Two HFPA representatives, Yenny Nun-Katz and Meher Tatna, hosted a reception for Chilean filmmakers, festival delegates and executives at the Santiago International Film Festival headquarters in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. President of the Board Catalina Saieh introduced the HFPA members to the attendees at Duke’s Bar.
SANFIC, the Santiago International Film Festival has been in existence since 2004, and is one of the most important film festivals in Latin America and this year screened more than 100 movies in five venues. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to French director Laurent Cantet, and Colombian actress Catalina Sandino received a special recognition. Willem Dafoe, Abel Ferrera and Diego Luna have attended in previous years. and Chilean films like The Nanny and Violeta were first screened in SANFIC, and went on to become world renowned.