There are several film festivals that take place in Mexico throughout the year. Some of these festivals are internationally recognized, and a few are small, local festivals.
Festival SayulitaSayulita, Nayarit
January 16 to 18, 2014
2014 will mark the first annual Sayulita film festival, a gathering for lovers of Mexico, film, tequila, food, music and surf. The idyllic coastal town of Sayulita in Riviera Nayarit provides a scenic, bohemian background for this international festival. Films will be shown in various venues throughout the town. Additional events include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front film venues, private screenings, lecture series, and live music.
Website: Festival Sayulita
Todos Santos Film FestTodos Santos and La Paz, Baja California
February 20 to 26, 2013
"The Todos Santos Film Festival brings to Todos Santos Latin American cinematography of great artistic and educational merit, while celebrating local and national Mexican film culture."
Website: Todos Santos Film Fest
Guadalajara International Film FestivalGuadalajara, Jalisco
March 1 to 9, 2013
Established in 1986, Guadalajara hosts this, the oldest and most important film festival in Mexico. Offering an excellent selection of Mexican and Latin American films of the year, the festival includes feature-length films, shorts, documentaries and children’s films. There are also training-focused programs designed to support and foster youth that come to the festival, offering them the chance to share experience and knowledge with film-industry professionals.
Web Site: Guadalajara Film Festival
Festival Internacional de Cine Alamos MagicoAlamos, Sonora
March 14 to 17, 2013
"El Festival Internacional de Cine, Alamos Magico is a not for profit film festival whose primary objective is to share positive and educational stories with the world giving emphasis to inspiring documentaries from Sonora and the border regions. Further, we encourage and celebrate the inspirational work of independent filmmakers from all parts of Latin America."
Website: Festival de Cine Alamos Mágico
Riviera Maya Film FestivalPlaya del Carmen, Quintana Roo
April 21 to 27, 2013
Showing 70 films in 12 theaters and 4 ocean-side venues throughout the State of Quintana Roo in southern Mexico including the destinations of Cancun, Isla Holbox, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. One of the festival's biggest draws is a competition for Best Mexican Film, "Plataforma Mexicana." Screenings are free to the public.
Mexico International Film FestivalSan Diego, California
June 1, 2013
The Mexico International Film Festival has become an important destination event within the film industry and a centerpiece for the thriving arts and culture community in Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, this festival showcases the best of world film through its screenings, events and activities. Awards are given in several categories including Feature, Documentary, Short, Foreign, Animation, Music Video, Student, Direction, Acting, Screenwriting, Television Pilot, and Best of Mexico.
Website: Mexico International Film Fest
Guanajuato Film FestivalGuanajuato, Guanajuato
July 19 to 28, 2013
Originally known as Expresión en Corto this festival has been running since 1997 as a state-sponsored, non-profit, film festival with a focus on short films, videos and documentaries. More than 400 films are screened each day in many different venues. All shows and activities are free admission. A different country is honored each year, presenting a showcase of the best of that country's film - past and present.
Web Site: Guanajuato Film Festival
Monterrey International Film FestivalMonterrey, Nuevo Leon
August 22 to September 1, 2013
Founded in 2000 as the Voladero International Film and Video Festival, this festival not only promotes the film culture in Monterrey but also brings together the viewpoints of a great many filmmakers who meet in Monterrey each year. Each year the festival invites a guest country with an important cinematographic tradition. The Festival's official award, the Cabrito de Plata, is announced at the Awards Ceremony for winners in various categories.
Website: Monterrey Film Festival
Morelia International Film FestivalMorelia, Michoacan
November 12 to 20, 2013
This film festival's goal is to promote the talents of Mexican cinema and provide a forum for international exhibition. There are both theater and open-air screenings of films and the public is invited to attend conferences, round tables and exhibitions where they can meet film industry personalities.
Los Cabos International Film FestivalLos Cabos, Baja California Sur
November 13 to 17, 2013
Los Cabos International Film Festival welcomes emerging and established filmmakers from around the world who will showcase their film works – commercial, independent, shorts, animated, documentaries, and special tribute to an international audience of industry executives and representatives, celebrities, select guests, and film lovers – to enhance movie making in the U.S., Mexico, and around the world.
Website: Los Cabos International Film Festival
Oaxaca Film FestOaxaca, Oaxaca
November 16 to 23, 2013
Filmmakers from each continent compete for nearly $100,000 USD worth of prizes. Designed to be a competitive event, this nine day festival provides a platform for the talents of seasoned filmmakers as well as emerging artists to showcase their work. The festival is equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film.
Website: Oaxaca Film Festival
Acapulco International Film FestivalAcapulco, Guerrero
The Acapulco International Film Festival, now in its 8th year, was created to promote cinema, with the beautiful port of Acapulco serving as headquarters, but with events also taking place in Ixtapa, Taxco and the state capital, Chilpancingo. Scheduled events include both outdoor screenings, workshops and courses. Special guest stars Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith will be present at the inaugural event.
Website: Festival Internacional de Cine de Acapulco