Riviera Maya Film Festival Comes to Playa del Carmen

Since 2012, the Riviera Maya has had the pleasure to host the internationally acclaimed Riviera Maya Film Festival. This year, in its 4th Edition, they will not disappoint, just like every year, bringing some of the biggest stars and names in the movie industry from around the world, but specifically, from Mexico.

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Previous editions have seen Ethan Hawk, Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Maggie Gyllenhall, amongst others, walking down the red carpet. This year the festival will take place from the 23rd to the 29th of April throughout the Riviera Maya. Amongst the different venues are Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancun and Puerto Morelos.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival isn’t only popular because of the great variety of movies they show, but because it has free access for everyone – even the opening and closing ceremonies! It is also a highly popular event due to its open venues and beach screenings. Who doesn’t love spending a weekday evening out on the beach watching a movie, eating popcorn and enjoying the atmosphere?

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The festival is born as a means to broadcast quality film amongst the locals and visitors of the Riviera Maya. As a highly touristy destination, and lacking on the cultural aspect, the population of Quintana Roo welcomes the film festival with open arms.

As they state in their website, the festival is becoming a trending parameter thanks to its vast selection of international film, and the boost it is giving Mexican cinematography with great prices; amongst the awards, is the $300,000 mxn Kukulkan Award (approximately 20,000 USD) which is intended to be used for distribution expenses, allowing independent films to reach the audiences they want.

Other awards include the Youth Jury Kukulkan Award, which grants $100,000 mxn (over 6,000 USD); the Rivieralab/Work in Progress Award that grants $200,000 mxn (13,000 USD) which is intended to help producers and directors complete their films; and the Rivieralab/Coproduction Forum Award, granting also $200,000 mxn to support projects through pre-production.

The team behind the Riviera Maya Film Festival is a dedicated, film buff team directed by Paula Chaurand and a team of hundreds of volunteers working day and night in order to pull off the great event that locals and tourists love so much!

The Riviera Maya Film Festival gives people the opportunity to watch films that they would be unable to find in movie theaters or any other commercial film venue. The festival opens up a space for entertainment, culture and experiences that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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Every year, in Cancun, they host a drive-in movie theater providing a unique experience, as well as the opening and closing gala ceremonies in the Cancun Theater. Make sure you stay tuned for further information as they release the official program and which international celebrities will be joining us in the beautiful paradise we call home.

Should you require specific information about the festival – or are interested in participating as a volunteer or you want to try your luck auditioning as a host or insider, you can contact them directly:

+52 984 803 00 10



Check back for further information – watching a film on the beach, with comfy seats, and joyful company is one of the best experiences you can have living in the Riviera Maya!