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Puerto Aventuras
International Film Festival

• Riviera Maya, Mexico •
April 2–6, 2025

You can’t beat the tropical setting and laid back vibe of this festival, which was key for networking with all the other gifted artists. I know this festival will only become more sought out ... we literally want to make movies just for the chance to visit again!
                        -Dan Hertzog, Filmmaker
 

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THE PREMIER IMDb QUALIFYING FILM FESTIVAL OF THE RIVIERA MAYA.

 

El Festival Internacional de Cine de Puerto Aventuras es EL FESTIVAL DE CINE PREMIER DE LA RIVIERA MAYA.

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Call For Entries Now Open!

Exciting News! Season 2 of the Puerto

Aventuras International Film Festival is

launching with a bang! We're thrilled

to announce our new bi-monthly

seasonal-themed award program,

featuring Early Bird Awards for

Summer, Fall, and Winter. Submit your

film projects early for a chance to win these coveted awards, which come with automatic qualification and nomination for our annual event in Spring 2025 (April 2-6).

To sweeten the deal, we’re introducing an incentive program for early bird entries. Winning an Early Bird Award not only brings recognition but also secures your spot at our 2025 Annual Festival. Plus, we’ve revamped our submission fee structure to be more filmmaker-friendly—pay a one-time fee based on your project type and length, covering all categories.

Don't miss out on Early Bird Festival Pass discounts, available soon on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Sign up now to stay informed and grab your pass!

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Location

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, is the ideal location for an international film festival due to its stunning natural beauty and modern amenities. Nestled on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, it boasts pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, providing a picturesque backdrop for any event. The area's luxurious resorts and villas offer top-notch accommodations and venues, suitable for screenings, galas, and networking events.

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Puerto Aventuras, México, es el lugar ideal para un festival internacional de cine debido a su impresionante belleza natural y comodidades modernas. Ubicado en la costa caribeña de la Península de Yucatán, cuenta con playas prístinas y aguas cristalinas, proporcionando un escenario pintoresco para cualquier evento. Los lujosos resorts y villas de la zona ofrecen alojamientos y lugares de primera calidad, adecuados para proyecciones, galas y eventos de networking.

LEER LA HISTORIA COMPLETA...

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Puerto Aventuras sunset
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Venues

Mayan ruins in Puerto Aventuras
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Schedule

JUNE 1, 2024 - Open call for ALL entries SEASON 2!

JULY 31, 2024 ALL submissions entered before July 31st are eligible for our Summer bi-monthly early bird awards. Winners automatically qualify as / upgraded to NOMINEE for annual event. SUMMER AWARD THEME IS FAMILY-FRIENDLY / KID-CENTRIC OR SPORTS RELATED PROJECTS.

AUGUST, 2024 Summer Early Bird winners announced. Public screening TBD.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2024 ALL submissions entered before September 30th are eligible for our Fall bi-monthly early bird awards. Winners automatically qualify as / upgraded to NOMINEE for annual event. FALL AWARD THEME IS SUSPENSE/DRAMATIC HORROR OR ADVENTURE GENRE PROJECTS.

OCTOBER, 2024 Fall Early Bird winners announced. Public screening TBD.

 

NOVEMBER 30, 2024 ALL submissions entered before November 30th are eligible for our Winter bi-monthly early bird awards. Winners automatically qualify as / upgraded to NOMINEE for annual event. WINTER AWARD THEME IS FAMILY-FRIENDLY / ROMANTIC-COMEDY OR HOLIDAY THEMED PROJECTS. Early bird entry fees deadline.

DECEMBER, 2024 Winter Early Bird winners announced. Public screening TBD.

DECEMBER 31, 2024 Regular Deadline for projects to be considered for our annual awards. Super early bird V.I.P. pass deadline.

JANUARY 31, 2025 Late Deadline for projects still to be considered for our annual awards

FEBRUARY 10, 2025 - Notification date: OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED. Early bird V.I.P. pass deadline. 

APRIL 2–6, 2025 Season 2 Screenings, Red Carpet Gala and Awards Ceremony live in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico.

 

¡GRACIAS POR UNA EXITOSA CEREMONIA DE PREMIOS Y EVENTO EN VIVO 2024!

¡ESTAMOS BUSCANDO PROYECTOS APTOS PARA TODA LA FAMILIA PARA NUESTROS NUEVOS PREMIOS BIMESTRALES DE TEMPORADA!

PREMIOS DE VERANO (inscripciones aceptadas del 1 de junio al 31 de julio) -selecciones y proyecciones públicas en agosto de 2024 (fecha por confirmar)

PREMIOS DE OTOÑO (inscripciones aceptadas del 1 de junio al 30 de septiembre) -selecciones y proyecciones públicas en octubre de 2024 (fecha por confirmar)

PREMIOS DE INVIERNO (inscripciones aceptadas del 1 de junio al 30 de noviembre) -selecciones y proyecciones públicas en diciembre de 2024 (fecha por confirmar)

EVENTO ANUAL (inscripciones aceptadas del 1 de junio al 31 de diciembre) -selecciones anunciadas el 10 de febrero de 2025 y proyecciones públicas del 2 al 6 de abril de 2025

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Entries

How to submit your project!

 

Puerto Aventuras International Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

 

Rules

  • Films must include a version with English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English). *Spanish subtitles are encouraged for non-Spanish films but are not required.

  • Screenplay scripts must be written in English.

  • Non-English music videos must have English subtitles.

 

  • For ALL projects, submitter must provide PAIFF with a downloadable full HD (1080p recommended) .mov or .mp4 digital file of the project for screening use at least 30 days prior to event (special "for preview" and "festival screening" watermarks are acceptable).

  • TRAILERS, TEASERS, and/or SIZZLE REELS for ALL film projects MUST be available for download upon entry submission in HD or 1080p format.

  • If project IS chosen as a bi-monthly early bird winner, then it will automatically qualify as a nominated project considered for the annual awards.

  • Entry and pass fees are non-refundable.

  • PAIFF does NOT pay or reimburse filmmakers for travel and/or lodging expenses to/from festival.

 

Fees

 

We now only require ONE submission fee per project! PAIFF committee will thoroughly review and rate your project for an award consideration in ALL applicable award categories based on the type of film as laid out in the pricing structure below. Prices listed in USD.

 

Non-Documentary Features                                         $25–$75

Non-Documentary Short Films                                     $20–$65

Documentary Films                                                        $15–$60

Animation and AI-generated Projects                         $15–$50

Music Videos and Sizzle Reels                                      $10–$40

Screenplays                                                                    $15–$50

 

We consider all projects under 60 minutes to be shorts, and 60 minutes and over to be features.

 

Early bird discounts and special pricing for students, 

FilmFreeway Gold members, and late fee entry prices are listed on FilmFreeway. Promotional discounts will be available to our instagram followers (@pafilmfestival). Waiver requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

 

Festival Passes

 

V.I.P. pass includes all screenings, red carpet gala, and catered awards dinner/ceremony. SUPER EARLYBIRD, PATRON, AND SPONSOR PASSES WILL GO ON SALE SOON and can only be purchsed here.

 

Super Earlybird V.I.P. Festival Pass (on sale thru Dec. 31st)  $89

Regular Earlybird V.I.P. Festival Pass (after Jan. 1st)             $99

V.I.P. Festival Pass (after Feb. 10th)                                    $115

Last-minute Festival Pass (date TBD/unless sold out)       $125

Day-only Screenings Pass (unless sold out)                        TBD

PATRON PACKAGE                                                            $900

SPONSOR PACKAGES                                                  $1,500+

includes options to sponsor eligible filmmakers/production teams to attend. Please contact us directly for more custom sponsorships and partnership opportunities.

Passes listed are for access to the annual event April 2–6, 2025 only. Bi-monthly early bird award screenings and other promotional events are separate events. Transportation and Lodging are NOT included in the above prices.

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Aerial view of the Riviera Mayan coast.

GETTING HERE

Puerto Aventuras beach.

The community of Puerto Aventuras is located 13 miles (20 km) south of Playa del Carmen and 26 miles (45 km) north of Tulum.

Nearby Airports:

Cancun Airport

Tulum Airport

Cozumel Airport

Local Transportation Options

ADO Bus, Memo Tours, *Maya Trein

COMMITTEE & STAFF

Are you interested in joining our team of judges?

We may just have a spot for you on the team. We are seeking additional committee members for the upcoming season to help us judge projects. Let us know about your qualifications and interest in joining our esteemed panel of judges.

MOE TAYLOR, BRAINDAGGER FILMS

PAIFF Festival Director

Moe Taylor

Award-winning filmmaker,

best-selling author, and

CEO of Braindagger Films... 

visit Braindagger Films

DEWEY PAUL MOFFITT, DEWEY PAUL FILMS

PAIFF Festival Director

Dewey Paul Moffitt

Award-winning filmmaker, author, musician, and festival producer... visit Dewey's website.

SUZANNE KEIM, PAIFF CONCIERGE

Concierge Coordinator

Suzanne Keim

An expert in her field here to assist your travel inquiries.

PAIFF MASCOT

PAIFF Committee Member

Jessica Blumenkron

details soon...

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