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Cuba hosts Educational Film Festival

Havana, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Beyond audiovisuals, the International Educational Film Festival (MICE) is paying tribute on Monday to the work of French writer and director Michel Ocelot and the Cuban animated character Elpidio Valdés.

Founded by Cuban cartoonist and filmmaker Juan Padrón, considered the father of Cuban animation cinema, the “Elpidio Valdés” cartoon series started in 1970 as a comic strip in the children’s magazine Pionero, and the event pays tribute to the role of this “mambi” hero in Cuban popular culture.

The Festival will focus on the filmography made by Ocelot, known for his animated films “Kirikou and the Sorceress” (1998) and “Azur & Asmar” (2006).

This 4th edition of MICE is also dedicated to France and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).

The event will take place until May 12, with an extensive program that consists of an exhibition of films made by children, teenagers, and young people, audiovisual training workshops, and master classes.

At a press briefing to announce the details of the educational forum, Luis Emilio Aybar, director of the Juan Marinello Institute, highlighted the importance of MICE in Cuba’s current context.