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The Universidad Anáhuac Cancún and Delphinus, as part of the 12th Festival of the Oceans of the Mexican Caribbean, are inviting all university students to participate in the "Third University Contest: Short Films “Cineminutos” for the Ocean."

The objective of this contest is to share short multimedia messages to raise awareness among the population about the importance of understanding and caring for the ocean.


Participation is open to all active students of any undergraduate degree program at any public or private university or higher education institution. There will be 2 categories:

a) Quintana Roo. Active students from any higher education institution located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

b) Rest of Mexico and the world. Active students from any higher education institution located in Mexican territory, except for the state of Quintana Roo, and any other country in the world.

All multimedia works submitted to the contest must be original and unpublished, and be the exclusive intellectual property of the participant. In cases that use external audio, video or image sources, these must be in the public domain or royalty-free.


The participating short films will focus on caring for the ocean in a positive and proactive manner under the following thematic axes:

•              Climate change.

•              Overfishing.

•              Plastic pollution.

•              Invasive species.

•              Conservation of the vaquita (Phocoena sinus)


1.           Participation is individual.

2.           The short films must have a duration of one minute, including an intro slide provided by the organizers.


             If credits are included, they must come after the intro and will not be counted as part of the stipulated time;                  credits cannot include any additional content.

3.           The short film must focus on one of the five themes and include a possible solution to the problem raised.

4.           If the short film is not recorded in Spanish or English, it must be subtitled in one of these two languages.

5.           Participants may submit a maximum of two (2) short films, but only one of them may be awarded a prize.

6.           The short film can be recorded with any device or video camera and can be edited  using external tools.

Video Format:

The short film must be delivered in .MP4 format. The video must have a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels (Full HD) and be in horizontal format.

Submission of Works:

Participants must register at the following form: filling out the information including their full name, date of birth, country and city of residence, as well as the educational institution they are attending and the title(s) of their short film(s).

Likewise, participants must prove their status as an active student by means of a certificate, valid and current student ID, a student transcript, or any other document that serves as evidence. This document must be attached to the registration form.

The short films must be attached to the registration form, and each file must follow the naming convention: "Short Film Title" Participant's Name.mp4"

The short films must be submitted in the time window between the issuance of this call and until 11:59 PM on April 30, 2024 (GMT -5). Works submitted past the deadline will not be accepted.

The finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 PM Central Mexico Time in a live broadcast on the Festival's social media. The finalists will be summoned to attend the award ceremony, which will be held in person on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Prizes and Recognitions:

•    Quintana Roo Category.

•    Prizes for first, second and third place:

•              Quadruple PRIMAX dolphin interactions at Delphinus Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos or Playa Mujeres.

•              Admission for two to Xplor.

•              Official recognition from the Festival of the Oceans "Kaak Naab"

•              A Master Class in audiovisual media at Universidad Anáhuac Cancún, on Monday, June 17, 2024.

•              Diploma.

•    Rest of Mexico and the World Category:

•               Prizes for first, second and third place:

•              Round-trip air or land travel, as applicable, to Cancun for the announced finalist, including a round-trip                         flight for one person to be present at the winner announcement ceremony on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at                      an event yet to be announced. Winners must be able to travel from June 15 to 19, 2024.

•              Four-night stay at Dreams Sands Cancun, Quintana Roo.

•              A Master Class in audiovisual media at Universidad Anáhuac Cancún, on Monday, June 17, 2024.

•              A PRIMAX dolphin interaction at a Delphinus habitat, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

•              Finalists can bring one or more companions, but they must cover expenses and costs for said                                      companions.

•              Official recognition from the Festival of the Oceans "Kaak Naab"

•              Diploma.


The works will be evaluated by a qualifying jury made up of the organizing institutions and figures from the Mexican film industry.

This is a contest in good faith; for all controversies and aspects not expressly stated in these bases, Delphinus, through its executives, reserves the right to make the necessary decisions to resolve any situation.

Simply participating in this call implies full tacit acceptance of these contest rules. Prizes cannot be exchanged for any other goods, services or cash. Participants accept that Delphinus (Operadora Xuna SA de CV) and/or affiliated companies and Universidad Anáhuac Cancún (Universidad Anáhuac Cancún S.C.) and/or associated companies may use the short films for publication with or without profit, as well as their transmission and retransmission by any known or future form of communication, and that none of these uses will imply economic or other compensation, present or future.


A selection of the best works will be presented at an event on June 16, 2024, as part of the 12th Festival of the Oceans of the Mexican Caribbean. The 3 finalists entitled to the trip to Cancun will be informed priorly so they can be present at the event.

All received works may be published through the Festival's social media.

For additional information, as well as to access our personal data privacy notice, we invite you to visit the official website

For more information visit the official site of the Festival of the Oceans

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