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Acapulco skeds new film event

First edition not competitive, but future fests expected to be

MEXICO CITY — Add another reveler to the Mexican film fest fiesta: Acapulco.

The balmy resort town will kick off the inaugural Acapulco Intl. Film Festival on June 16, according to organizers. Dreamed up by the Acapulco tourism industry, as well as tourism and commerce officials in Guerrero state, fest will run through June 19.

New fest joins an increasingly crowded list of Mexican cities with their own fests. As recently as 20 months ago, Guadalajara was Mexico’s only important fest. But since then fests have blossomed, and Acapulco must contend with events in Morelia, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City, the last of which drew more than 50,000 attendees in its second edition in February.

Heading the still-growing Acapulco lineup is the Mexican bow of “Batman Begins.” Confirmed Mexican pics include animated feature “Imaginum,” the second feature-length toon by Anime Producciones; documentary “Ni muy muy, ni tan tan, simplemente Tin Tan,” about the legendary Mexican comic actor; and “El Mago,” which took top honors at the Guadalajara fest in March.

Organizers said the rest of the lineup would be announced in several weeks. This first edition is not competitive, they said, although future fests will be.

A lifetime achievement prize will be awarded to local musician Angel Tavira, subject of docu “Tierra Caliente,” to be screened at the fest.