CineToro Experimental Film Festival

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CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL look different And here, somewhere, there is an eye capable of imagining whatever it is. The Art of Vision, Stan Brakhage As Jonas Mekas said, on the occasion of the centenary of cinema: “The true history of cinema is the invisible history, a story of friends getting together doing what they love. For us, cinema is just beginning, with each new hum of the projector, with each new hum of our cameras our hearts rise forward, my friends ”. A story of friends, in the city of Toro, who wondered what to do with the legacy of the graphic archive of José María Castro gave rise to the formation of the experimental film festival CINETORO, a question that changes shape and has been expanding for now fourteen years. CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL is a space dedicated to the circulation, creation of works, content and the training of experimental filmmakers; seeks to share the innovation of independent production in the world while building bridges between local and national filmmakers with the most prominent national and international filmmakers. CINETORO celebrates aesthetic diversity, new narratives, new media and formats; commitment to programming that evokes the strict sense of an expanded image: the audiovisual work as media plurality, which investigates, problematizes, and seeks to provoke reflection on social and historical contexts, technology and art, interaction, dialogue, space, time. Citing Gene Youngblood and his expanded cinema as that set of narrative material experiments, space -temporal, social, sexual, multi-screen, multi-projection- multi-perspective. Those of us who make CINETORO understand experimental cinema, as one that has limits and horizons beyond the perimeter of spectacularity, technical correctness, themes and forms that are on the agenda: an imperfect cinema, according to Julio García Espinosa , which accepts its artisan condition and joins Richard Sennett's request for the recovery of consciousness of corporeality. A cinema in which poetry and art converge, which reflects, problematizes and questions the construction of the image: its production models, its technique and its materials. A cinema that conceives the performativity of the images it puts in the world, which is the bottle in the message and turns chaos into cosmos. A cinema to which all the images that preceded it belong because it is an archive of itself. A cinema with a territorial imprint, which designs itself and then speaks out to the world. CINETORO EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL invites independent artists, filmmakers, producers and distributors to submit their films and participate in the creation of the 2021 curatorship under the motto: THE RETURN TO ORIGIN. “Knowledge is the water itself, it is born in the water hole, it runs freely, encountering thousands of streams until it forms the great river, until it reaches the sea, but that this does not end, it is always in permanent return; this is how our knowledge is acquired as being Misak who never has an end understood as the passing of time or the spiral " Taita Avelino Dagua Source: Public Library Misak Misak ala kusreik ya Among all the stories that reflect the appearance of wonder in the city of Toro, we chose this one: legend has it that in the 1980s, after a time of drought, stubborn fishermen set out to sail the Cauca one day when the river was below its normal level. And what was a daily activity in the region turns into something fantastic. These fishermen took a secret out of the river: they found fossil remains of a baby mammoth. At the beginning of the 90s, this history was characteristic of the city and now the remains can be seen in the House of Culture of the Municipality of Toro. In the bone found, a femur, there was also an arrow, which apparently is what would have killed the animal. This finding could show that the antecedents of human life on our continent would be much earlier than we think. We love this story for several reasons: it talks about the city, its inhabitants and its activities; urges us to find the fantastic in everyday actions and in our territories; it prompts us to search for buried truths because it teaches us that movement is the only constant; it shows us a gateway to time within time. We hope this story is just as inspiring for you and bring us your materials. What is for you a possible return to the origin? Topics: #founding #natural resources #tracks in the past #wonderfulness under the river #hidden treasure #excavations # imprinted information in nature #conservation problems #political will to unearth #the stubborn #prehistory #tributary course change #eternal return # archive images #from painting to cinema #original image #close up to the earth #care of the environment #identity and territory #natural treasure #diversity #visual poetry #movement is the only constant Sections: Cinetoro Art: "Excavations" Official National Selection: "The original image" International Official Selection "Findings" Animation Selection "Hidden Treasure" Emerging: "The Origin" Conservatorship criteria: The Curatorship consists of 50 short film works, compiled in 5 sections, aimed at different audiences in multiple formats and genres. This is a Film Festival aimed at filmmakers who experiment and challenge both aesthetic and narrative and material limits. The works chosen seek to question, among other things, the cinematographic medium. The interest lies in promoting a type of cinema that is open from traditional circuits and that demonstrates the infinite possibilities that are immersed in the moving image. We want to take into account the experimental video as a path towards current criticism, towards the recognition of the environment, identity, territory and especially the value of interdisciplinarity that the artist's contribution to the diverse forms of cinema entails. Our main interest is to train audiences around the analysis, meaning and value of the image today. In this, experimental cinema has much to contribute: alternative forms of narration, the intellectual movement so close to the plastic arts, the formulation of concepts and even in some cases an interest in the process, rather than the result. Education and pedagogy is another basic branch in the curatorial process: audiovisual works compete in a spectrum in which reflection on current issues is basic, in the same way as reflection on the tool itself, the movie theater. The program includes 5 sections where the contents of national works are compiled, a diverse selection that contemplates a diverse look at the current situation of the country's film production, starting from the experimental model, as the central axis, but which also includes new initiatives and creative emergencies and academic and professional tradition.


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