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The 2014 edition of the Paraguay International Film Festival will focus on the theme “Women in Film,” looking at the problems women face in different parts of the world, organizers said.
The festival, which will open for its 23rd edition in September, will host a series of talks and debates on the issues addressed by the films screened during the event, festival director and founder Hugo Gamarra told Efe.
“The festival will draw attention and have a public debate on some of the serious problems faced by women in our country and other countries, such as domestic violence, discrimination (and) sexual exploitation, among others,” Gamarra said.
The festival, whose film screenings have not yet been determined, expects to work with the U.N. Women’s Program in Paraguay and government agencies, such as the Women’s Secretariat and the National Culture Secretariat, in developing its program, Gamarra said.
First prize at the festival will carry a cash award of $2,000 and publication of the screenplay, with the screenplays of the other finalists also receiving a publication guarantee.
The festival, organized by the Fundacion Cinemateca del Paraguay, has been sponsored by the City of Asuncion since 2013.