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11 Mexican Films to be Features in Belize Film Festival

The annual Belize International Film Festival opening ceremony takes place on Thursday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. The red carpet affair leading up to the official event commences at six p.m. and will be broadcast on this station immediately following the evening’s newscast. The festival will feature numerous films from across the region. This year, Mexican filmmakers will have a strong presence at the festival with eleven Mexican films submitted to the competition by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography. The Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize will also be one of the venues of the festival, screening part of the official selection of documentaries this Saturday, November tenth. But to get you in the mood, tonight the classic Mexican Film “Macario” from 1959 will be projected on the patio. Officer in Charge of Cultural and Educational Affairs, Diego Sapien says that it is for everyone.

Diego Sapien, Officer in Charge of Cultural & Educational Affairs, Mexican Embassy

“Today we are going to have the screening of the Mexican movie; a very important Mexican film, Macario, that is one of the first film or the first Mexican film that was nominated as the foreign language film in the Oscars in 1959-1960. So that is very important for us. The Belize Film Festival is a big important part of the Mexican Institute. Over the last few years, we have worked very closely with Suzette Zayden, the Belize Film Commission, NICH in doing the Belize Film Festival. This year it is a special celebration for us because eleven films have been selected to be showcased at the Belize Film Festival too. The Mexican Institute this Saturday is going to be an official venue for the Film Festival on the tenth, from two p.m.  The official shorts [documentaries] are going to be shown here at the festival.”

The 13th edition of the Belize International Film Festival - November 8th -11th, 2018

The 13th edition of the Belize International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off on November 8th -11th, 2018. Representatives of the BIFF spoke with us about this year's feature films. We spoke with them about the development of our local film industry and how they are supporting skill development. On our couch: Suzette Zaiden -Founder, Belize International Film Festival
Dan Mirvish - Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Author
Nicole Brooks - Content Creator

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Video: Belize International Film Festival 2018 OPENING NIGHT

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Belize International Film Festival 2018 Closing Concert and Awards Ceremony

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Belize International Film Festival - Greg Emerson

Greg Emerson was in country to participate in the 13th edition of the Belize International Film Festival. He is a Post Production Executive and has contributed to several popular animated films through his work with Warner Brothers. He spoke with us about how interested persons can begin to develop their skill to get break into the film industry. He shared that those interested in a career in film animation should gain "pencil mileage" and hone their skills and versatility. On set:
Greg Emerson - Post Production Executive
Seth Hernandez - Certification and Compliance Officer, Film and Media Arts Unit

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Pictured above, left to right: Juror Dan Mirvish, Juror Nicole Brooks, NICH president Sapna Budhrani, Festival director Suzette Zayden and Juror Flavio Florencio.

Dance and Reggae Wrap 13th Belize Int’l Film Fest

Mexican films and shorts dominated the winners of the 13th Belize Intl. Film Festival on Sunday in a brisk closing ceremony punctuated by pulsing reggae music performances by the likes of Ras Indio & Boss Lady, Ernestine Carballo and Jah Art.

The event was broadcast live on local television station, Channel 5.

“Guerrero,” Ludovic Bonleux’s harrowing documentary about the disappearance of 43 students and the protests that paralyzed the Mexican state, won best film in the festival’s Collective Memories section.

“You wouldn’t know it, but it’s a feel-good musical,” quipped juror Dan Mirvish, co-founder of Slamdance, who presented the award.

Mexican short films also beat out other contenders from the region with Toronto-based multihyphenate-juror Nicole Brooks – who showed off her prodigious dancing skills to kick off the event – giving out the best short prizes.

Mexican short “The Good Man” (“El Hombre Bueno”) by Jose Luis Solis, won the top prize. The 16-minute film turns on a man in a drought-stricken town who was told as a child that for rain to come, a good man must die.

Animated sci-fi-fantasy short “The Inksect” (“La Secta de Insectos”) by Mexico’s Pablo Calvillo, took home an honorable mention.

Dominican Republic docu “Jeffrey” by Yanillys Perez, won the Best Film prize in the Human Condition category, presented by juror Flavio Florencio, who reminded the audience that they should make films for themselves, not for Hollywood. “Jeffrey,” about a young boy’s aspirational struggle to change his dire circumstances through reggae, was first presented at the Panama Fest’s 2016 Primera Mirada pix-in-post showcase and later selected by Toronto.

Meanwhile, American-Belizean filmmaker Samantha Aldana, whose whimsical short “Melancholy Man’ preceded the opening night film, Abner Benaim’s “Ruben Blades is Not My Name,” received an Emerging Storytellers Feature Film Award for her upcoming debut feature, “Little Lying Wild.”

Reggae performer Ras Indio won the Best Music Video award, selected by juror Denise Williams, for his song “UNITY,” which he performed on Sunday. The closing ceremony was preceded by “Torch,” presented by director Christopher Coppola who shot the drama in Belize and the U.S.

In Belize to rep Final Draft, the leading screenwriting software program, Kala Guess gave out the coveted program to winners and to attendees of the screenwriting workshop she conducted along with Story Gardens producer Chris Pack, Florencio and Mirvish.

Greg Emerson, Post Production head of Warner Bros. Animation, addressed students earning an Associates of Arts degree in graphic design where he deconstructed the production process for them.

Florencio spoke at Belize City’s Gateway Youth Centre (an educational and recreational facility for at risk youth aged 13 years+) where he conducted theatrical exercises and chatted with the youth about their dreams and how to achieve them.

“We wanted to encourage young people to look at film as a career option,” said festival director Suzette Zayden. Aside from screening 31 films from 21 countries in four days, the festival sought to bring more awareness to environmental issues that affect the planet and daily lives. “We partnered with the World Wildlife Fund and Oceana in Belize to create a new non-competitive category called Green Globe, strictly for educational purposes,” Zayden noted.

The 13th BelizeIFF ran Nov. 8-11.


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