Festival Sayulita 2019 is calling you to our paradise! The sixth annual Festival Sayulita is a unique gathering for all lovers of Mexico, Film, Spirits, Food, Music and Surf to be held January 30th - February 3rd. The idyllic coastal town of Sayulita provides a scenic, bohemian background perfect for this international festival. Creative and provocative films will be shown in various venues throughout the town. Additional events include spirits and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front film venues, private screenings, fun run, kids day, yoga, and live music.

Once known only for its fishing business and scenic beaches, Sayulita now boasts a thriving community of local, Mexican restaurants and craftsman alongside trendsetting establishments. Surfing, paddle boarding, yoga, mountain biking and other outdoor activities helps make Sayulita an irresistible destination. Festival Sayulita will highlight these many assets while spicing up the town with new and never-been-seen international films in the genres of Action Sports, Short Feature, Documentary, Animation and Stop Motion, and Alternative.

Sprit companies will be offering tastings of locally made, specialty spirits and sharing some of their knowledge on the growing and processing methods and local restaurants are planning pairing menus to enhance tequila experience. Don't miss something authentic, magical and far-out as only Sayulita can offer

Best film in each category

By submitting your film, you affirm that she or he is either the maker or the authorized agent of maker of the submission titled above. The submitter understands that her or his submission indicates that if the submission titled above is selected for Festival Sayulita, permission is essentially granted to Festival Sayulita to exhibit the work throughout the Festival,running from January 29th to February 2nd, 2020. Submission also indicates willingness to provide three extra DVD copies of the work if needed and at least one j-peg photo for PR and/or publication. The submitter accepts that as a nonprofit organization,
Festival Sayulita would not be held liable for any infringement of copyrights related to music or vintage or other footage or material which the maker or representative or agent may be responsible for. Nor will Festival Sayulita, its agents or trustees, be held culpable for any damage to materials or loss resulting from public exhibition of films or DVDs etc. DVDs are not typically returned after the festival but special arrangement may be set up if absolutely necessary.

By submitting your film, you affirm that the Festival Sayulita committee chooses the time, place and frequency of the public showing of the submitted film as well as the committee reserving the right to determine what equipment is used to screen the submitted film. (This is a small beach town in Mexico, not a mega theater complex with THX surround sound and 4K capability)

** We strive for the best possible projection standards however our resources and equipment are limited. Because of this we ask that you submit your film with the following technical considerations.

Films should be submitted as digital download links that are password protected with a download enabled for the duration of the festival in the event that backup copies are required for screening.

Films should be no more than 1920x1080 resolution and encoded with an H.264 codec in an .mp4 or .mov wrapper (other codecs may be acceptable but playback cannot be guaranteed for all codecs). Audio should be 2 channel only and final file sizes should be no more than 10GB.

We strive to be a bilingual festival and encourage films to be subtitled, Spanish language films should be subtitled in English and English films subtitled in Spanish. For other language titles, Spanish subtitles are preferred although English is acceptable. Subtitles should be “burned in” to the digital file (not sent as a separate file). **

Overall Rating
  • Allison Walsh

    Festival Sayulita was awesome!! I could not believe how welcome I felt the entire time. I attended the festival on my own and the programming committee connected me other filmmakers right away. I got to surf, paddle board, eat delicious food, hike, do yoga, hablar español, and watch films. It was the best week of my year.

    By the end of the festival, my new filmmaker friends felt like part of my family! I highly recommend this festival and I can't wait to return.

    October 2019
  • If any filmmaker gets the chance to screen here get ready to have fun and watch an incredible collection of films. They really care about films and the audience at Festival Sayulita and the communication is so welcoming. Highly recommend!

    March 2019
  • Lyn Chick

    This festival is an incredible event, with the warmth of the organisers and the local people, the venues for the screenings are incredible, you will not be disappointed. It's a warm and wonderful experience and you will make great friendships.

    February 2019
  • Marcela Ayala Loera

    Overall, it was a good experience! Nice spots and very good organization ;)

    February 2019
  • Leslie Ann Coles

    I love this festival! Met so many amazing people. The outdoor screening venues were awesome. I really enjoyed the non film/ industry related workshops too! Such a warm embrace from a community that love film, surfing, good food, music and he arts in general! I’ll be submitting again this year!

    February 2019