The Board of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico’s longest running film festival founded in 1986, has announced that Estrella Araiza will be the new director of the event replacing Iván Trujillo in the position.
Araiza was the head of the industry and market sections of the festival as well as director of the Guadalajara Film Festival in Los Angeles, FICG in LA, and was a member of the University System of Radio, Television, and Cinema at the University of Guadalajara, where she directed the film department.
Araiza has also worked as a film distributor and sales agent, with a focus on Latin American and Mexican cinema. She began her career in international distribution in Latinofusión, a Guadalajara-based company, and in 2012 she founded her own sales and distribution company, Vendo Cine. Additionally, she has been a buyer for Channel 44, the TV channel of the University of Guadalajara, as well as a juror for international film festivals.
Trujillo, who directed the film festival since 2010, has been appointed director of TV UNAM, a public educational television network operated by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.
The 34th edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival will take place March 8 - 15 in Mexico.