Cine Qua Non Lab is located in Tzintzuntzan, a small town in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, approximately 50km from the city of Morelia. The workshop, writing, and living spaces are tucked amidst the beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains, overlooking Lake Pátzcuaro, a quiet natural retreat with a variety of private indoor and outdoor working spaces.

Distance Tables

From Guadalajara: 290 km / 180 miles

From Mexico City: 300 km / 185 miles


Tzintzuntzan is a town and municipality located on the northeast shore of Lake Pátzcuaro, in the north of the state of Michoacán, approximately 50 km from Morelia, the capital of the state, and 20 km from Pátzcuaro.

It is best known as the former capital of the P’urhépecha state until it was conquered by the Spanish in the 1520s. The name Tzintzuntzan comes from the P’urhépecha language, meaning “place of the hummingbirds.” The P’urhépecha had a god named Tzintzuuquixu, meaning “hummingbird of the south,” which, like the Mexica to Tenochtitlán, was involved in guiding the tribe to the Lake Pátzcuaro area.

Today, Tzintzuntzan is a small town with two major attractions, the archeological site of the Yácatas (pyramids) and the former monastery complex of San Francisco. The municipality contains another important archeological site called Ihuatzio. It is also notable for its festivals, which include the Festival of Señor del Rescate, Day of the Dead celebrations and a cultural event related to New Year’s.




Morelia Is a city and municipality located in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico.

The city is located in the Guayangareo Valley and is the capital of the state. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the P’urhépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time.
The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s. The Spanish under Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza founded a settlement here in 1541 with the name of Valladolid, which became rival to the nearby city of Pátzcuaro for dominance in Michoacán.In 1580, this rivalry ended in Valladolid’s favor and it became the capital of the colonial province. After the Mexican War of Independence, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos y Pavón, who is from here. In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.