The Cuban Answer to Sundance


Where do film and culture merge with historic seaside charm? Think Festival de Cine Pobre en Gibara, Cuba’s indie answer to Sundance. This interntional film festival highlights independent documentaries and storytellers each July in the small coastal fishing town of Gibara, Cuba. It's location on the island's eastern side presents a unique opportunity to explore Cuba’s less touristic side, specializing in local interactions and sightseeing found in the towns of Gibara and Santiago de Cuba.

Spend your days in dialogue with Cuba’s cultural relevance and historical riches at film screenings, galas, and panels with artists, filmmakers, and fellow travelers. You’ll have one full day dedicated to the festival’s activities, in addition to an ongoing array of events and gatherings. Built into your journey will be ample time to explore charming towns on guided excursions, including a specially curated local artists tour to understand the personal flavor of Cuba’s creative energy. Travel between towns, hiking through lush scenery and botanic gardens, savoring coastal views, and gaining in-depth insights into the area’s history and legacy, including Afro-Cuban culture and religion on the island. Evenings dining at local restaurants and listening to the rhythmic sounds of traditional music is a must.

Enjoy a special farewell dinner the last night of your journey upon the conclusion of the festival, then depart for Miami the following morning.


Dates: July 1-8, 2018

  • 2 Nights – Gibara

  • 1 Night – Holguin

  • 2 Nights – Santiago de Cuba

  • 2 Nights – Gibara


Starts at $3,900 per person sharing.

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