Colombia's 19th Festival De Cine de Bogota kicks off today (October 8) with a strong selection of recent films from Latin America and other parts of the world.

This year showcases Chilean cinema with such acclaimed titles as Negocio Redondo directed by Ricardo Carrasco (pictured), Times Up by Cecilia Barriga, El Chacotero Sentimental by Cristian Galaz, Coronacion by Silvio Caiozzi, La Fiebre Del Loco by Andres Wood, Bastardo En El Paraiso by Luis Vera and Taxi Para Tres by Orlando Lubbert.

A jury led by Chilean director Miguel Littin that includes French producer Thierry Forte, Colombian poet Maria Mercedes Carranza and Spain's Rafael Maluenda will select winners from an international selection of films from Latin America, Germany, France, Poland and other countries as far afield as India. Films in competition include Colombia's Bolivar Soy Yo, Brazil's The Trespasser, Mexico's La Habitacion Azul, Holland's Magonia and India's The Black Garment.

Documentary and home video festival competitions will run concurrently. The festival runs from October 8 to 16.