Over 29 years, Toulouse has emerged as a distinct hub for Latin American cinema in France and Europe. The region has a significant Latin American community, in addition to hosting many students who are a large part of the festival audience. The Cinelatino festival is organized by ARCALT (Association Rencontres Cinemas d’Amerique Latine de Toulouse), whose president is Francis Saint-Dizier.
The 29th edition of Cinelatino had three competition sections: features (twelve films), documentaries (seven), and short films (nine), with all titles coming from Latin American countries. In addition, the audience could enjoy a panorama of other programs, including classics, work by female directors, and special sections devoted to director Oscar Campo, the Cali Group and Cali founding member Luis Ospina.
Cinelatino presented an appealing variety of new films. The feature competition was dominated by Chile, which was represented by four films; Brazil and Colombia had two films each, while the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba each presented one film. A striking aspect of this selection was the youth of the directors, many of them making their first or second features. However, these were in fact very good films which had already gained international recognition, having been selected and awarded at important festivals such as Venice, Rotterdam, Havana and Guadalajara.(Bojidar Manov, edited by Lesley Chow)