7th Annual Costa Rican International Film Festival

7th annual criff

The culture of Costa Rica has a great regard for art and people involved with it. Whether it is music, painting, handicrafts, theatres or films… Every aspect of fine art is appreciated and promoted by Ticos. Among the many festivals that encourage talent of artists, The Costa Rican Film Festival has gained its significance like no other.

This Film Fest is an annual event that goes around between the months of May and June. This year the dates have been set from May 29th – June 1st 2013. The fest will be set against the most exotic backdrop of the city of Montezuma, Costa Rica and will be organized at the wonderful venues including its known partner for years; El Sana Banano Village Hotel, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Puggos Restaurant, Chico’s Bar and many more.


The Costa Rican International Film Festival (CRIFF) has provided an amazing platform for all the independent film makers and movie buffs from all over the world to gather at one place and celebrate the incredible art of cinema. Its role in promoting and bringing out unseen skills and talents of young and old film makers is undeniable. The festival of films exhibits a variety of film including short films, features and documentaries. These can be submitted online by anyone from anywhere via their website. Its show is then confirmed by the selection committee to the maker. The makers of the best films are also awarded in many categories by the jury. This pushes the film makers to put their best foot forward, to think out of the box and try to bring something new onto the table.


Besides the film exhibition, CRIFF strives to establish everlasting and true alliance among all the artists of the world. To do so, they plan group activities for film makers and audience to become a part of. These include seminars, discussion panels and special screenings. For cravers of adrenaline rush, the resorts and hotels at the venue offer adventurous activities like scuba, snorkeling, ATV rides, zip line canopy tours and hiking to the waterfalls. Those who love to party are kept entertained by drinks, live music concerts, performances, artists, beach, street, late night and full moon parties at the Chico’s Bar. While those who enjoy quiet and serenity, can enjoy a tan at the sun kissed beaches of Montezuma. All these efforts are made to unite all the attending film makers and stimulate cooperation and team work among them.

Top class hotels and resorts provide accommodations and facilities to the visitors and work hard to make their stay pleasing. The hotels and resorts are available according to the person’s desire of spending the vacation, be it near the hustle and bustle of the festival or at a calm and private location slightly away from the venue. All hotels are air conditioned, equipped with WIFI and have attached baths. The best options include El Sana Banano Village Hotel, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Anamaya Resort, Mariposario Montezuma Gardens Bed and Breakfast and Luna Llena.

Every year CRIFF puts forward a showcase of the promising and great film makers from every part of the world. It is indeed a global festival where the movie buffs can meet up and share their thoughts on this art by discussing their views, ideas and visions and make up a whole bigger brighter picture.






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