The Expresión en Corto International Film Festival is an annual international film festival, held since 1997 during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
As a state-sponsored, non-profit organization and cultural event that does not charge admission to its viewing audience, the festival estimates an attendance of over 77,000 total audience members and receives over 1,500 works from more than 88 participating countries in its international competition. It presents a variety of films, conferences, workshops, tributes and activities at no cost to the visiting public.
Expresión en Corto has paid homage to both National and International filmmakers, including: Tim Burton, Kenneth Anger, Oliver Stone, Irvin Kershner, Gaspar Noé, Felipe Cazals, Josefina Echanove, Patricia Reyes Espinola, Diana Bracho, María Rojo, Miguel Zacarías, Rafael Inclán, Julio Alemán, Don Manuel Esperón and Marga López, to name a few.
In association with Women In Film and Television International, Expresión en Corto celebrates cinema’s most accomplished women. Past honorees have included: Brigitte Broch, Katy Jurado, Angélica Aragón, Gloria Schoemann, Carmen Montejo, Silvia Pinal, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Ofelia Medina, Carla Estrada y Maria Elena Velasco, to name a few.
The festival hosts an annual International Pitching Market, bringing together international producers, distributors and diverse film financing institutions from around the world who are interested in participating in co-productions with the top Mexican feature and documentary projects currently in development.
World-recognized film institutions that have participated in the past include: Cannes Film Festival, Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Festival de Cine de Huesca, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Canal+, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Texas Archive of the Moving Image, Frameline, Outfest, MIX NYC, South by Southwest, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Institute and the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin film departments.
This year the festival tackles the theme of “Identity”, or the identification or representation of a country or culture through its historic film heritage.