BELIZEIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION 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, Oct. 4th.

All 30 films plus the OPENING NIGHT FILMS (a Short & a Feature which will be announced closer to the Opening of BelizeIFF scheduled for Nov. 8th – 11th in Belize City) will compete for the Best Film award in their respective categories.

  1. The Human Conditionfilms 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. Shortsinteresting films on any subject
  4. Music Videosfilms directed by Belizean nationals for Belizean music artists and filmed on location in Belize
  5. Green Globefilms 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 later this week followed by a formal introduction to our new environmental category called GREEN GLOBE, a new partnership initiative with Belize’s energetic environmental community. 

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BelizeIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Collective Memories
RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME /
YO NO ME LLAMO RUBEN BLADES
Dir. Abner Benaim (Panamá, Argentina, Colombia, 2018)
1 hr 25 min / Rated: G

Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970's. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even run for President of his native Panama. He lives in NY, where he granted us exclusive access to his life at home and on tour. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben's 50 year career, revealing that Ruben might still have both musical and political ambitions. This is a film about a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.

Trailer: vimeo.com/259475573Documental, 85 min Direccion Abner Benaim Producción Apertura Films, Gema Films, Ciudad Lunar Panamá, 2018
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BelizeIFF 2018 is COUNTING DOWN......
21 DAYS to the OPENING, Thursday, November 8th.

Thurs. Oct. 18th Raffle Question: What is the title/name of ONE film listed in the Collective Memories official selection?

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BelizeIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Collective Memories
MAISANTA: THE LEGEND IS BORN /
MAISANTA: NACE LA LEYENDA
Dir. Miguel Delgado (Venezuela, 2016) 1hr 30 min
Rated: PG-13

During a political and economic transition at the end of the 19th century in Venezuela, the young Pedro Pérez Delgado (Maisanta), becomes the man of the house after the death of his father, Colonel Pedro Perez Perez. To help support his mother and his sister, Pedro starts working for Colonel Macías but the Colonel betrays his trust and dishonours the family name by daring to court his sister Petra while still married. Shaped by these bitter experiences, the white boy with yellow hair, whom many called "The American" embarks on a journey to become a leader of a revolution of the poor against the newly installed "progress" where Pedro Pérez Delgado would - along with his war cry ¡Maisanta! – become a legend.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQWB1OHALGc¡ESTOY ENCANTADA DE QUE ESTÉS AQUÍ! SÍGUEME EN MIS REDES SOCIALES OFICIALES PARA QUE ESTEMOS MUY CERCA: Twitter: @velasquezkarina Facebook: www.facebook.com/...
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BelizeIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Collective Memories
GUERRERO
Dir. Ludovic Bonleux (Mexico, 2017 ) 1 hr 54 min

In the state of Guerrero, Mexico, forty-three students of Ayotzinapa teachers school are kidnapped by the police. The film follows three activists protesting the disappearances; rebelling against the injustice regardless of the sacrifices and risks - even mortal ones - their struggles may bring. Coni seeks an equitable social structure in the chaos of injustice. Juan, after losing his best friend, goes into hiding for fear of his life. Mario looks for his missing brother to find closure for his mother devastated by the absence of her son.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLpEYyyuwLMGUERRERO www.facebook.com/guerrerofilm/ a documentary film by Ludovic Bonleux Produced by Bambú Audiovisual, Cadalpiotz, IMCINE - FOPROCINE
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BelizeIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Human Condition
AND CLOSING FILM Sunday, November 11th
TORCH
Dir. Christopher Coppola (USA, 2017)

Clara grew up in the jungles of Belize but was sent to live in San Francisco after a mysterious childhood trauma. Her charming, older boyfriend, Gabriel, wanting to help her heal from the past, encourages a joint trip back to her jungle home. Once arriving, the familiar faces and beautiful tropic environment fills Clara with hope for a brighter future. But, she is soon reminded that the jungle has a dark side and begins to realize that Gabriel may have an even darker one himself.

Trailer: vimeo.com/236186003This is "Torch Trailer FINAL" by Christopher Coppola on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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BelizeIFF 2018 is COUNTING DOWN......
22 DAYS to the OPENING, Thursday, November 8th.

Wed. Oct. 17th Raffle Question: What is the title/name of ONE film listed in the Human Condition official selection?

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BELIZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Join us in welcoming Ka’ana Resort as a sponsor for the 13th Edition of BelizeIFF. Please visit their web site to get a look at this fabulous high end luxury Boutique hotel in the Cayo district! www.kaanabelize.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

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BelizeIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Collective Memories
STUDIO DRUMMIE ONE &
THE HISTORY OF ROCK STEADY
Dir. Guy Ragosta (USA, 2018) 1 hr 32 min / Rated: G

Join Joe Isaacs (aka Drummie One), and the other remaining original members of the Kingston, Jamaica Studio One (1965-1968) rhythm section ‘The Soul Vendors’ (aka Sound Dimension, aka Soul Brothers): Brian Atkinson (bass player), and Hux Brown (guitarist) as they tell the story of how Rock Steady began in 1966 at Studio One. Also starring Bunny Wailer, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Stranger Cole, Lester Sterling, Otis Gayle, The Heptones, Jack Radics, Ken Boothe, The Melodians, Willi Williams, and more. This film introduces the last living original creators of a genre of music that has spread around the globe over the last 50 years and has spawned multiple record empires using the Soul Vendors beats without recognition.

Trailer: vimeo.com/274259401This is "PREVIEW: STUDIO DRUMMIE ONE AND THE HISTORY OF ROCK STEADY MUSIC" by surfingmedicine on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people…
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BelizeIFF 2018 is COUNTING DOWN......
23 DAYS to the OPENING, Thursday, November 8th.

Tues. Oct. 16th Raffle Question: Who is the Belize International Film Festival Founder and Director?

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BelizeIFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Collective Memories
FREEDIM Dir. Hiroki Sugino
(Belize, Jamaica, Japan, USA, Ethiopia, 2017)
1hr 16 min / Rated: PG-13

Freedim is the result of 13 years of filming Rastafarian people living in Ethiopia, Jamaica, Belize, Los Angeles, and Japan and their unique way of life and thought. The principal idea of the Rastafari movement was originally raised by Marcus Garvey in early 1900 and it attracted African people who were brought to foreign lands as slaves who started considering Ethiopia as their spiritual home. Legendary Reggae artists, such as Bunny Wailer, Luciano, John Holt, Dean Fraser and Triston Palma apper throughout the film as Reggae music spread their ideas and culture throughout the world and became one of the most influential music genres nowadays.

Trailer: vimeo.com/198660508This is "FREEDIM -Trailer HD" by highrockfilm on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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