Co-production Forum Opening Talk: In Conversation with Mexico

30 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 5
Wed 30th Sep 11:00

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Guillermo Arriaga, Academy and BAFTA nominated screenwriter, will join Guadalajara International Film Festival director Ivan Trujillo and Raindance chief Elliot Grove in an onstage talk about the current state of Mexican cinema, and the opportunities to co-produce with Mexico. Talk supported by Variety, FICG Industry and the Mexican Film Institute.



Ivan Trujillo - General Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. 

He graduated with a Biology degree but quickly went on to build a career as a cinematographer with the Mexican Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC). In 1999 he was awarded the Knighthood of the Arts and Letters Order by the Government of the French Republic. He currently acts as the General Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Guillermo Arriaga - Screenwriter/Director

One of today's most original storytelling and screenwriting voices. As a screenwriter and director, Arriaga spins exhilaratingly complex, emotional and provocative tapestries of human lives under intense pressure. He boasts a filmography that includes three collaborations as a screenwriter with three-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams” and “Babel”), as well as “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” with Tommy Lee Jones, which won the Best Screenplay award for Arriaga at Cannes; “The Night Buffalo” with Jorge Hernández Aldana; and “The Burning Plain,” which Arriaga also directed, premiered in Venice in 2008 and starred Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence. He has also written the novels “The Guillotine Squad” (1991), “A Sweet Scent of Death” (1994), “Night Buffalo” (1999) and the book of short stories “Retorno 201” (2006). "Words With Gods" (2015), has been celebrated and screened at film festivals around the world this year.

Elliot Grove - Founder of Raindance Film Festival

He founded Raindance as a thought experiment: Can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience, he asked? When people like his first intern Edgar Wright started making movies he started the Raindance Film Festival to celebrate their work in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. Elliot has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead.

In 2013 he relaunched the production arm: Raw Talent with the cult film director Ate de Jong. Their first venture was the psychological thriller Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. finished late 2013.


30 min
VUE Piccadilly Pic. 5
Strands: Forum Events