Official Selections for Belize International Film Festival 2018 Announced

Thirty films representing 21 countries made the cut to become the OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 13th Edition of the Belize International Film Festival according to Festival Founder & Director, Suzette Zayden. The films were named during the Media Launch kicking off promotional activities for the 2018 Belize International Film Festival (BelizeIFF) held at the University of Belize’s Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan on Thursday night.
All 30 films, as well as the OPENING NIGHT FILM which will be announced closer to the start of the actual festival scheduled to take place Nov. 8th – 11th in Belize City, will compete for the Best Film award in their respective categories: THE HUMAN CONDITION, COLLECTIVE MEMORIES and SHORTS.
Film were submitted to the festival in five categories:

  1. THE HUMAN CONDITION: films that focus on the characteristics, events, situations that compose the essentials of human existence; eg. growth, aspirations, conflicts, mortality.
  2. COLLECTIVE MEMORIES: films about people, places and events that have collectively shaped the history of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico into what it is today.
  3. SHORTS: interesting films on any subject
  4. MUSIC VIDEOS: films directed by Belizean nationals for Belizean music artists and filmed on location in Belize
  5. GREEN GLOBE: films planet that bring awareness or suggest solutions to environmental issues facing our planet and in particular Belize.

The names of the final fifteen MUSIC VIDEOs will be announced early next week.

This will be followed shortly by a formal introduction to GREEN GLOBE, a new partnership initiative with Belize’s energetic environmental community. In this, its inaugural year, GREEN GLOBE will be led by the World Wildlife Fund and its environmental partners and their work with Belize’s Barrier Reef and World Heritage Sites supported by the Belize Marine Fund through MARFUND. The films chosen for this category will not be competitive but educational in nature and selected to specifically support the work of ongoing environmental campaigns here in Belize.

The 2018 Belize International Film Festival is produced by the National Institute of Culture through the Film and Media Arts Unit of the Institute of Creative Arts with the generous support of sponsors such as the Belize Bank, Atlantic Bank, DIGI, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza, G.A. Roe & Sons, Channel 5 Belize, Simon Quan Ltd., Ka’ana Resort, World Wildlife Fund and the Belize Marine Fund as well as industry partners such as the Belize Film Commission, the Belize Audiovisual Industry Association, the University of Belize and scriptwriting software leader, Final Draft.



  1. AMALIA THE SECRETARY (Colombia, 2018) Dir. Andres Burgos
  2. BJARNE HATES THE CAMERA/ BJARNE VIL IKKE PA FILM (Norway, Poland, 2018) Dir: Weronika Nitsch
  3. BURKINA RISING / BURKINABE RISING (Burkina Faso, 2018) Dir. Iara Lee
  4. JEFFREY (Dominican Republic, 2016) Dir. Yanillys Perez
  5. MOVING PARTS (USA, Trinidad & Tobago, 2017) Dir. Emilie Upczak
  6. THE WOMEN OF WANGKI / LAS MUJERES DE WANGKI (Nicaragua, 2017) Dir. Rossana Lacayo
  7. THE OLDIES / LOS VIEJOS (Cuba, Venezuela, UK, 2018) Dir. Rosana Matecki
  8. TORCH (USA, 2017) Dir. Christopher Coppola


  1. FREEDOM (Belize, Jamaica, Japan, USA, Ethiopia, 2017) Dir. Hiroki Sugino
  2. GUERREO (Mexico, 2017) Dir. Ludovic Bonleux
  3. MAISANTA (Venezuela, 2016) Dir. Miguel Delgado
  4. RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME / YO NO ME LLAMO RUBEN BLADES (Panama, Argentina, Colombia, 2018) Dir. Abner Benaim


  1. ASCENSION / ASCENSION (Mexico, 2016) Dir. Samantha Pineda Sierra & Davy Giorgo
  2. BABA’S WEDDING / LA BODA DE BABA (Mexico, 2016) Dir. Lucia Carreras
  3. CHEERS TO THE NEWLYWEDS / QUE VIVAN LOS NOVIOS (Mexico, 2017) Dir: Monserrat Larqué
  4. ELENA AND THE SHADOWS / ELENA Y LAS SOMBRAS (Mexico, 2016) Dir. Cesar Cepeda
  5. EXTRA PLANTAIN (Jamaica, 2018) Dir: Rajeev Pollard
  6. FAUCET / EL GRIFO (Mexico, 2017) Dir. Dan Chavez
  7. GARDEN OF DELIGHT / EL JARDIN DE LAS DELICIAS (Mexico, 2016) Dir. Alejandro Male Garcia Caballer
  8. KICKLIFE (Mexico, 2016) Dir: Christian Cornejo
  9. NO GOODBYE / SIN AYO (Curacao, 2017) Dir. Elizabeth Francisco
  10. PARADISO (Aruba, 2018) Dir. Rebecca Roos
  11. PIGS (Mexico, 2016) Dir. Diego Catano Elizondo
  12. STAIRS TO BLACK SCREEN / LES ESCALES DE L’OUBLI (Togo, 2016) Dir. Jean-Luc Miheaye
  13. THE GOOD MAN / EL HOMBRE BUENO (Mexico, 2016) Dir: José Luis Solís Olivares
  14. THE INKSECT / LA SECTA DE INSECTOS (Mexico, 2016) Dir: Pablo Calvillo
  15. THE PIGEON KEEPER / El PALOMERO (Cuba, 2018) Dir: Hannah Smith-Yen, Miranda M. García, Miri de Villers, Olivia McAuliffe
  16. THE STARS DIE TOO / LAS ESTRELLAS TAMBIEN MUEREN (Mexico, 2018) Dir. Adrian M. Ramirez
  17. WHATS YOUR NUMBER (USA, 2017) Dir. Sigal Erez

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