From March 9 to 15, the third edition of the Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The first announcement has arrived and it reveals the official Mexican selection, conformed of eleven feature length productions (both narrative films and documentaries).
"Mexican Platform" is the name of this competition section and two of its films will be chosen by a jury to earn a monetary prize (around $23,000 dollars) that must be used for a proper theatrical release in Mexico.
Riviera Maya 2014 will host the world premiere of Gilberto González's Los Hámsters and Carlos Hernández's Anything Else Than Air (De Puro Aire). Aside of that, well, those who attended last year FICUNAM, Guanajuato, Morelia or Baja won't find a wide variety of Mexican titles. Even the ongoing 2014 edition of Ambulante shares a couple of films with Riviera Maya (Coffee and Death in Arizona). Having said that, it is highly unlikely that these films were screened in Quintana Roo before.
This is Riviera Maya's official Mexican selection for 2014 (there's a link to a review whenever possible):
Anything Else Than Air (De Puro Aire) - Carlos Hernández Vázquez
Apart (Lejanía) - Pablo Tamez
Coffee (Café) - Hatuey Viveros
Death in Arizona (Muerte en Arizona) - Tin Dirdamal
El Resto del Mundo - Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
Heights (Cumbres) - Gabriel Nuncio
Los Hámsters - Gilberto González Penilla
Navajazo - Ricardo Silva
The Life After (La Vida Después) - David Pablos
The Well (Manto Acuífero) - Michael Rowe
We Are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa) - Samuel Kishi Leopo