. This inclusion of Mexican cinema, and initiative created by David Martínez and Mariela Velasco within the festival, was conformed of a fine selection of Mexican works curated by Gerardo Salcedo, one of Guadalajara’s programmers.
From that point forward the bond between the two festivals has strengthened in order to collaborate in favor of Mexican cinema. In the last few years there have been efforts to develop coproductions between Mexico and the United Kingdom, using both cities London and Guadalajara as launching pads. This year the collaboration between the two festivals takes another step forward and for the first time Raindance visits Mexico.
It’s and honor for Raindance Film Festival to be an industry guest at FICG to participate in its 2015 edition during all the activities of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Elliot Grove, founder and director of Raindance Film Festival, arrived in Mexico for the first time to be part of the panel “Market and Industry: How to get started in the film industry?” and the roundtable on “Funds and Market.”
This visit also has the objective of securing and closing agreements between the two festivals to create a “Coproduction Encounter” for the upcoming “Independent Cinema Mexico-United Kingdom 2015” in London, as part of several industry events during the 2015 Raindance
Film Festival 2015. This event seeks to create coproductions between the film industries of Mexico and the United Kingdom.