Celebrate Cinema During Riviera Maya Film Festival
If you love movies and nights on the beach, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Riviera Maya Film Festival, April 21st-27th. World premieres, works-in-progress, and free screenings are just a few events you don’t want to miss. One of the freshest film fests in North America spreads across the Mexican Caribbean this month, adding an extra element of international culture and art to our already vibrant streets, theaters, galleries, and beaches. Dating back to its inauguration in 2012, the Riviera Maya Film Festival in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cancun has quickly earned the respect of cinephiles and filmmakers from around the world as among the most daring festivals around. Not only is it an opportune setting for rising stars in Mexican cinema to screen and produce their work, it also offers a magnificent setting for international artists to present films that might not otherwise be seen to engaged audiences.
A World of Film
While a distinct focus is placed on cultivating Mexican filmmakers in programs like the RivieraLAB, 53 of last year’s 70 featured films hailed from across the globe – China, Ireland, France, Russia, Argentina, and the United States, just to name a few. All screenings and premieres are divided into the following categories:
Mexican Platform – Strictly national voices.
- Galas – Two to four films and their crews are honored at these special events.
- Planetarium – Films in this category treat cinema as social activism.
- Wide Audience – These films target the general public with human narratives.
- Author Panorama – This section eyes film’s future through an avant-garde lens.
- RivieraLAB Presents – Young filmmakers nurtured by RMFF screen work in all stages of development.
Cinema in Paradise
Ranging from red carpet premieres in historic theaters to over 200 free screenings and moonlight movies on the beach, Riviera Maya Film Festival takes full advantage of the region’s lush setting. Altogether, events are planned here in Playa del Carmen, as well as Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, and Isla de Mujeres.