Hola Mexico Film Festival Goes Virtual!

Founded in 2008, the Hola Mexico Film Festival strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. Despite Covid, fest will continue virtually as AfterBuzz Latino reports.  

Leslie Colon

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: May 21st, 2020 12:04 am pst

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Afterbuzz TV Latino: Hola Mexico Virtual Theater

We are currently faced with a new reality due to the COVID-19 health crisis, but that is not stopping the Hola Mexico Film Festival, which proudly presents the Hola Mexico Virtual Theater, its first online film series starting May 21. 

The festival, which has been postponed until September 2020, wants to give viewers the opportunity to see some of the best films that have come out of Mexico in recent years and serve as a reminder of how much Mexican cinema has grown in the past two decades. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch these films while staying safe at home.

Credit: Hola Mexico Film Festival Website


Samuel Douek, the Founder & Director of the Hola Mexico Film Festival commented,  

“We’re talking about some of the best films to have come out of Mexico yet were never released in the United States, or if they did screen in the U.S., it was for a limited time, and they are certainly not currently available to view anywhere else,” 

The festival will begin with its first film Los Parecidos (The Similars) directed by Isaac Ezban where on the rainy night of October 2, 1968, eight characters waiting on a remote bus station in the middle of nowhere for a bus heading to Mexico City start experiencing a strange phenomenon. 

The Hola Mexico Virtual Theater will also include the following screenings:

May 21, Los Parecidos – Dir. Isaac Ezban

May 22, El Estudiante – Dir. Roberto Girault

May 23, Revolucion– Directors- Mariana Chenillo, Fernanda Eimbcke Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen

May 24, Oso Polar– Dir. Marcelo Tobar

May 28, Los Ojos del Mar– Dir. Jose Alvarez

May 29, Historias Del Desencanto– Dir. Alejandro Valle

May 30, El Cielo Abierto –Dir Everardo Gonzalez

May 31, Tiempos Felices-Dir- Luis Javier H.

Between spanning comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries, the festival showcases high quality films which have been specially curated for this online theater event experience.

Credit:  Hola Mexico Film Festival Website


The proceeds of each “ticket” will be shared with the filmmaker to support the festival and the filmmaker!

Again this festival is only for a limited time and is a one time event, where no subscription is necessary and the price of each “ticket” is only $4.99! 

If you are a film buff or are simply just stuck at home (like the rest of us) you will definitely not want to miss this amazing artistic opportunity!

Tickets for screenings of the Hola Mexico Virtual Theater are available at:


Stay tuned to see which of these films we will be writing about!

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About The Author:

Born and Raised in San Diego, California, Leslie Colon brings passion for her Mexican heritage and love for wrestling, sports and reality TV to her role as a host for AfterBuzz TV and AfterBuzz TV Latino. She’s especially passionate about the Los Angeles Chargers, Bella Twins, and a cup of coffee.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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