Cinema lovers get ready! We are excited to announce that the Riviera Maya Film Festival is returning for its fifth edition. From this Friday June 24 to June 30, national and international movies will be screened in different locations in Playa del Carmen. And the best part? It’s free of charge!
The independent film festival aims to provide independent filmmakers with an international platform and to bring quality films to the state of Quintana Roo. For all of us, it’s mostly a huge opportunity to watch a world class selection of the newest films in the gorgeous settings of the Riviera Maya. And did we mention that the public has access for free? Yes, we did. But some things are worth mentioning twice.
If you’re looking for the glamour that all the film festivals come with, get an entry to one of the gala events. These are special screenings that are attended by honored guests, among them the cast of the film, directors and producers. It’s also free of charge, but you have to register here.
The Riviera Maya Film Festival shows movies from different categories: Among them the Mexican platform and Rivierlab section, with national movies, Large-scale audience selection with international movers and the Planetarium selection, with movies and documentaries highlighting topics such as environmental issues, human rights and other subjects about our contemporary society. The two most outstanding national films will be awarded with an economic support, to encourage the distribution of Mexican movies and the creation of international independent films.
The screenings are held in cinemas, the city’s theatres, public places such as the beach or plazas. All Spanish speaking movies are subtitled in English. And the festival continues until July 16 with screenings in Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres.
Get all the information about the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2016, participating movies, trailers, and the locations on the official website and on their Facebook page. Of course our team at the front desk at Playa Palms Beach Hotel and Carlos, our concierge, are also happy to assist you with any questions.
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2016:
- Pedro Almodóvar’s “Julieta” will be the opening movie of the festival. It made its international debut at the renown Cannes Films Festival this year. It’s an Almodóvar film – do we have to explain much about it?
- The Mexican documentary “Erosión” highlights the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources in Playa del Carmen and the northern region of the state, as the price paid for touristic development
- The rather bleakly comic satire “Maquinaría Panamericana” is a Mexican-Polish film that won the “Work in Progress” Award of last year’s Riviera Maya Film Festival. The movie traces the effects of a company owner’s death on his former employees, which are now suddenly out of a job. But, much worse, it turns out that the company is bankrupt…