Bolivian movie marathon sets new Guinness record
I LOVE watching movies, but doing it continuously for over 200 hours seems like an impossible feat. But not for two Bolivian movie aficionados who recently won a national movie marathon contest and split a prize of $10,000.Last year, Bolivia set a new world record for the longest movie marathon.
Felipe Gonzalo Ticona managed to stay awake for 131 hours watching all kinds of different films, but because a Guinness representative wasn't present on scene, his record wasn't certified so the title remained in the possession of a certain Indian gentleman.
But this year, Bolivian movie theater chain 'Cine Center' was determined to snatch the title of longest ever movie marathon for their home country, so they announced another monumental film-watching event that would take place simultaneously in three of Bolivia's largest cities: La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.
The person who managed to beat all other participants and surpass the current record of 128 hours was guaranteed a prize of $10,000 and his name mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.In total, over 1,400 film fans signed up for the chance to see dozens of films and win the attractive cash prize.
At first, organizers decided to allow only people over 18 to enter the competition, but after receiving a considerable number of requests from younger movie buffs, they decided to allow teens as well, as long as they presented a signed authorization from their parents.Everyone had to pay a $14 entrance fee.
The great Bolivian movie marathon kicked off on September 1, and had a pretty straightforward set of rules. Contestants had to watch movies of different genres, including action, comedy and drama for as long as they could, with 15 minute breaks between movies, and three half-hour breaks for breakfast, lunch and dinner.