Gibara International Film Festival
The small town of Gibara plays host to this popular film festival that, for one week each April, transforms this mostly ignored northern coastal town into the buzzing cultural nerve centre of Cuba. Apart from film and documentary screenings, the festival involves live music, theatre performances, art exhibitions, and debates on film-making and post-production.
Focus of the festival
Formerly known as the Gibara Low-Budget Film Festival, the event was recently renamed to be more inclusive and to not discriminate between independent and commercial, main-stream and avant-garde, first and third world film catergories. The emphasis of the festival is to remain as an alternative to larger international film festivals, and to ignore labels and focus on recognizing and celebrating the creativity, artistry, and technical excellence of filmmakers, actors, and technicians around the world.
The Humberto Solas Award
Importance is still given, however, to the special low-budget category of films, with a specific and prestigious prize awarded in the name of Cuba's most revered filmmaker, Humberto Solas, who made most of his films on very limited budgets, to the winner of this category. The fact that the festival is still held in Gibara, and not in a main city in Cuba, also maintains the notion of supporting the alternative instead of simply following the main-stream.
The prizes awarded at the Gibara film festival are called Lucias, paying homage to the film directed by Humberto Solas that, filmed in Gibara in 1968 is considered one of Cuba's most important. Apart from the low-budget category, the other awards are in the categories of: Best Direcion, Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance.
For more information on the Gibara International Film Festival and to see how to attend or participate as an entrant, you can head to the oficial festival website