The 33rd Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) presents the 7th edition of Premio Maguey, which will take place on March 9-15th, 2018, with Catalonia as our guest of honor.

Premio Maguey is a competition that awards the kind of movies that support and promote innovative cinema with stories around diverse sexuality, celebrating the best of LGBT+ cinema in the world.

Fourteen feature-lenght films will compete for the awards to the Best Performance, Special Mention and Best Film, selected by a renowned international jury.

Eleven countries are represented in the competition: Mexico, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, United States, France, United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal.

Premio Maguey is proud to have six films directed by women, as well as four debut features. Ellen Page, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Evan Rachel Wood, Margaret Qualley and Melissa Leo star in some of these productions. We will also have the World Premiere of the new film by cult director Bruce LaBruce.

The official venues of Premio Maguey in its seventh edition will be the Conjunto de ArtesEscénicas and theater 5 of Cinemex Sania; both venues will host the traditional Pink Carpets of the Noches Maguey with personalities and guests from all over the world.


The Evolution of Premio Maguey

Premio Maguey remains the leading competition of its kind in Latin America, and is a highly important section within the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

It began in 2012 with the goal of legitimize and recognize LGBT+ films from all over the world, in addition to provide a space to reach as many people as possible, while promoting diversity and acceptance.

Premio Maguey Over The Rainbow is this year’s slogan, recognizing the histori of LGBT+ pride.

The Stonewall riots in New York are known as the catalyst for the LGBT+ movement in the United States and the rest of the world, and even though they are a reference and a source of inspiration, each LGBT+ pride event and each city have their own heroes and their own history, some of which are documented in cinema. Currently LGBT+ pride is celebrated in more than 1,100 cities, and every year there are new events that range from small picnics and clandestine meetings, to queer film festivals and parades of millions of people.

This year’s image was designed by Spanish artistNaroPinosa, whose work is centered on photomontages through digital collage.

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