Iván Trujillo Bolio Elected FIAF Honorary Member

On Thursday 20 April 2023 in Mexico City, Iván Trujillo Bolio was elected FIAF Honorary Member by a unanimous vote of the delegates present or represented at the FIAF General Assembly. He joins the select group of people honoured by FIAF for their "long and dedicated service to the Federation and supported its affiliates" (Rule 42 of the FIAF Statutes and Rules). His Honorary Member medal was presented to him by former FIAF President (and FIAF Honorary Member) Robert Daudelin, who had strongly supported his nomination in a speech to the General Assembly.

Born in Tabasco, Mexico, in 1954, Iván Trujillo Bolio is is a graduate of the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) and the Facultad de Ciencias of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His short film Mariposa Monarca... adivinanzas para siempre (1985), won the Ariel for Best Documentary Short Film. He started working at the Filmoteca UNAM in 1980, then under the leadership of Manuel Gonzales Casanova. In 1989 he was appointed General Director, a position he held until 2008, during which time he contributed to the dissemination, preservation and teaching of film and to the support of multiple national and international festivals, as well as increasing the institution's collection, which grew from 15,000 to more than 40,000 titles.

His work at the head of the Filmoteca contributed to the institution receiving the Golden Ariel in 2003, thanks to his work in the preservation and promotion of Mexican cinema.

He joined the FIAF Executive Committee in 1993. He was FIAF’s Vice President from 1993 to 1999, then succeeded Michelle Aubert as FIAF President until 2003. He played a key role in the creation of the annual FIAF Award in 2001, and presented the first three to Martin Scorsese (2001), Manoel de Oliveira (2002, and Ingmar Bergman (2003). Along with Christian Dimitriu, he was also a great ambassador for Latin American film archives and helped their integration into the FIAF network. He was instrumental in the development of the “Escuela Sobre Ruedas” training programme for Latin American film archivists in the first decade of the 21st Century.

From 2008 to 2010 he was Mexico's cultural attaché in Cuba, then headed the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) from 2010 to 2018. He went back to UNAM in 2019 as director of TV UNAM.

Photos: Mikko Kuutti.