The return of the ¡Viva! tour in 2016 The 22nd edition of the ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

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The return of the ¡Viva! tour in 2016
The 22nd edition of the ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival will take place at HOME in Manchester, from Sat 9 to Sun 24 April 2016. ¡Viva! is the only UK festival dedicated to both Spanish and Latin American cinema, and we have a very loyal and enthusiastic audience for our showcase of the best in new and classic films from across Spain and Spanish speaking Latin America. More information about past and present editions of the festival can be found at
The film festival is produced by HOME Film Programme Manager Rachel Hayward and ¡Viva! Film Festival Coordinator Jessie Gibbs, with invaluable programme support from local Spanish and Latin American film experts at all three local universities and the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester.
Previous festival highlights have included films such as Goya-winning Catalan film Pa negre, Icíar Bollaín’s También la lluvia starring Gael García Bernal, and pretty much the entire filmography of Spanish enfant terrible Álex de la Iglesia. We have also had the opportunity to welcome important directors and actors to present their work in person: Bigas Luna, Icíar Bollaín, Julio Medem, Carlos Sorin, Alex de la Iglesia and Emilio Aragón are just a few examples.
¡Viva! Tour 2016

We are applying for BFI funding to support the delivery of the return of our nation-wide tour, with six films selected from the 22nd ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival in 2016. A number of the films will be chosen on the basis of their suitability as ‘crossover films’ most likely to have a wider audience appeal beyond the festival circuit. The tour will cover all nine Film Hub regions, including both independent venues and commercial venues in cities where there aren’t independent venues, and will run from Sun 10 April until Tue 31 May 2016.


The 2016 tour will offer venues a selection of six films from the 2016 festival programme at affordable rates and in a variety of formats. The dual language podcasts created for the festival and the materials created for study sessions will be available for all venues, as well as film notes for all tour films. The festival will also cover the cost and coordination of print transport.

TOUR Events

HOME will be hosting guest Q&As during the ¡Viva! festival from Sat 9 to Sun 24 April 2016. An important part of the tour is sharing the opportunity for audiences across the country to have access to Spanish and Latin American talent.

Guests such as directors, producers and actors will be available for introductions or post-screening Q&As at selected venues where possible during these dates. Curators of the season, Rachel Hayward and Andy Willis, will be available to host Q&A events as necessary.

Outside of these date, Andy Willis and other festival programme advisors would be available to deliver events in selected towns and cities. Guest Q&A travel and accommodation costs are covered by the festival.

As part of our funding application budget we will include a tour events allocation. This allocation is designed to afford tour venues the opportunity to programme their own complementary events such as introductions, post-screening discussions or language sessions to fit with venue-specific interests. This element of the tour is not compulsory. Tour venues would be able to access a contribution of up to £150 for complementary programming.
Young Audiences

Selected films in the festival will be suitable for young people and we would look to have at least one of those on the tour. ¡Viva! Film Festival supports the involvement of young people through schemes such as HOME Young Creatives, as well as special screenings and events for schools and colleges

with tailor-made study session packs.

Next steps

If your venue is interested in taking part in the ¡Viva! tour in 2016, please submit an expression of interest form by email to by Friday 20 November 2015

¡Viva! festival team

Rachel Hayward is Programme Manager (Film & BFI Hub) at HOME, Manchester.

Andy Willis is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME. He has curated and co-curated a wide variety of film related seasons and events focusing on Spanish and Asian cinemas. He has written widely on Spanish popular cinema, including The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia (with Peter Buse and Nuria Triana Toribio, Manchester University Press, 2007) and Spanish Popular Cinema (co-editor with Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Manchester University Press, 2004).
Jessie Gibbs is ¡Viva! Film Festival Coordinator at HOME, Manchester.

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