Festival de cine INSTAR

The INSTAR Film Festival is an annual event organized by the Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism (INSTAR), a collective founded and directed by Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. It is a film exhibition that supports independent production on an international scale, especially in countries where freedom of expression and creation is threatened. The festival favors audiovisuals with daring aesthetic and thematic approaches, as well as hybrid pieces that explore new paths in filmmaking.

The first festival took place in Havana during December 2019 and was directed by actress and writer Lynn Cruz. After the hiatus caused by the pandemic, the event resumed at the end of 2021. On that occasion it took place online on the Festhome platform, under the curatorship of José Luis Aparicio, who has been in charge of the project since then. The third edition, held during July 2022 at the Documenta Fifteen in Kassel, Germany, consisted of the exhibition “Land without images” / “Land without images”, which would become the largest retrospective of alternative Cuban cinema held to date. .

In addition to screenings, the festival organizes workshops, debates, masterclasses, and exhibitions of expanded cinema, as well as the presentation of the P.M. Awards, INSTAR's fund to support the production of independent Cuban cinema. Among the most relevant guests from previous editions are filmmakers Milo Rau, Ishtar Yasin, Alonso Ruizpalacios, Alejandro Fadel, Heidi Hassan, Alejandro Brugués, and Miguel Coyula.

Our Staff

TANIA BRUGUERA

Executive Director

JOSÉ LUIS APARICIO

Artistic Director

LEILA MONTERO

Producer

CLAUDIA PATRICIA

Designer

DARIO ALEMÁN

Communication

Archive

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