The second edition of the Ecuadorian Film Festival is happening this week (from June 2nd to June 5th) in various locations in New York City. As an Ecuadorian-American I’m excited about the festival and the burgeoning cinema industry in Ecuador. This year’s film roster includes 10 feature films and 17 short films.

The Ecuadorian Film Festival will come to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn:

  • Manhattan: Village East Cinema
  • Brooklyn: Syndicated Bar Theatre Kitchen
  • Queens: Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows Park

 

SchedulePostcardOK-6x4in-CMYK-300dpi-OutlinesHere are three reasons to check out the Ecuadorian Film Festival:

1. SUPPORT ECUADORIAN CINEMA

Ecuadorian cinema is just making its way to the international stage. In order for Ecuadorian filmmakers to keep going, there must be interest from the international community. Today thanks to technology and social media, we are able to spread the word and get more people excited!

2. PROCEEDS WILL HELP RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS IN ECUADOR

This year EFFNY is giving back. As you probably know, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Manabí and Esmeraldas. 50 percent of the Festival’s proceeds will go to the Ecuadorian Shelter Initiative which is building temporary housing for the earthquake victims. You can also make a direct donation here.

3. THE QUALITY OF THE FILMS

The festival will include documentaries, dramas and much more. Its films are as varied as the Ecuadorian people and present real life situations and emotions.  EFFNY will open with the feature film UIO: Take Me for a Ride by Micaela Rueda, which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. UIO: Sácame a pasear is directed by Micaela Rueda and tells a real yet controversial story for Ecuadorian society: It is the story of Sara, who is in her last year of high school and dealing with difficult parents. One day she meets Andrea, a classmate whom she starts an intimate (and secret) relationship with. Another great movie not to be missed is Dreamtown, by Betty Bastidas which tells the story of Afro-Ecuadorian fútbol players and their journey from their small town in Esmeraldas to the world stage of the World Cup.

The festival starts on Thursday, June 2, 8pm — Village East Cinema with UIO: Take Me for a Ride. For tickets or more information, click here.