Gramado Film Festival reaches its 50th edition

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The Gramado Film Festival, one of the biggest events of its kind in Brazil, started this week and until the 20th will promote face-to-face meetings and bring discussions about the universe of the seventh art. In an interview with CNN Marcos Santuario, curator of the Festival, highlighted the expectation of the event that marks the golden anniversary.

“It’s one of the biggest in the last decades because of the return to the presence of an event that has an important characteristic (…) It’s not just a festival, it’s not just film screenings. It is also the meeting, debate and exchange between the entire audiovisual chain and the people who admire this process, being the final target audience of the production process.”

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The curator explained that by looking through the decades it is possible to review the history of the country mixed with that of the festival and praises the importance of audiovisual in social construction: whether long or short, the material being produced in Brazil and abroad represents the plurality of people and places on the big screen.

In fact, Gramado has followed the trend already seen in Cannes and at the Oscars itself and absorbs the productions of on-demand content. “I would say that today you cannot think about the audiovisual without thinking about the existence of streaming”, emphasizes Santuário about the Festival being connected with what is happening in the world.

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New to this edition is the use of TikTok. The festival created the challenge to celebrate 50 years. Content creators on the platform will make a 3-minute short film. The best video will be presented to the public and the creator will still receive an award. The idea came after the partnership between the app and the 75th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival this year.

“This also shows that we are absolutely attuned to this technological moment and believing that we do not need to create conflicts between platforms and movie theaters, but rather find viability so that these realities can live, for the good of the audiovisual and for the good of the creative industry. of the audiovisual sector, which employs so many people and is also responsible for a very important cultural economy.”

Throughout the week, 19 features will be presented, seven in the national show, seven in the international one and five in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 14 Brazilian shorts and 17 gaucho shorts. This year, the task of selecting the films was up to Santuário, actress Dira Paes, and Argentine actress and singer Soledad Villamil.

* Under supervision by Elis Franco

Source: CNN Brasil

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