30/07/20082nd. Cancun Riviera Maya International Film Festival 2008

2nd. Cancun Riviera Maya International Film Festival 2008 cancunfilmfest.com.mx
November 3-9, 2008

New film festival under motif “ecology of souls” –metaphor of sustainable encounter of countries, cultures and ethnicities. Celebration of diversity. Cultural event born in Mexico with universal vocation.

Festival was born in 2007 to show the best contemporary cinema, highlight upraising of new filmmakers, and support social development. Cancun and Riviera Maya as global melting point for international film talent.

In Mexico, it is the only film festival featuring just operas primas in official competition; International, Ibero America, and Mexico sections; maximum of ten finalists per category; and annual showcase of Ecology and Human Development Cinema.

In the international circuit, it is distinctive presenting operas primas, and pursuing three objectives –promote contemporary filmmaking, foster artistic activities, and organize ecological actions.

Cinema and culture in Cancun and the extraordinary nature of Quintana Roo State and Mayan civilization.

2007 Festival: 53 films on competition, 120 films on parallel programs. 4 film activities, 5 art/photography exhibitions, 3 concerts, 4 ecological actions, 12 special events. 70 special guests. 20 national/international journalists invited. Personalities attending from Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities. 6 screening rooms. 4 Festival spaces/malls. 3 cities. 65 contributing institution/companies. Over 3500 participants.

2008 FESTIVAL

Official Competition: Categories: INTERNATIONAL, IBEROAMERICA, MÉXICO. Sections: FICTION OPERA PRIMA (first or second feature film), DOCUMENTARY, SHORT FILMS. 10 films maximum per category.

Annual Showcases: VISIONARIES, innovative contemporary cinema. ECOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CINEMA, live on Earth films.

Guest Country: CHINA, fascinating and dynamic cinema at Asian Dragon year.

Cicles: FRONTIER 0, emigration and multicultural stories, dedicated to FESTIVAL DU CINEMA DE ROUEN (Paris), renown festival focused on Africa and South regions. GLOBAL FAMILY, cinema on television and films for all audiences.

Special Award: WOMEN IN MEXICAN CONTEMPORARY CINEMA. Special Program: CUEC 45° ANNIVERSARY, Film School at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Film Activities: FILM LAB by Mexican and international filmmakers. UNDERWATER PHOTO & VIDEO for cinematographers and divers. FESTIVALITZIN, films by children educational program.

Art / Culture Activities: ARTS, “Project Caribe”, annual collective exhibition of regional new art. Ecological Actions: 2007 activities continue. TRANSPARENT OCEAN, shore cleaning program at Sian Ka´an National Park. Special Events: RM MULTIMEDIA, films on the beach and interdisciplinary event.

PRESS COORDINATOR, STEPHANNIE MORATO stephanniemorato@gmail.com

DEVELOPMENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GUADALUPE LIMA glima@cancunfilmfest.com.mx

OPERATIONS DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HAYDEÉ CÁRDENAS, hcardenas@cancunfilmfest.com.mx