Belize’s Tenth Anniversary International Film Festival will be held July 17 – 19, 2015 on Placencia’s Peninsula in Belize. The main goal of the festival is to provide a space for the exhibition of films from Belize and its Caribbean neighbors of Southern Mexico and Central America. Through these independent films, audiences will be able to see their images on screen and be motivated to create more films.
Belize is a multicultural society and extremely interested in promoting the interaction of these different cultures. Through documentaries and story lines depicting the multiple ethnicity, there will be winners in six different categories:
• Narrative feature (80 min +)
• Short (15 min + under)
• Documentary feature 950 min +)
• Short documentary (30 min + under)
• TV dramatic series (22-60 min)
• Music video (5 min + under)
The first four of the above categories are open to any film maker worldwide. The TV dramatic series has limitations to pilots from Central America and the Caribbean for mini-series, soap operas, and telenovelas only. Music videos can only be submitted from a Belizean artist and filmed in Belize.
Other awards will go to: Best Animation, Most Notable Belizean Film, and a Youth Audience Award, the newest category of the Film Festival. It recognizes the most popular film for youth between the ages of 5 and 12.
Where to Stay
Since the film festival will be held on the Placencia Peninsula, attendees are invited to stay at the Chabil Mar Resort. It’s Placencia’s finest resort offering the best luxurious amenities and is the only guest exclusive resort in the area. It’s Trip Advisor’s 2015 Best of Belize Traveler’s Choice Award winner and has won numerous other awards, including Fodor’s “Choice for Luxury.” It’s also the closet resort to the actual village of Placencia. You can reach the village by walking, biking, golf cart, or by their shuttle service.
The resort offers a 400 foot beach right on the Caribbean with adventure packages that include: zip lining, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing, and visiting the rain forest. Chabil Mar also offers other amenities including: two beachfront infinity pools, full Concierge service, free wireless internet, private pier for dining or lounging, gift shop, Café Mar (restaurant with outdoor seating), and the Kaleidoscope Seaview Bar and Lounge.
There’s no better place to stay for the Film Festival than Chabil Mar!