Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival
In March 1999, when CIMA, the organiser of the old Rio Cine, and Grupo Estação, the group responsible for the Mostra Rio, announced they were joining forces to create the biggest film festival in Latin America, they never imagined that the event would grow so much so fast. Since then, a loyal public that consistently numbers in the hundreds of thousands eagerly await September and the annual marathon of films.
Today, the Rio Int'l Film Festival is the principal launchpad for the region's international productions as well as the place where industry movers and shakers get together to discuss the latest cinematic trends and cut business deals on production, distribution and exhibition.
In addition to the more than 20 categories into which the films are grouped - almost half of which are new each year - the 2005 Rio Film Festival will this year introduce a new forum, the Cinelandia Tent, a place where debates will be held, DVDs and books will be presented to the public and other special events will take place.