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Havana Itinerary

Note: schedule will change and more things will be added as announcements are made from the film festival soon.

Fri, Dec 8

  • Flight arrivals to Havana
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Orientation / Cocktails / Receive Festival Packet
  • Dinner 

Sat, Dec 9

  • Breakfast
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Film Masterclass #1: at Hotel Nacional with film and culture experts Xavier d' Arthuys and James Ivory 
  • Visit Carteles Project at Casa de Festival (Vedado). Classic ICAIC Film Posters  
  • Visit Private apartment gallery - This apt in Vedado is an assemblage Cuba’s best art stars. 
  • Dinner at La Guarida with one of Cuba’s leading actors. 

Sun, Dec 10

  • Breakfast
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Visit Estudio, the offices of Cuba’s first independent culture magazine VISTAR to understand the DIY sensibility of Cuba’s nascent growing media. Housed inside a raw warehouse (an old mirror factory) that will be converted to shooting studios and soundstage.
  • Masterclass #2: at Hotel Nacional - Talk by Xavier about restoring Cuba’s film archives with France 
  • VIP tour of the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), a project launched by Musician X Alfonso that showcases multi-disciplinary creativity — art, fashion, film, jewelry, music —all housed with an old factory converted to nightclub, gallery, concert hall. Stay the night and enjoy. 
  • Dinner at Tierra inside the FAC 

Mon, Dec 11

  • Breakfast
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Special morning trip to a nearby farm, 45 minutes away, recognized as the first true experience of a farm-to-table restaurants in Cuba. Tour allows first-hand learning of ecological agricultural system used for growing the vegetables, livestock, and cheeses you’ll enjoy later at the entrepreneurs restaurant. 
  • Visit the Vedado paladar of the same farm, and enjoy a robust lunch direct from their harvest. 
  • Dinner at a top paladar
  • Music night - Jazz night in Havana’s version of Blue Note bar, an underground club called La Zorra y El Cuervo. 

  • Breakfast
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Visit Sundance Panel / Speakers - 2016 Fest speakers included Maggie Gyllenhall, and DV Vicentis (writer of OJ American Crime Story) as film mentors. 
  • Lunch - Top Paladar
  • Visit Alma Shop (Miramar). Owned by Alexandra Oppman, the wife of CNN’s “Man in Havana” Patrick Oppman. The shop features hand-made cuban goods, from purses, to soaps, to jewelry. 
  • Film fest activity (or dinner) - TBD schedule 

Tues, Dec 12


Wed, Dec 13

  • Breakfast 
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Taller - Amano. Oficio y Diseño - A multi-media platform that understands and supports businesses, digital and audiovisual, for the promotion and debate about design, architecture, and artisanship in Cuba (Playa) 
  • Film pitch event ("Shark Tank" for filmmakers) at TBD
  • Afterparty 

Thurs, Dec 14

  • Breakfast 
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Misc Activity Day 
  • Dinner at Top Paladar
  • Nightlife / Optional 

Fri, Dec 15

  • Breakfast 
  • Film festival screenings and activities as determined by interest
  • Exclusive tour of Galeria Taller Gorría (GTG), a leading art and cultural space created by renown Cuban actor Jorge Perrugorría (Four Stations in Havana, Viva, Fresa y Chocolate)
  • Leandro Feal Art Studio (Havana Vieja)
  • Lunch - Top Paladar
  • Carteles Proyecto, Casa Del Festival (Vedado) to see ICAIC posters
  • Carpinteros Art Studio (Nuevo Vedado) 
  • Incubator Event (Shark Tank for Filmmakers) at TBD Venue 
  • Possible Afterparty / DJ Wichy 

Sat, Dec 16

  • Breakfast 
  • Before leaving town, we will take you on a final morning of Shopping for Gifts  
    - Almacenes San José Flea Market (Habana Vieja) rare/vintage pieces
    - Cigar Shop (Habana Vieja) - Prepare to visit an authentic, well-stocked shop of the finest Cuba Cigars to bring home  
  • Closing Night Dinner

Sun, Dec 17

  • Breakfast
  • Depart back home