THE DAZZLING LIGHT OF SUNSET
This first feature by the Portuguese filmmaker was awarded at DocLisboa 2014, received the Jury Prize at Play-Doc – Tui International Documentary Festival 2014, and the Grand Prix Europe at the Brive Film Festival 2015, in addition to the Golden Pudú in Valdivia.
WAITING FOR AUGUST
Teodora Ana Mihai
This film received top prize in FICValdivia 2014. Likewise, it has also been awarded at Budapest 2014 and the prestigious festival Hot Docs, among others.
E AGORA? LEMBRA-ME
In 2013, this became the first feature documentary to receive the Golden Pudú. After this initial award, it collected other honors at Cinema Luso-Brasileiro, in Santa Maria da Feira, in Locarno and in Cineport – Portuguese Film Festival.
DE JUEVES A DOMINGO
In 2012, it became the first Chilean film to receive the top award, since 2004. It went on to win at Rotterdam, Indie Lisboa, Poland New Horizons, Cines del Sur in Granada, and others.
Golden Pudú in 2011, this was its second recognition in the world circuit, after securing Best Opera Prima in Locarno. Afterwards, it was featured in the official selections at Las Palmas, Riviera Maya, BAFICI, Belfort and Rotterdam.
VERANO DE GOLIAT
After obtaining its first distinction at the Orizzonti section in Venice, it received top prize in Valdivia 2010, along with the Critics’ Award. Later, Pereda was the object of retrospectives in Mexico and Colombia, and was included in official selections at Toulouse, BAFICI and Chicago.
Tizza Covi and Rainier Frimmel
In FICValdivia 2009, this movie won its third and fourth international distinctions (Golden Pudú and Audience Award). In the long run, it would receive over 20 accolades around the globe, including in Gijón, Kiev, Angers, Mumbai and Rome. La Pivellina was the Austrian candidate to 2011 Oscars.
AQUEL QUERIDO MES DE AGOSTO
In 2008, the film received the Golden Pudú and the Critics’ Award in Valdivia, its first two prizes. Later, it would go on to collect 15 international awards, including at Vienna, BAFICI, Las Palmas and Guadalajara, while also becoming Portugal’s nominee to the 2009 Oscars.
After obtaining the Golden Pudú in 2007, Zhangke received the Cinema Grand Master Award, at Locarno 2010, the youngest director ever to receive this distinction.
Jean-Pierre Dardenne y Luc Dardenne
LOS LUNES AL SOL
Fernando León de Aranoa
Luiz Fernando Carvalho
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
Alejandro González Iñárritu
In 1994, the Cinema Club at Universidad Austral de Chile organized the first Valdivia Film & Video Festival. This milestone began outlining and giving continuity to an initiative that today spans 30 years of uninterrupted activity.
In 1998, under the direction of Lucy Berkhoff, Valdivia Film & Video was rechristened the Valdivia International Film Festival, setting the bases for a broader, more ambitious project, aimed at supporting and disseminating a program at the forefront of world cinematography, projecting the festival as a fundamental reference point for Chilean cinema.
In November 2006, the Directive Council at Universidad Austral de Chile entrusted the execution of the festival to the Valdivia Cultural Center for Film Promotion (CPCV), which in conjunction with the Great City of Valdivia and the Regional Government, came to insure FICValdivia operations from that moment on.
That same year, renowned Universidad Austral professor Guido Mutis took on the festival’s direction. His great contribution was instituting an authorial vision of cinema. His untimely passing, in 2008, was a hard blow for FICValdivia. In 2010, noted film producer Bruno Bettati assumed as director. His seal was linking the festival to contemporary independent cinema in a more decided manner, internationalizing it, while at the same time strengthening Valdivia as an industry platform
The festival’s current direction, led by Raúl Camargo, has been characterized by strengthening a deeper cohesion between FICValdivia and CPCV actions. Likewise, there has been added emphasis in the relationship between the festival and the regional community in Los Ríos, in the reflection around social issues, and in inclusion, which has translated into a year-round activities program centering on cinema.
FICValdivia has emerged as a meeting ground for the industry, for local and foreign authors, and for increasingly diverse audiences. Each edition of the festival is a new opportunity to gather this necessary plurality of visions, around film.
The Festival’s Official Selection is characterized by a marked authorial tinge and an explicit avant-garde vocation, which has resulted in many movies collecting their first accolades in Valdivia, and going on to receive multiple international awards, increasing, in a short time, the fame of authors and pictures that premiered in front of Chilean audiences.
However, in addition, the festival offers a broad, accessible, and attractive panorama of the audiovisual arts, capable of appealing to the sensitivity and taste of different audiences, to contribute to bringing everyone closer to the phenomenon of cinema.