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The GIFF Opening Night

Sara Hoch

Richard Schiltz y Anado McLauchlin

Ricardo Villarreal, Dolores Heredia, Juan José Álvarez

Guadalupe Álvarez y Sara Hoch

By Jesús Aguado

Pictures by: GIFF, Sara Hoch, Adriana Paradiez, and Jesús Aguado

The Guanajuato International Film Festival started on Friday, July 22, and it projected more than 400 short films and movies during its five days in San Miguel de Allende.

Elephant the Horse was projected for more than 300 children and adults who paraded down the red carpet into in the Ángela Peralta Theater. Later at Casa de Cultura BANAMEX, homage actress Dolores Heredia gave a talk about her career as an actress as well as her work as president of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and Cinematographic Arts.

At the Jardín Principal, admirers of movies and spectacles gathered and paraded on the red carpet, waiting for Japanese actress Kaori Momoi and Dolores Heredia, who left calle Aldama in a parade accompanied by mojigangas and huge stars made of colored paper—like those used for the alborada (dawn) last September.

During the inauguration, director of GIFF Sara Hoch assured that the Festival would project more than 400 short films and movies. Heredia and Momoi received the Silver Cross from the Festival and were appointed Distinguished Visitors to the city by Mayor Ricardo Villarreal. The actresses each received a key with tassels and ornaments made by artisan José Cruz.

After the inauguration and the tribute, special guests attended a party by invitation only, while in the Jardín, Mr Pig was projected.

The Festival continues in Guanajuato City until Sunday, Aug 31. For more information visit


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