The festival’s objective is to bring together film makers, the public and the international film community. This festival has become a platform for the work of new talents in Mexican cinema, as well as offering yet another expression of cultural for the Mexican and international public, and an unmatched display of the riches Michoacan has to offer.
As well as gaining a reputation among critics worldwide, the festival has become the perfect model for exploiting Morelia’s tourism and cultural potential alongside other celebrations throughout the year.
Every year, the Morelia Film Fest (FICM) celebrates the career of an important figure from Mexican cinema born in Michoacan. It also welcomes world-famous guest directors including Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry, Todd Haynes, Werner Herzog, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Gus Van Sant, among others. A partnership has also been established between this event and Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. As such, selections of films from Critics’ Week are on offer every year at the festival in Michoacan.
Since 2008, the FICM has been officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the USA, and, as a result, short feature film winners in the Fiction and Animation categories are eligible to be entered for the Oscars®.
The FICM’s activities throughout the year are rounded off with movie cycles, open-air performances, workshops, conferences, round tables and exhibitions in Morelia, Patzcuaro and Mexico City. An absolute must for film buffs and lovers of culture.