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The festival of the year

By Jade Arroyo

Without a doubt, the Guanajuato Film Festival was one of the most anticipated cultural and social events of the year—especially this year, when it returned to San Miguel after a year’s absence.

The GIFF was all about films. In its 16th edition, the festival invited Colombia as the guest country and offered all-day free screenings at several venues, along with concerts, workshops, book presentations and a special homage to Mexican actor Fernando Luján.

On the night of July 19 the festival opened with the premiere of the film Fruitvale Station at Cine Los Aldama, a glamorous red-carpet event introducing Mexican and foreign celebrities. The night was filled with lights, people, music, and of course, lots of partying

The post-inauguration event was held in the courtyard of the Instituto Allende, with amazing night views of the Parroquia and the center of the city.
The party-goers were a diverse group of actors, theater people, television personalities, writers, producers, and members of the local cultural scene. The French singer Jeffrey Mpondo was in charge of the musical entertainment, and nearly everyone hit the dance floor to sport their best moves.

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