How a Respected Film Festival Became a Scam (Allegedly) — The Oaxaca Film Fest Story

Sam Kench
20 min readDec 22, 2020

This is the story of a major film festival that began from humble origins with good intentions. A film festival that ran successfully for a decade, earning the respect and acclaim of independent filmmakers and screenwriters around the world. A film festival that was rocked by natural disaster, protested by the local population… and quietly turned into an alleged scheme to suck money out of creatives by preying upon their dreams, ambitions, and kind hearts. This is the story of the Oaxaca Film Festival.

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Sam Kench

Internationally awarded writer and filmmaker. Author of The Fall of Polite and South of the Mason-Dixon. Video Creator of YouTube.com/BrickwallPictures