Chile’s oldest genre film festival returns in person


Like most organizations around the world, Cine de Terror de Valdivia, Chile’s oldest genre film festival will return to in-person screenings in its 19th edition.

Located in the beautiful city of Valdivia, just a few hundred kilometers south of Santiago (damn, Chile is looong), the festival will host free screenings throughout the week. It’s a good thing to do after a few tough years, isn’t it? There will also be community events and workshops. We know for sure that this is an awesome event, taking place in a beautiful city that has amazing breweries and the best beer in the world. Hey, that’s what we’re told.

We will therefore include the two official announcements made by the festival. These were translated by Google due to time constraints and lack of Spanish skills, so forgive any jerkiness in the stream below.

Below the two official announcements is the promotional spot for the festival. Enjoy!

Between April 18 and 23, the activities, all free, planned for this year, will take place and will mostly be with the public.

The traditional Valdivian event, dedicated to horror film lovers, returns in April with face-to-face functions, after two years of online broadcasts due to the pandemic. New feature films, national previews, previews of what is being done in Latin America and of course the 2 Minute Competitions, as well as other news, return from Monday April 18 until Saturday April 23

Part of the program will include special effects workshops led by Deborah Araya, makeup expert and director of the Valparaíso International Terror Festival, which will take place at the Casa Prochelle Uno Cultural Center. Meanwhile, on the company’s YouTube channel, there will be late night movies and horror stories.

“We want to have 12 performances at the Lord Cochrane Theater with free admission, during the 6 days that the event will last, one at 7:00 p.m. and the other at 9:00 p.m., in addition to what we have prepared in online format. We want to maintain these two modalities because in this way we reach more spectators, and the figures of last year prove it, we had more than a thousand people who watched us”, explained Nino Bernucci, director of the festival.

2 Minute Competition

In the short film competition there will be works by Chilean, Spanish, Mexican, Argentinian and German directors, 12 in total, from which the 3 winners of this year will emerge; plus the crowd favorite, which will be chosen by viewers through face-to-face voting, beginning April 19 during the nine o’clock show.

The program will be available one week before the start of the International Horror Film Festival of Valdivia on, but part of it will be previewed on all the social networks of the event and on those of the Municipal Cultural Corporation @ccmvaldivia

The festival will announce its schedule next week ahead of the festival. They announced before the weekend this local success, APPLICATIONSwill be the closing film of the festival.

The horror anthology has had an extremely successful festival over the past year. Created by a couple of friends of mine, Lucio A Rojas and Sandra Arriagada, along with Camilo Leon, José Miguel Zúñiga and Samot Marquez, APPS has played over 30 festivals so far with more stops still in May.

I was told that Rojas would be making the trip to Valdivia, taking a short break from pre-production on his next film. Arriagada is also preparing his next film.

Last night, 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Lord Cochrane, The Fantasy Horror Anthology”APPLICATIONS», the Chilean horror film with the biggest international success of the last 5 years, will be broadcast.

A super premiere will have the latest feature of the Valdivia Horror Film Festival, it’s Apps, an anthology of 5 scary stories linked together and which, as the name suggests, is linked to the applications we use on our telephone devices.

The national film with trans-Andean collaboration, directed by Lucio A. Rojas, José Miguel Zúñiga, Sandra Arriagada, Camilo León and Samot Márquez, had its official presentation with a preview in the Coming Soon section of the Sitges Film Festival and, some months A few days ago, its big global launch at the 25th edition of the BIFAN Festival in Korea, the most important fantasy film event in Asia and one of the most important in the world.

To date, APPS has already made more than 30 official selections at such important events as Mórbido Film Fest, Popcorn Frights, Fantaspoa, Nigh Visions Film Festival, San Sebastián Terror Week, Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre among many others that will go around the world. until next September.

“It is an immense privilege that this feature film premieres in the regions and not in Santiago, and that it is precisely with us at the Municipal Theater. Tell them that this is an anthology of 91-minute horror that has been seen in theaters in Mexico and Argentina. After presenting it here, it will be Brazil’s turn to see actors such as Daniel Antivilo, Nestor Cantillana, Fernanda Finterbusch, Tutú Vidaurre, Catalina Silva , among others,” said Nino Bernucci, general manager of the activity organized by the CCM.

The film’s plot is centered on the use of APPS by the protagonists, which will give way to five stories: a group of perverts who carry out online transmissions; a voyeur who discovers his neighbors are hiding dark secrets he wishes he had never heard; a young woman on a mysterious dating app; a group of friends on their way to a music festival fall into the hands of a sinister rural occult group; and finally, a little boy, used by his father to organize romantic encounters online, will discover an enormous power to defend himself.


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