Friends & Neighbors: Mexico

Shorts | 70 min.

Recommended ages: 7+

Join us in warmly welcoming our friends and neighbors to the south, Mexico’s Morelia International Film Festival, who recently celebrated their 15th anniversary! We’re showcasing and saluting shorts that innovatively highlight Latin American culture and demonstrate that art has no borders.

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Shorts in this lineup:


Mexico | Animation
Anna Cetti & Guicho Nuñez; 2017, 4 min.

A little girl recognizes that buzz and hum are essential to all life in this cross-pollinating tale.

Creativity Does Not Recognize Walls

La Creatividad no Reconoce Muros

Mexico | Animation
Fernando Campos; 2017, 2 min.

Art knows no boundaries, as this lovely animation commissioned by the Pixelatl Festival seeks to show us.

Elena and the Shadows

Elena y las sombras

Mexico | Animation
César Cepeda; 2016, 7 min.

Elena’s old neighborhood is empty and lonely until Félix enters her orbit and shows her how to access other universes.

Far from Home

Lejos de Casa

Mexico | Live Action
Mayra Veliz; 2016, 13 min.

in Spanish, with English subtitles

Risa is a Japanese teenager on a visit to Mexico. When she ends up lost in a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, a local boy tries to help her find her way.

A Hole

El Agujero

Mexico | Animation
Maribel Suarez; 2016, 5 min.

in Spanish, with English subtitles

A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. Her efforts go unnoticed—until they finally take root.

Lucy vs. the Limits of Voice

Lucy Contra las Limites de Voz

Mexico | Live Action
Mónica Herrera; 2012, 10 min.

in Spanish, with English subtitles

Lucy wonders if each person is born with a fixed number of words to expend in their lifetime and if that could be the reason why her grandpa stopped talking.

Mateo and the Cinema

Mateo y el Cine

Mexico | Animation
Luis Felipe Hernández Alanis; 2015, 4 min.

in Spanish, with English subtitles

A young boy gets help from his family committed to seeing his artistic talents gloriously unfold.

The Piñata King

UK | Documentary
Charlie Kwai, Chris Lee & Paul Storrie; 2017, 3 min.

in Spanish, with English subtitles

Over 50 years ago, on the outskirts of Mexico City, a family began making and selling piñatas to the local community. Now the whole town takes part in the tradition, in this colorful documentary demonstrating the art and quirks of the craft.

Piñata Love

USA | Live Action
Joel Ramirez; 2017, 6 min.

Mexican country craft meets-cute with NYC urban grit in this tale of a near-perfect mâche.

Rain in the Eyes

Lluvia en los Ojos

Mexico | Animation
Rita Basulto; 2013, 9 min.

In this fantastical story set amidst hides tough and tender, seven-year-old Sofía recalls the day she fractured her arm while being chased through the forest.

Tintico’s Afternoons

Las Tardes de Tintico

Mexico | Animation
Alejandro García Caballero; 2012, 11 min.

Under the beautiful Quebrada cliff in Acapulco, a group of mosquitoes crazy for tropical music desperately tries to bring happiness back into a rumba director's life.

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