Thinking we are superior to others is closely related to how little we know about them. In a world threatened by radical nationalist and heterophobic tendencies that use fear to portray the “stranger” as an enemy, Talents Guadalajara relies on the power of cinematic storytelling to allow us to enter into others’ lives for a few minutes.

Taking the Mayan greeting “In Lak’ech” (“I am another you”) as a point of departure, Talents Guadalajara offers participants the chance to get to know individuals who are different from them: their cultures, ways of thinking, religions, sexual inclination and customs. The best way to break with the habit of seeing “the other” as an adversary is to know and empathise with them through their stories, and to recognise ourselves in others.

Who can apply?
Screenwriters, directors (including animation directors), producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, actors and film critics from Mexico, Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama), and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Granada, Haiti, Jaimaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vinces and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago). Participants should be fluent in Spanish and English.

Talents Guadalajara is an initiative of the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut Mexico and FIPRESCI.