Costa Rican Film Festival Becomes International

How Can I See All These Films?

Costa-Rica-International-Film-FestivalChanging its name to encompass the film industry in not just Costa Rica but that of Central America, the old Costa Rican Film and Video Festival has re-vamped itself and is now known as the San Jose International Film and Video Festival.

Opening today, October 28th and running until November 8, 2011, at the San Jose Variedades Theater,  the film festival has included submissions from Central America and the Caribbean to give it that international flavor. With films from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama to name a few, the entries will be critiqued  by a panel of judges from Mexico, the U.S. and Colombia, further adding to its international flavor.

The festival will showcase a variety of films from short to full length, animation, and documentaries. In addition to the large variety of films the festival will offer workshops in the production and direction of films. The workshops are free to those interested. Registration can be confirmed by email at festivalcinesanjose@gmail.com.

The festival’s website at http://www.festivaldecinesanjose.com/2011/inicio.html outlines some of the films that will be available to see. They include the awarding winning “El Regreso“, a film by Hernan Jimenez which is creating a lot of buzz already.

Historic Costa Rica Theater Hosts Festival

The Teatro Variedades  who will host the International Film Festival is considered to be one of the most historic landmarks in San Jose, Costa Rica. Built in 1891, hosting its first movie in 1930. In addition to films, the venue has hosted art exhibits, music events, dance events and even a circus. Declared  a national heritage site in 1999, the venue is considered to be a hub for history, culture entertainment and the arts.


Festival passes for the full 12 days are available and are $20 which is a bargain, with individual entrance fees of $3 per film. Showtimes and film descriptions can be found on the festivals website. Grab your friends and popcorn and get ready to see some films from Costa Rica and Central America!


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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