Helmer Figgis to head jury of inaugural event

Cinemex, Mexico’s second largest exhibitor, is bowing a new film festival next month.

The Mexico City Intl. Contemporary Film Festival, called FICC for its Spanish-acronym, will run from Feb. 19 to 29 and will be the only juried festival in the city. Director Mike Figgis heads the jury.

The inaugural fest will screen 97 feature films, roughly 90% of which will make their Mexican bows. The FICC will mark the world premiere of “Malachance” (Bad Luck) helmed by Mexican Gerardo Naranjo and shot in New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

According to the festival’s director, Paula Astorga, roughly three-quarters of the films have yet to find Latin American distribution. She adds that although there will be no official market at the fest, she expects buying and selling to take place. Future festivals are likely to have a formal mart.

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