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Outstanding personalities from Baja California Sur, Mexico and the world, gathered in the for the opening of the 7th edition of Los Cabos International Film Festival.
The visionary film director, Terry Gilliam, received the Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History, while the head of Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, obtained the Outstanding Work In Film Industry recognition.
The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Emma Stone, marked the beginning of 4 days that will gather the most applauded movies from the entire world.
Los Cabos International Film Festival began after a warm day full of welcomes, that ended with the Opening Gala at the Pabellón Cultural de la República, in Cabo San Lucas.
The words of Alfonso Pasquel, president of Los Cabos Arte y Cultura A.C.; Jesús Armida Castro Guzmán, municipal mayor of Los Cabos; Carlos Mendoza Davis, Governor of the State of Baja California Sur; Alejandra Paulín, Executive Director; and Maru Garzón, Artistic Director of Los Cabos International Film Festival, invited the audience to enjoy the extraordinary program of films that this event offers, and the attending professionals to explore all the comercial offers that the Industry area of this Festival represents.
During the Opening Night Gala, two much expected recognitions were bestowed: the Outstanding Work In Film Industry honor was granted to Piers Handling, CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival; and the visionary, unconventional and irreverent film director, Terry Gilliam, accepted the Exceptional Contribution to the History of Cinema Tribute. The director will also present the Mexican Premiere of his most recent movie, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, during this edition.
For an amazing ending, the audience witnessed the Mexican Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos’s newest film, The Favourite, winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the Venice Film Festival, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman.
More than 80 screenings, besides panels, conferences and an Industry market add to a unique personality that distinguish a Festival that contributes to place Mexico as a cultural destination for the world.
Los Cabos International Film Festival will celebrate a memorable 7th edition from the 7th to the 11th of November 2018, with a must-see program comprised of 41 national and international titles, of which 2 are world premieres, 17 are international premieres and 15 are Mexican premieres.
The Festival’s industry platform, for its part, will celebrate one of its most ambitious editions to date, receiving over 300 professionals from the international film industry that shall meet over the course of four days at ME Cabo Hotel, to take part in over 400 encounters at the Los Cabos Industry Meetings, screenings and pitching sessions, activities that seek to create a synergy that will allow to continue to build ties between Mexico, the United States and Canada with the rest of the world.
The Festival, in partnership with Cinemex, Chemistry, CTT EXP & Rentals, Cinecolor, Talent On The Road /World Talent House, Art Kingdom, Marché Du Film and BOBO Entertainment, will award $6,995,186 MXN distributed among 14 prizes both in the Official Competitions (México Primero and Competencia Los Cabos), and the different financial supports offered by the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund (Film in development, TV in development and film in postproduction – Work In Progress); added to this is the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI): Cinematographic Achievement Award. The winners shall be announced on Saturday the 10th of November during the closing ceremony.
These are some of the activities that will take place during the Festival:
Pitching Workshop: Producers Paula Vaccaro and Aaron Brookner will host this pitching workshop for the representatives of the selected projects of our TV Series in Development category, who will learn how to strengthen their pitching techniques, and put them to use during the Festival.
From Film to TV: The Ups and Downs of A Shifting Industry. This panel will bring together filmmakers, producers and showrunners of some of the most influential series of these last few years. During these meetings, the panelists will discuss the pros and cons of an industry that is constantly gaining more importance as far as their audiovisual content production is concerned. The panel participants will be: Entourage and Ballers (Rob Weiss), Narcos (Andrés Baiz), Alias Grace (Sarah Gadon), Anne with an E (Miranda de Pencier), She’s Gotta Have It (Tonya Lewis Lee), The Bisexual (Desiree Akhavan) Luis Miguel – La serie (Carla González Vargas y Humberto Hinojosa), El Chapo and Señor Ávila (José Manuel Cravioto), Radical Eye: The Life and Times of Tina Modotti (Alex García). The panel will be divided in two sessions, each moderated by the American producer Mark Kassen and the Mexican film critic Arturo Aguilar respectively, and it will take place on November 9, at 11:30 am inside theatre 1 at Cinemex Puerto Paraíso.
The Festival is proud to present its teaching area, Los Cabos +, that will, from this edition onwards, host all the academic activities that we will offer, not only during the festival, but also all year round. As part of this area, the Festival has launched the 2o Film Critic Competition, from which were chosen three finalists who will travel to Los Cabos to receive one-on-one advice sessions with renowned Mexican film critics, in order to prepare the
essays with which they will compete. The winning essay will be published in SensaCine México and The HuffPost México, and its author will be invited to participate in an episode of the radio show El Cine Y…, through Ibero 90.9. The results will be announced during the closing ceremony of our seventh edition.
We are also happy to present the Journalists in Cinema and Culture Panel: Conquered territories, that aims to put forward the points of view of women in film journalism, the way they have found their place in the media and an insight on the exercise of their profession. These are the panelists: Hipatia Argüero (Nexos magazine and the winner of our first film critic competition), Adriana Fernández (Reforma), Columba Vértiz (Proceso) and Saraí Campech (Canal Once). The panel will take place on Thursday the 8th of November at 11:45am on the Deck of the ME Cabo Hotel.
B-Side, a selection of films in which cinema portrays music, and musicians ponder through cinema, presented by Pepsi and the Viceroy Los Cabos hotel:
Special Presentations, films that come to life during the Festival thanks to the guests who accompany them or the parallel events derived from them, such as:
partnership with Casa Dorada.
cycle, in partnership with Casa Dorada.
Galas – presented by Resort at Pedregal.
As every year, the Pabellón Cultural de la República, will host the red carpet and the opening and closing ceremonies.
We are thrilled to announce that the opening ceremony will be followed by the Latin- American premiere of The Favourite (Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos), and as for our closing ceremony, guests will enjoy the screening of Blackkklansman (Dir. Spike Lee), whose Latin- American premiere will also take place at Los Cabos.
The Festival is honored by the presence of those prominent figures to whom it will pay tribute this year at Los Cabos, and celebrate their place in cinema history, together with our attendees.
The Festival is pleased to announce the following awards:
Outstanding Work at Film Industry: Piers Handling.
We are happy to deliver this award to Piers Handling, executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival for 23 years.
Dialogue with Piers Handling:
Leonardo García Tsao, the renowned Mexican film critic, will lead a dialogue with Piers Handling.
Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History Tribute: Terry Gilliam.
During the opening ceremony, the Festival will honor the screenwriter, director, actor and comedian, Terry Gilliam, who through his legendary films, such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Brazil (1985) and 12 Monkeys (1995) has influenced entire generations and has left his mark in cinema History.
Films: As part of this tribute, Terry Gilliam will present The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998).
Dialogue with Terry Gilliam: The celebrated journalist and playwright Juan Villoro, will lead a dialogue with Terry Gilliam, an in-depth conversation about his career, his sources of inspiration and his projects.
Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History Tribute: Spike Lee.
The Festival is honored to pay tribute to Spike Lee for being one of the most important voices in contemporary cinema, for his strong career and the way in which it has had an effect and inspired other filmmakers, as well as society as a whole, by making it question the status quo. Not only did Spike Lee’s work revolutionize film art during the second half of the twentieth century; its relevance is compelling and its message, to this day, is more pressing than ever.
Films: As part of this tribute, Spike Lee will present his most recent film Blackkklansman (2018), and the iconic Do The Right Thing (1989).
Dialogue with Spike Lee: the American actor and legendary film partner of Spike Lee, Roger Guenveur Smith, will lead this dialogue. This talk aims to paint a complete picture of Spike Lee’s career, as well as an introduction to his filmmaking process.
Outstanding Work In Cinema: Adam Driver.
The Festival extends a warm welcome to Adam Driver, an actor not to be missed due to his impressive career in cinema worldwide, and who has worked beside great filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee and Terry Gilliam, amongst others.
Films: As part of this tribute, Adam Driver will present a special screening of Paterson (2016), as well as playing the main characters in Blackkklansman and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
REMINDERS OF INDUSTRY AND PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
These are the 21 projects chosen to participate in the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, during the 2018 Festival:
GFFF- Film in development:
Molar City / Dir. Santiago Fábregas / Prod. Gabriel Stavenhagen / Mexico
Estado del imperio / Dir. Amat Escalante / Prod. Nicolás Celis, Fernanda de la Peza / Mexico
The Hole in the Fence / Dir. Joaquín del Paso / Prod. Fernanda de la Peza, Joaquín del Paso / Mexico / chosen in partnership with MICA
Neza / Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón / Prod. Rafael Ley, Rodrigo S. González, María José Córdova / Mexico
Ona sur / Dir. Begoña Colomar / Prod. Joseph Mastantuono, Gabriela Gavica Marrufo / Mexico-United States
Sangría / Dir. Pablo Agüero / Prod. Julia Cherrier, Thierry Lounas / Mexico-France Viaje al país de los tarahumaras / Dir. Federico Cecchetti / Prod. Edher Campos y Yanick Lètorneau / Mexico-France-Canada
United States and Canada
The Gymnast / Dir. Charlotte Glynn / Prod. Michael Harrop, Brian Koppelman, David Levien / United States / Chosen in partnership with Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)
In cold light / Dir. Maxime Giroux / Prod. Mike MacMillan, Yanick Lètorneau / Canada
Milk / Dir. Gabriella Moses / Prod. Martisse Hill, Julius Pryor, Shruti Ganguly / United States-Ecuador / Chosen in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute
Saint Cabron / Dir. Bruce Labruce / Prod. Nicolas Comeau, Jurguen Bruning / Canada-Germany
GFFF – Work In Progress:
Chèche Lavi / Dir. Samuel Ellison / Prod. Kyle Martin, Abraham Avila, Kim Parker, Rachel Cantave, Nora Mendis / Mexico-United States
Ana’s Desire / Dir. Emilio Santoyo / Prod. Araceli Velázquez Silva, Valeria Ariñez Sanjines / Mexico
Days of Winter / Dir. Jaiziel Hernández Máynez / Prod. Raymundo Hernández, Daniel Cabello, Edgar Nito, Jaiziel Hernández Máynez / Mexico
Labor / Dir. David Zonana / Prod. Michel Franco, Darío Yazbek Bernal / Mexico
I’m no Longer Here / Dir. Fernando Frías / Prod. Alberto Muffelmann / Mexico
GFFF – TV Series in development:
The Devil’s Advocates / Prod. Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes, Mario Gutiérrez Vega / Mexico
Angels of Death / Dir. Miguel Cohan / Prod. Hernán Musaluppi / Argentina
Free Trade / Dir. Santiago Mohar Volkow / Prod. Juan Simons, / Mexico
Mario / Dir. Bernardo de la Rosa / Prod. Fernanda Gabenara, Alberto Muffelmann / Mexico
Versus / Dir. Raúl Cuesta / Prod. Gabriela Gavica Marrufo / Mexico
Cine en la playa (Cinema at the beach). We celebrate our partnership with Casa Dorada, by announcing the timetables for Cine en la Playa, held at the hotel on the 8th and 9th of November. The shows are free of charge and all that is needed is to contact the hotel’s conciergerie to make a reservation for these magical screenings.
The films screened at Cine en la playa and presented by Casa Dorada Resort are:
Thursday November 8th
Las niñas bien (Dir. Alejandra Márquez) in the presence of renowned author Guadalupe Loaeza.
Friday November 9th
Bayoneta (Dir. Kyzza Terrazas)
Free screenings at Cinemex San José del Cabo.
The Festival will offer free screenings at Cinemex San José del Cabo, to express our gratitude towards the community that, each year, endorses this event. These screenings will take place on Saturday the 10th of November and Sunday the 11th of November during the Festival.
Saturday November 10th
5:00 pm – Into The Okavango (Dir. Neil Gelinas) 7:00 pm – Las niñas bien (Dir. Alejandra Márquez)
Sunday November 11th
6:00 pm – Bayoneta (Dir. Kyzza Terrazas)
Films that prompt further reflection and invite us to meditate on our personal responsibility as inhabitants of a world that we share with others.
Free solo (Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi) Into The Okavango (Dir. Neil Gelinas)
One of our most successful film programs, American Specials comprises each year, international and American outstanding films that shine both for their subject matter and directing style, and for their powerful execution that have often catapulted their directors and actors into the spotlight during the award season.
Widows (Dir. Steve McQueen) Destroyer (Dir. Karyn Kusama) Wildlife (Dir. Paul Dano)
American Animals (Dir. Bart Layton) World Highlights
This program offers a selection of the most inspiring voices from the present international film scene. The festival is proud to present, for the first time in Mexico, the greatly anticipated premieres of these international films.
At Eternity’s Gate (Dir. Julian Schnabel) United Kingdom, United States Border (Dir. Ali Abbasi) Sweden, Denmark
The Sisters Brothers (Dir. Jaques Audiard) France, United States Sunset (Dir. László Nemes) Hungary
Three Faces (Dir. Jafar Panahi) Iran
México Primero and Los Cabos Competition- Presentes by Dreams Los Cabos
and Casa Dorada Cabo Real.
After a thorough evaluation of the successful call for entries, Los Cabos International Film Festival presents its selection of 14 feature films which are part of the two competitive sections: Mexico Primero and Los Cabos Competition. These films will compete to win $1,166,000 MXN in prizes.
México Primero welcomes both novel and bold filmmakers, and more experienced ones who bring forward strong projects that span from intimate storylines to universal tales. The five films selected to compete in this segment range from indie chamber dramas, thrillers, and the study of the labyrinthine human psyche, to stories tinted with history, magic and sensory exploration.
Storks (Dir. Heriberto Acosta)
History Lessons (Dir. Marcelino Islas) Faust (Dir. Andrea Bussmann)
Feral (Dir. Andrés Kaiser)
I’m not a Thug (Dir. Joyce García)
Competencia Los Cabos combines an eclectic and vibrant film selection, produced or coproduced by Mexico, the United States and Canada. It brings to Los Cabos, aesthetically strong films with powerful narratives that have received great praise in the other international forums in which they have been a part of, prior to their Mexican premiere, during the Festival’s 7th edition.
Bisbee’17 (Dir. Robert Greene) United States
Buy me a Gun (Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón) Mexico, Colombia
Genèse (Dir. Philippe Lesage) Canada
La Grande Noirceur (Dir. Maxime Giroux)
Lemonade (Dir. Ioana Uricaru) Canada
Madeline’s Madeline (Dir. Josephine Decker) United States
Birds of Passage (Dir. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra) Colombia, Denmark, Mexico
Skate Kitchen (Dir. Crystal Moselle) United States We The Animals (Dir. Jeremiah Zagar) United States
After a two year absence, one of the festival’s most popular parallel sections makes its big comeback: Afterdark is a platform for films that explore the universe of terror and sci-fi; extreme narratives, alternative realities and immersive universes that awaken and exploit our fear of the unknown.
Mandy (Dir. Panos Cosmatos)
Sorry to Bother You (Dir. Boots Riley)
Under the Silver Lake (Dir. David Robert Mitchell)
This is the list of our homegrown talent that shall attend our gala evenings: Darío Yazbek, Tenoch Huerta, Ilse Salas, Benny Ibarra, Celina del Villar, Miguel Rodarte, Sandra Echeverría, Pedro de Tavira, Leonardo de Lozanne, Rebecca Jones, Aida López, Antonio Gaona, Stephanie Cayo, Vanessa Restrepo, Guadalupe Loaeza, Christopher von Uckermann and Christian Tappan.
The ceremonies of our 7th edition will be hosted by Julio Bracho and Linda Cruz.
Presenters and friends of the Festival.
Los Cabos International Film Festival is made possible thanks to the support of federal and local authorities: the Ministry of Tourism, the Promotion Tourism Board of Mexico, Los Cabos Tourism Board, the Department of Culture, the Mexican Institute of Cinematography, the State Government of Baja California Sur, the Ministry of Tourism, Economy and Sustainability, and the Municipal Presidency of Los Cabos.
We also wish to thank Cinemex, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, GEPP Group, plastic artist El Nacho, Lenovo, Condé Nast Group, Televisa, Monex, Del Cabo Event Design, Mexico Planners, EcobajaTours, Puerto Paraíso for joining our efforts to expand the Festival’s reach
None of this would be possible without the accommodations and high quality services offered by local hotels for the filmmakers and artists who travel to Los Cabos to attend the Festival; this is why we wish to thank the Hotel ME, the Hotel Dreams, the Hotel Secrets, The Resort At Pedregal, Holiday Inn Express and Solaz Resort, as well as the hotel Casa del Mar, which hosts our press conferences.
We also would like to thank Questro Resorts and the hotels Casa Dorada, Casa del Mar, El Ganzo, Pueblo Bonito, Solmar, Montage, JW Marriott, Bahía, Sheraton Grand, Médano Suites, City Express and Comfort Inn Suites.
Thank you to the hotels that host our official events such as Hacienda Beach, Viceroy and 1 Hotel.
Thank you to Cinemex, CTT, Chemistry, Cinecolor, FIPRESCI, Talent on the Road, Art Kingdom and BOBO, for your invaluable support in awarding the prizes to the winners of the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund and the Official Competitions.
To the 138 sponsors that render possible this seventh edition: thank you.
We wish to thank the 100 plus media outlets that support us through their coverage, both of the event itself and of the exceptional Los Cabos experience.
$6,995,186 Mexican pesos will be awarded to the winners, distributed throughout the 15 prizes of the Official Competition and the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.
This year, the prizes are:
LOS CABOS COMPETITION
Feature films produced by or coproduced with Mexico, United States and/or Canada.
Los Cabos Competition Prize : $300,000.00 MXN (three hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash for the producer.
Feature films produced by or coproduced with Mexico.
Cinemex Mexico Primero Prize: $300,000.00 MXN (three hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash for the director.
International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI): Cinematographic Achievement Award.
Trailer Art Kingdom Prize worth $14,000 USD (fourteen thousand US dollars). It includes creative process, production and postproduction services for the trailer of the wining Mexican film.
All the Mexican films that will take part in Los Cabos Competition and in México Primero are elegible for the Cinemex Audience Prize that consists of $300,000.00 MXN (three hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash for the producer.
GFFF – FILM IN DEVELOPMENT
Feature films produced by or coproduced with Mexico, United States or Canada with any other country in the world.
Los Cabos Film in development prize: $100,000.00 MXN (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash.
CTT EXP & Rentals Prize: $813,067.00 MXN (eight hundred and thirteen thousand and sixty-seven Mexican pesos) for four weeks of film equipment rentals (camera and lenses).
Talent On The Road/ World Talent House Prize: $150,000.00 MXN (one hundred and fifty thousand Mexican pesos) in cash.
The Grand Prize Plataforma CTT EXP & Rentals + CHEMISTRY : $1,283,911.00 MXN (one million two hundred and eighty-three thousand nine hundred and eleven Mexican pesos) consisting of 4 weeks of equipment (camera, lenses, mobile unit and power plant) granted by CTT EXP & Rentals, and $1,789,416.00 MXN (one million seven hundred and eighty-nine thousand four hundred and sixteen Mexican pesos) in postproduction services, which include THE conforming online ensamble material, color grading, digital deliverables, insertion of graphics, Quality Check, DCP, Blu Ray, DVD and backup of the film’s master copy, granted by Chemistry, for a Mexican project or a coproduction with Mexico.
Marché Du Film – Producers Network: 374 euros for the accreditations of the producer of a film in development project, to take part in the Marché Du Film’s Producers Network, at the 2019 Cannes Festival.
GFFF – WORK IN PROGRESS
Feature films produced by or coproduced with Mexico, in postproduction stages and with a running time greater than 60 minutes.
Los Cabos Work in Progress Prize: $100,000.00 MXN (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash.
CHEMISTRY PRIZE: $945,864.00 MXN (nine hundred and forty-five thousand eight hundred and sixty-four Mexican pesos) in postproduction services which include: conforming online ensamble material, color grading, digital deliverables, insertion of graphics, Quality Check, DCP.
Cinecolor México Award: MXN $443,700.00 (four hundred and forty-three thousand seven hundred Mexican pesos), equivalent to 100 hours of color grading and a DCP.
GFFF – TV SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT
Fiction or documentary TV series projects, produced by or coproduced with Mexico or any other country in Latin-America.
Promo-Trailer Art Kingdom Prize worth $5,000 USD (five thousand US dollars). It includes creative process and postproduction services.
BOBO Prize: $100,000.00 MXN (on hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash. For more information, go to www.cabosfilmfestival.com