Colombia's Cartagena Film Festival Appoints New Director

Courtesy of FICCI

Felipe Aljure steps in to lead Latin America’s longest-running film festival.

The Cartagena de Indias Film Festival in Colombia (FICCI) announced that filmmaker and cultural manager Felipe Aljure will be the new artistic director of the fest, the longest running in Latin America.

“The first thing we’ll do is to preserve the legacy this festival has built in its 58 editions, and honor the work of Víctor [Nieto], Mónica [Wagenberg] and Diana [Bustamante], whose directions have kept the festival visible and current,” said Aljure in a statement released by FICCI that describes him as a key player in the making of Colombia’s 2003 film law #814, which established state funding to boost local production and successfully jump-started the country's film industry.

“The festival will always feature good films, contributing guests and deep insights on the circumstances of Colombian, Caribbean, Latin American and international cinemas. We need to defend this forum and make it evolve in the same direction of social, technological and cultural events, to ensure that going to the festival will always be an experience that makes us richer as people, whether as filmmakers, cinephiles or simply film fans who love the city of Cartagena,” he added.

Aljure directed his first film, La gente de La Universal, in 1991, and was the first head of the film office at the Ministry of Culture. He later directed El Colombian Dream (2006) and Tres Escapularios (2015). His international film credits include working as a head of local casting and second unit director for Mike Newell’s Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), production supervisor in Colombia for Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days (2010) and executive producer for James Gray’s The Lost City of Z (2016).

The Cartagena Film Festival’s 59th edition will run March 6–11, 2019.