Valparaiso Film Festival to Radicalize Archival Focus, Awarded "protected" Status from National Arts Council
25 November 2005
The Valparaiso Film Festival, organized by the Valparaiso Foundation and DUOC Institute, closed its 9th version with significant developments regarding the future of the event.
Festival IX had been postponed 4 months from its traditional date--the last week of August--to allow for Congress to complete implementation of the new Chilean Film Fomentation Law, which includes an item designed to protect Chile's four premier film festivals: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Valdivia, and Santiago.
Nonetheless, Alfredo Barria, Director of the Valparaiso Film Festival, had cast certain doubts about our festival's compatability with the terms of the new legislation, due to the fact that ours is a festival dedicated primarily to the recuperation of film heritage and the law explicity conditions festivals to concentrate on the "industrialization of the Chilean Film industry."
Barria expressed such concerns during his opening speech last Friday night, announcing: "Whatever happens, we will not abandon our focus on film heritage and, if anything, we will radicalize it."
The festival ended on a terrific note, with Chilean Cultural Minister, Jose Weinstein, joining Barria, Jorge Martinez (DUOC) and Valparaiso Foundation Director Todd Temkin on stage for the Santiaguillo Award Ceremony. In his closing speech, Minister Weinstein assured the festival's faithful:
"This remains one of Chile's most unique and important cultural events and its protected status is not in doubt."
"The Chilean National Arts Council will continue to support the Valparaiso Film Festival via direct assignation, as permited in the terms of the new law. This means you will always know you have a base from which to develop your annual budget."
"We will also coordinate our efforts in terms of national film restoration in such a way as to use this festival as our window to the world."
A jubilant faithful received Alfredo Barría's final words, "We will see you all again for festival X on our traditional date. See you the last week of August!"