Film Festivals in Mexico

Mexico has a thriving cinema industry and there are a variety of festivals celebrating cinema and film that take place throughout the year. Some of these festivals are large and internationally recognized, and a few others are small, local festivals, but they're all great for movie buffs hoping to include some cinematic adventures in their vacation itinerary. Here are some of the most important film festivals taking place in Mexico throughout the year.

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    Festival Sayulita

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    Sayulita, Nayarit
    January 31 to February 4, 2018
    The Festival Sayulita is a gathering for lovers of Mexico, film, tequila, food, music and surf. The idyllic coastal town in Riviera Nayarit provides a scenic, bohemian background for this international festival. Films will be shown in various venues throughout town. Additional events include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front film screenings, lecture series, and live music.
    Website: Festival Sayulita

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    Guadalajara International Film Festival

    Guadalajara Film Festival
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    Guadalajara, Jalisco
    March 9 to 16, 2018
    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.
    Website: Guadalajara Film Festival

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    Festival Internacional de Cine Alamos Magico

    Alamos Film Festival
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    Alamos, Sonora
    March 15 to 18, 2018
    Alamos Mágico International Film Festival is a not for profit event 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

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    Todos Santos Film Fest

    Todos Santos Film Festival
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    Todos Santos and La Paz, Baja California
    March 7 to 11, 2018
    "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

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    Ambulante Documentary Film Festival

    Ambulante Film Festival
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    Itinerant festival
    March 8 to May 17, 2018
    Ambulante is a film festival that seeks to promote documentary film within Mexico and reach a broader audience by screening films in a wide array of venues. The festival makes a two month annual tour across Mexico starting in Mexico City and making stops in several states throughout the country. Festival events include film screenings, workshops, talks, seminars, symposiums, and networking panels.
    Website: Ambulante

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    Riviera Maya Film Festival

    Riviera Maya Film Festival
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    Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
    Usually in April. 2018 dates TBA
    Showing films in various theaters and 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.
    Website: RMFF

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    Guanajuato International Film Festival

    Guanajuato International Film Festival

    Guanajuato, Guanajuato
    Usually in July. 2018 dates TBA
    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.
    Website: Guanajuato Film Festival

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    Monterrey International Film Festival

    Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
    Usually in August. 2018 dates TBA
    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

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    Oaxaca Film Fest

    Oaxaca Film Festival

    Oaxaca, Oaxaca
    October 5 to 11, 2018
    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

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    Morelia International Film Festival

    Morelia Film Festival

    Morelia, Michoacan
    October 20 to 29, 2017
    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.
    Website: FICM

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    Los Cabos International Film Festival

    Los Cabos Film Festival

    Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
    November 8 to 12, 2018
    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

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    Mexico International Film Festival

    Online Event
    The Mexico International Film Festival is 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. 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