VIVIANA GARCIA BESNE
Viviana entered cinema making documentaries and editing. She was invited to The Sundance Documentary and Edit Lab and her first opera Perdida was used for the first time in the official section of the Telluride Festival. As the founder of Archivo Permanencia Voluntaria, which specializes in popular Mexican cinema, Besne collaborates with prestigious institutions such as The Academy Film Archive, UCLA Film and Television Archive and The Film Foundation. Filmmakers like Nicolás Winding Refn and Tim Burton have supported her archive. She has made impeccable restorations that have been shown in the Festival de Morelia, El Festival de Guadalajara, Berlinale World Forum, Cinema Ritrovato in Bolonia, UCLA Festival of Preservation and the AMIA conference, to mention a few. She has been invited to give presentations about cinema recovery and restoration at the Orphans Film Symposium, Berlinale Forum Expanded, The Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference and Turner Classic Movies. She co-founded Cine Fantástico, an annual event in El Paso, Texas that focuses on promoting popular cinema and raising money for restoration of Mexican films, which in general doesn’t meet preservation criteria for institutions.
She created el Baticine in Tepoztlan with the objective of creating cohesive social spaces around cinema. The best Mexican filmmakers have come to present their films in an intimate environment that is inclusive of all social classes.
Special Thanks: Shawna Hodges (Translation)