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The Full Story

Following the resounding success of our inaugural event, we are thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Puerto Aventuras International Film Festival (PAIFF). Our mission remains to celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing a diverse range of films from around the globe.

Founded by world-renowned filmmakers Moe Taylor and Dewey Paul Moffitt, PAIFF continues to build on the legacy of excellence established in its first year. Moe Taylor's films have been featured in over a hundred film festivals worldwide, winning top prizes in more than sixty events. Dewey Paul Moffitt, a veteran festival producer with over thirty years of experience in professional event production, joins Taylor in forming a formidable alliance in the cinematic realm.











Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, with its stunning natural beauty and modern amenities, remains the ideal location for our international film festival. Nestled on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, it boasts pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, providing a picturesque backdrop for our screenings, galas, and networking events. The area's luxurious resorts and villas offer top-notch accommodations and venues, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees.

The rich cultural heritage of the region adds a unique flavor to our festival, allowing us to showcase local talents and themes. With its accessibility to international airports, Puerto Aventuras is convenient for filmmakers, celebrities, and audiences from around the world. The temperate climate and outdoor venues are perfect for year-round events, and the mix of relaxation and adventure activities ensures a memorable experience for attendees.

As Puerto Aventuras continues to grow as a tourist and cultural hub, our festival attracts a diverse, global audience, enhancing its prestige and impact in the film industry. PAIFF provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to present their work to an audience that appreciates the unique power of storytelling through film.

The Puerto Aventuras International Film Festival promises to be a vibrant addition to the cultural landscape and local community. We invite you to join us in celebrating the magic of cinema and the stories that connect us all. Welcome to Season 2!

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Thank you for giving The Girl Who Faded Away a Best Visionary Director - Music Video award. It is an honor. I highly recommend this festival for its courtesy and beautiful locale in Puerto Aventuras.

   -Brent Heise, Filmmaker

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PAIFF really showed out in its first year and I can’t wait to see where they go next. They were super communicative and enthusiastic about the films and filmmakers. Even though I couldn’t attend, I could tell the locations for the screenings were beautiful and the fest felt unique and filmmakers felt special. Even from afar they gave my music video some awards, too - so count me among the filmmakers who felt special. Cheers PAIFF!

   -Kyle Garrett, Filmmaker

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So appreciative of being accepted to this festival. Was actually a fun and very personable experience in the lead up to the festival -- connecting with Moe and Dewey and others. Although I didn't make it down for the festival, I wish I had. It looked like a super location and adventure, and time to connect with other filmmakers.

   -Jim Merkel, Filmmaker

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Thanks a lot for wonderful times with great people in beautiful place. The quality and freedom of expression of all the chosen project was the highest possible, thanks a lot for the best documentary director award and big effort from the part of organizators !!   

   -Karolina Alvarez, Filmmaker

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I just attended the inaugural Puerto Aventuras International Film Festival. Set against the picturesque resort/marina town of Puerto Aventuras on the Caribbean, in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, it was incredible experience. The tropical surroundings and outdoor venues contributed to an easy-going and casual experience. Movies on the beach, informal networking sessions, and plenty of time to take in the local sights between events made for an exceptional experience. The events were well-organized, the hosts were friendly and approachable, and I particularly enjoyed the ability to network with other nominees and participants. This was my first Film Festival, and it exceeded my expectations. Several others I spoke to who have been to other Film Festivals expressed that PAIFF quickly became a favourite of theirs - particularly because of the tropical backdrop and casual setting. Given that this was the inaugural event, I expect it will only get better in the coming years.  

   -James Downham, Musician

Filmmakers on the red carpet at PAIFF awards

It was a great festival with beautiful locations for the screenings. We saw excellent films and met a lot of inspiring people. Thank you very much for the wonderful time and selecting our film 
Money Maker: Saygin Yalcin for two awards (Best Documentary Short and Best Director). 
We hope to see you all soon. 

   -Johannes Thüermer, Filmmaker

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It was truly an honor to screen not one but two of our latest shorts (DATING AUDREY and DOMINO SPRINGS) at the inaugural Puerto Aventuras International Film Festival. From the very beginning, the festival directors (Moe and Dewey) were extremely friendly and accessible — not to mention super talented filmmakers in their own rights. We sincerely appreciated them consistently promoting our work before, during, and after the event. Of course, as others have said, 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 and even better over time. With three wins, we literally want to make movies just for the chance to visit again!

   -Dan Hertzog, Filmmaker


Thanks a lot for selecting & electing our film 'Bumper' [Winner: Best Debut Feature Film]. We were delighted and impressed with the arrangements and the courtesy of the festival team. All the very best for the future editions.

   -Seerkatchi Bhaskaran, Filmmaker

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I'm so grateful to have my BERLIN shown at the festival!!

   -Ashley Bogley, Filmmaker





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