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Ones to watch: Viva Mexico Film Festival a new festival in Australia in Perth & Melbourne


Viva Mexico Film Festival will take place for the first time in Perth and Melbourne. The Festival will provide a showcase of the very best of contemporary Mexican cinema. The line-up will include an exciting mix of genres, including comedy and drama, all providing a glimpse into the life and issues that Mexico and Mexicans are facing today.

The timing will coincide around the famous Day of the Dead Festival, a Mexican tradition celebrated each year at the beginning of November.

According to the Viva Mexico Film Festival directors, Sarah Connor and Jose Briones, "Mexico has some amazingly creative film makers and has a long tradition of producing outstanding, high calibre films. We wish to share our passion for Mexican cinema with Australian audiences by bringing over some of the best films the country has to offer. We are absolutely certain that Australia will love this year's selection and will enjoy the audio-visual experience at the Backlot cinemas."


The Viva Mexico Film Festival ( will screen the best of contemporary Mexican cinema, providing a glimpse into Mexico's present
and past and into its rich cultural heritage.
The first year of the festival will be held in Perth and Melbourne. It will be screening 14 different films from a range of genres including action, drama, suspense, comedy, animated film and terror.
The Best of Mexican Cinema coming to Perth
- Opening night screening. "600 Miles". Cygnet Cinema in Como. Wednesday 28 October. 7.30 pm
- 8 sessions at The Backlot Perth. 5-8 November.
- 3 feature films and a short film at the Carnival Macabre, Northbridge Piazza. 28 - 31 October.
- Festival Party with Day of the Dead theme. The Blue Flamingo. Thursday 5 November. 8.30 pm.
In its first year, the Viva Mexico Film Festival ( will be screening the best of contemporary Mexican cinema in Perth, from 28 October to 8 November. As part of the film festival celebrations, we will be hosting a Mexican party, themed around the Day of the Dead, at the new venue The Blue Flamingo in Leederville.
“The festival’s film line up will include an exciting mix of genres providing a glimpse into modern day Mexico as seen through the eyes of creative Mexican
filmmakers. We are sure that the Australian audience will enjoy our selection, each film with a very distinctive Mexican flavour", says Sarah Connor, Director of
the Viva Mexico Film Festival.
“Film is a very important industry in my country and we are proud to be able to share some of the most acclaimed, contemporary Mexican films with our audiences in Perth and Melbourne in this, the first year of our festival. We aim to take the festival to Sydney next year and to expand to other Australian cities as
we grow", explains Jose Briones, Director of Operations of the festival.
The Viva Mexico Film Festival kicks off in Perth on 28 October screening "600 Miles" at the Cygnet Cinema in Como. The film, starring the British actor Tim Roth, has received excellent reviews and has been selected to represent Mexico as a contender for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. It also won Best First Feature at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The rest of the festival will be screened at the state-of-the-art cinema, The Backlot Perth, in West Perth.
A festival party will be hosted on Thursday 5 November at The Blue Flamingo in Leederville. The theme will be around the Day of the Dead with a live band
playing salsa and other Latin dance rhythms.
Tickets for the films cost $20, entry to the party $25. All tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and can be accessed by the festival website and Facebook
Th festival will run in Melbourne November 11 & 12




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