Cinema in the highlands in “the most Latin American province of the country”

the province of Jujuy bet 8 years ago to the movies with him International Festival of Heights and from that beginning it has sought to become a meeting point for the seventh art of the Andean region, with the signing of agreements with both provinces and countries in the region and that in this edition is seen in the 120 films that make up its programming .

Since its foundation and with the project clinic, movements have been generated among 60 and 70 million pesos for the local film industrytells in Tlam the general coordinator of the festival, Facundo Moraleswho clarified: “For someone who does not know reality, it seems little. But it changes our lives. It means that there is movement, the creation of ties and many jobs”.

“We have links with the provinces of the region and others in the country. Here there is a NOA production clinic in which, during the first three, 40 projects were trained, of which 15 went to Incaa”synthesized the official of the Festival, after which he enumerated a series of objectives that had been raised in its beginnings and that, little by little, are being fulfilled.

What, Jujuy has signed agreements with Bolivia to participate in the Bolivia Labthe most important instance of the neighboring country for projects in production; another with the ten Argentine Andean provinces for the creation of a film bank to freely shareIn addition to a constant relationship with the rest of the countries through the embassies and the film institutes and the waiting for a provincial law, which will endow both the festival and the Jujuy Film Commission with autonomous funds, and the creation of the Development office.

One of the experiences that take place during the development of the festival / Photo: Edgardo Valera

“We are already seeing the fruits. Morales seal. This year we are going to have the Laboratorio de las Alturas, which is for fiction filmmakers from Jujuy. One of the prizes will be participation in Bolivia Lab, which has a large market in Santa Cruz and La Paz. In December, we signed an agreement with 10 Andean provinces to generate exchange and common projects”.

Although the catalog is not yet printed -it is expected to be in October-, the contents have already been selected.

The expansion
  • There are 50 works, of any type and genre, so that these provinces can exhibit them in the desired format: projection in theaters, festival set-up, streaming or for educational purposes, among others.

To this is added the Imminent sanction of the local film law, which “creates the provincial film institute, with financial and administrative autonomy, with a fund for all the actions of the body, with the Film Commission and the Festival inside, in addition to a photographic archive and audiovisual, for the preservation of heritage”.

The norm also specifically proposes the creation of a platform in which the beneficiary works of the law can be exhibited. The plans are to include films from the Festival, classes and other issues of interest to the sector.

Music with roots in the Andean region present in the film exhibition Photo Edgardo Valera
Music with roots in the Andean region present in the film exhibition / Photo: Edgardo Valera

“Every time we are happier with what is produced in this part of the world. Putting it in value is an objective that the Jujuy Film Commission has set for itself, which manages the needs of a production that decides to film in the province. seen many productions in the province”Morales stamp.

One of the objectives that has been set is to exploit the landscapes that Jujuy has, which range from the jungles of the Yungas and the arid Puna, to the Andean steppe and the color of the hills. That is why in recent years there have been shootings like the one in “Pipa”, with Luisiana Lopilato for Netflix, “My Masterpiece”, by Gastón Duprat, and the award-winning “Carnaval”, by Juan Pablo Flix.

Morales listed 70 productions since 2017, including movies and commercials, which generated a lot of work. They are grains of sand that have not only generated a movement in the industry, but also in everything that surrounds it, such as the hotel industry. , transfers and gastronomy”.

he knows

“Here we also have the Enerc headquarters since 2015. There are already almost 100 graduates since the birth of the school. Everything listed is going to consolidate the work that has been done and empower the activity with more resources. The idea is that this transcend a governmentMorales was excited, in the middle of a festival that culminates on September 11 and in which the local cinephile tries to overcome the barriers put up by a time where platforms and superhero tanks have devoured much of the audiovisual cake.

As for the Festival, with the idea of ​​decentralizing it from the capital, the Tilcara and Palpal venues have been created, in addition to taking the Traveling Cinema to four other towns in the province. Among the offers outside the room are workshops and talks, as well as a 3D experience in the Plaza España in San Salvador.

For Morales, Jujuy is “the most Latin American province in the country” and this makes it an attraction for the Festival, where films that are outside the commercial circuit are screened, but whose peculiarity is that they do not have the Andes as a central theme.

“We believe -he maintained- that these are countries with a different cinematography. This is the only festival that values ​​the cinema that is made in the Andes, and I am not talking about thematic, but that they are produced and directed by artists from these countries”.

No classes in the whole pa


The governor Gerardo Morales, Together with his wife, Dr. Tulia Snopek de Morales, they participated in the ceremony where a plaque was unveiled in the Auditrium Cinema room. July Lencinain honor of the audiovisual trajectory in the province.

The governor greeted the daughters of Lencina and the audiovisual community

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