The FIL rganizes an International Illustration Forum and Calls for the First Latin American Illustration Catalog

In its twenty-fourth edition, the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, FIL, will open a space for the narrators who use images to tell stories. During the days of the fair there will be an illustrator wing, the international illustration forum will be implemented, Filustra, and the First Latin American illustration catalog will be prepared.

Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara

Organized by the FIL Guadalajara and the Spanish agency Pencil-Ilustradores, The International Illustration Forum is sponsored by the Board of Castilla and Leon, the Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development (AECID), The SM foundation, the Children’s Book Fair of Bologna and the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes of Mexico, and counts with the support of El Ilustradero and the Alma award. The subscription cost before October 5 will be 95 dollars (950 pesos); for those who subscribe there on November 27 and 28 it will be 120 dollars (1200 pesos). The first forty persons that subscribe will have the right to choose one of the two workshops that, from the 1st to the 4th of December, will be taught by Gabriel Pacheco (Mexico) and Javier Zabala (Spain).
Filustra will take place on November 28 and 29 in wing A of the International Area at the FIL and will consist of conferences and a series of promotional rounds between the participating creators and the publishing companies that publish illustrated books. The inauguration speech has been entrusted to Beatrice Alemagna, Italian illustrator who won the Andersen Award, while the Belgian Kitty Crowther, winner of the 2010 alma award (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award), will close the meeting. The Spaniard Arnal Ballester and the Italian Philip Giordano will also be present.
The International Area will also be the location for the illustrator wing, which will offer multiple speeches and activities so that the public can get close to the creator’s work. Besides the conferences and book sightings, the authors will work in front of the visitors of the FIL to show and explain the dynamics of their work to those who are interested. During the hours exclusively for professionals, the Illustrator wing will function as a space so that the participants can hold business meetings with editors and other people in the book chain.
At the same time, the sm Foundation, El Ilustradero and the FIL Guadalajara launched a petition to integrate the First Latin American Illustration Catalog. This contest, which requires a single $50 quote, accepts contestants from any Latin American country, who will need to send a selection of three to five unedited works. To integrate the catalog the jury will select 30 illustrations that will also form part of an exposition that will be assembled at the fair. Moreover, there will be a three thousand dollar award to the first place winner. The contest closes September 3rd and the judge’s decision, which will not be appealable, will be disclosed on October.
To participate in Filustra contact Pablo de la Vega, Professional Coordinator
To consult the requirements of the First Latin Ameircan Illustration Caralog, go to the FIL website.