When you want, you can…


The Ñusta sought in the spring
and found herself so boring.
It wasn’t what she was waiting
for a long, long time in her life.
So the frog told her:
it would be better to get in the water…


This is an invitation for dreamers who know that only a special touch is necessary in order to start a new journey, an unforgettable adventure…




Arica Nativa was born in 2006 as a Rural Footage Festival, with films that show stories that develop far from the cities. Prior to this first edition, there were already workshops to train new filmmakers who fall in love with the Andean rural world, far from the cities. We started in Putre, in the highlands, with children recreating the myth of Thunupa… Then in Arica along with young people who didn’t know the treasure the Andean world can be. Eventually, the school started to devote itself to the new filmmakers in the region, with masterful presentations by guests at the festival, such as Abdullah Ommidvar, Silvio Caiozzi, Mabel Prelorán, Tess Renaudo, Pablo Perelman, Inti Briones, among others… Nowadays, the school renews its focus on the new generations, on students who are beginning their creative ride and elderly people who need to find it back. Audiovisual means are powerful tools that allow people to learn and develop integrally, tell stories, capture moments, inherit treasures, speak out against acts of injustice, and suggest solutions…

The School of Native Films is devoted to discovering new filmmakers among young students and leaders of communities in Arica and Parinacota, Peru, and Bolivia. Since 2018, the school has been managed by the fellow filmmaker Arturo Sinclair, who has been part of a fanciful and creative ride, a magician like they used to be, an audiovisual expert who came to us as a gift to awaken the new generation of filmmakers in Arica and Parinacota. Congratulations…

Cristian Heinsen, director of Arica Nativa.

NATIVE FILM’S FACTORY: “When you want, you can…

Nowadays, to a large extent, we live the largest percentage of our lives in a virtual world whether you’re aware of it or not. Television, GPS systems, cell phones, and sooner than expected, immersive virtual retinal displays will replace the physical world with a virtual one.

The scenery, real or imaginary, is where the story takes place. The theater and architecture understand this well. A large part of the cinema and photography use the scenery more as background for the content rather than as an intrinsic part of the story.

We are interested in incorporating treasures from the Andean world, and show the unbreakable connection that exists between place and life, people, communities and species, in which the love for their lands, the acts of injustice reported, and the proposed solutions are not just words for social media, but dynamic instruments for change.

Classes begin with the technical basis of cinema, to achieve the expertise in the field that allows focussing on the content. Learning is holistic, we learn from people who are good at their jobs such as construction workers, shoemakers, carpenters, artists or filmmakers.

Our philosophy of work is simple. To create an environment in which ideas flow freely. To establish standards of quality and excellence based on the understanding of the subject, as well as to develop helpful ways to achieve creativity without losing sight necessities and common goals.

Arturo Sinclair
Director of the School of Native Films

Filmmaker, creative director and professor with more than 35 years of experience in special effects cinematography, animatronics, robotics, motion graphics, gaming, and animations. He also has 15 years of experience in academies, as a professor at Ithaca College and the University of Florida, among other institutions. He has been the director of the School of Native Films since 2018.




The School aims to train new indigenous filmmakers in the South Andean region formed by Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. The new generations and Andean communities need tools in order to preserve the natural and cultural treasures, to reinforce their identity, to communicate, to grow and to develop integrally, so the planet can be the place where we love to live in. The cinema as a large-scale form of communication also involves to consider production and distribution networks, and other consumers in the market, as well as cultural issues,  implied in the transmission of ideas through digital means.

The goals or big tasks that will be learned in the School of Native Films 2018 are 3:

Waking up… the audiovisual creativity. Discovering the creative potential we have as people and groups, the ability to communicate creatively, to touch, to mobilize, to lead. Sessions to know the audiovisual art and our competences.

Exercising… the audiovisual art. Forming work groups, from the script to the staging, moving according to the program of sessions, under de guidance of the director Arturo Sinclair. Sessions to practice the audiovisual art, integrate teams and carry out specific tasks.

Sharing… the audiovisual work. Knowing the current technological platforms that allow diffusing an audiovisual work, reaching all corners of the planet, to mobilize your creative message, your dream, your vision.


27 oct

9:00 – 11:20. What the Hell is a Film?
11:30 – 12:50. New Native Films
13:00 – 14:00. The Audiovisual Artisans

28 oct

9:00 – 11:20. The five (and more) senses
11:30 – 12:50. How does the cinema work?
13:00 – 14:00. The Window of Time

29 oct

16:00 – 17:50. Mr. Script
18:00 – 19:30. The Maniac Technical Script

30 oct

16:00 – 17:50. The Plan of Filming: How to find the treasure
18:00 – 19:30. The Goddess Light: Photography and Illumination

31 oct

16:00 – 19:30. The God Son: Sound and Music

01 nov

9:00 – 12:50. Direction of Actresses and Actors
16:00 – 20:00. Filming Indoor, exercise in groups

02 nov

9:00 – 12:50. Session Acting
16:00 – 17:50. Staging: The Other Film
18:00 – 19:30. Effects of Post-production

03 nov

9:00 – 11:20. Session Acting
11:30 – 12:50. Exercise of distribution in social networks
13:00 – 14:00. Lunch in community


For the students of the School of Native Films 2018, in the context of the Audiovisual Market of the Festival, there will be masterful sessions by special guests of the Arica Nativa Festival 2018; the students of the School have preferential access to these sessions, that will take place in Casa de la Respuesta (Bolognesi) in Arica and are open and free for the community:

Yves Sioui

Huron actor, dramatist, director and filmmaker, pioneer of the indigenous contemporary art, with more than 30 years of career. He will make a filming in the territory, in the context of the festival.

Isabel Messina

Guatemalan sociologist and visual anthropologist, with interest in the study of the social life of the images and the representation modes in the documentary and ethnographic film.

Meritxell Colell

Catalan director of an outstanding career. His first full-length film, Con El Viento, premiered in Berlinale 2018 and it is in the competition in Arica Nativa 2018. He is preparing a new production to film in Arica and Parinacota.

Alicia Herrera

Chilean audiovisual communicator and independent cultural consultant. Co-director of the 12° Film Exhibition + Indigenous Video.

Macarena López

Executive producer and Chilean editor. Head of the program of Cinema and Television at Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen of the University of Chile.