Placencia’s Robert’s Grove Goes All Out for the 9th Annual Belize International Film Festival

Life is fun sometimes.  And being invited to the 9th Annual Belize International Film Festival…just invited…is good times.  But four days of movies shown on the beach, opening and closing parties, accommodations, red carpets, international press and the beautiful village of Placencia?


What is not to love?  Yesterday, I met the “party bus” at the Ramada/Princess Hotel in Belize City for the 4 hour ride to The Inn at Robert’s Grove on the Placencia Peninsula.


Full of actors, staff, press, entertainment…this bad boy had the music pumping and the Belikin Galaxy beers flowing.

We arrived at Robert’s Grove at about 3:30pm and you could tell that the resort had been doing some major set up.  The outside deck looked gorgeous.

The red carpet.

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IMG_8067And an official press/interview area where we (WE!) could chat with the actors and directors.  IMG_8070

And the screen…practically in the water.  Can you think of a more beautiful spot to watch a film?


The crowd checked in, picked up their serious swag bags and headed to their rooms to ready for the red carpet and the night’s party.


One of the owners of Robert’s Grove took “the press” just across the way to the beautiful lagoon side properties that are being developed on the large marina.

Look at the 80+ foot catamaran, newly purchased by the resort for diving trips.  Eleven state rooms.  WOW.


Gorgeous houses with boat slips along the canals…


My suite is beautiful and it was a gorgeous night for a party and outside movie.  THANK goodness.


I changed and headed to the party in the 3 inch wedge heels that were about to chew my feet up and spit them out.




BEAUTIFUL spread…Robert’s Grove is REALLY good about branding.  The RG is everywhere.   I’m guessing all owners have it tattooed somewhere on their bodies.  (Allen and Dawn, can you confirm?)




In my fanciest outfit in Belize?  I can’t get near this thing!  But oh so tempting…


And then the red carpet…here are some of the better pictures that I took.  This is where I wish I had the BIG camera.  Give me a bit of paparazzi cred.


The director and star of the opening night movie:  Kingston Paradise.  You can check out the website and their Facebook page for lots of information on the film.


And more pics from the party and the carpet.

IMG_8124Work it ladies.  But not just any ladies.  On the right Wende, founder of the Placencia Lobster Festival and her friend, the found of the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival.  Super stars!


A truly beautiful evening.

IMG_8138IMG_8140A gorgeous family.

IMG_8148The owners/investors in Robert’s Grove.

IMG_8149And being interviewed on the couch…



Minister Manuel Heredia from San Pedro.


The beautiful Melonie Gillett performed two songs at the opening ceremony.  Check out here video for “Come Away” – great commerical for Belize.

Love her dress.




And then the music, the introductions, the most beautiful rendition of the national anthem I’ve ever heard and the movie…

IMG_8219What an amazing setting…


A few people lingered by the bar but most were on the beach watching the opening film.

IMG_8230This was just the opening party.  Events are going on here and all over the country all weekend.  Check out the schedule and go to your local viewing.   How often do you get to go to an outside movie in Belize?

Support local and international movie making in Belize.  I’m certainly having fun doing that…

Here are the official media sponsors of the event.













  • Wow, looks like an incredibly glamorous night. And that sushi on the buffet…well, I know where I’d be hanging out! But I’m seriously disappointed that we don’t get to see any photos of you in your fancy dress!

    • Belize Blog

      Oh man! It really wasn’t all that fancy. And since when did you believe me to be a person that posts that kinda stuff!

      • Sure looks fancy from the color/fabric and your “real” shoes…not flip flops even! And a lot of the folks were certainly dressed to the nines…at least compared to anything I had hanging in my closet when we lived there! Just would have liked to have seen your dress. From the little bit of fabric you showed, it looked pretty…and girly!

  • Laurie

    I’m seriously disappointed that you chose to post a clip on Obama. WTF? Do you understand what is going on?

    • Belize Blog

      I’m confused…forwarding an amusing photoshopped picture of the US President in Belize has you seriously disappointed? Do I understand what is going on with what? Let’s not get all political. This is a blog about life in Belize!

  • lifeagain

    Wow Scoop- your like a genuine, alive, for real Cinderella………..when does that guy show up?…you know….i forget his name….Chuck, Chas or Charm……that’s it… when you Que that Charming guy then everything will be in place…….yep….Cinderella you are living the life…..


    • Belize Blog

      Ha…do you think? Maybe this was my big chance!