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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.

Terry Gilliam – Photo: Edgar Durán

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.

State Governor BCS Carlos Mendoza Davis – Photo: Edgar Durán

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.

Armida Castro,  Los Cabos Mayor – Foto: Edgar Durán

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 has established itself as a proud ally for dozens of film and TV projects that have participated in the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund (GFFF) over the years. The GFFF boosts projects in development and postproduction stages, and is a showcase to promote co-productions, distribution and exhibition; therefore, it constitutes a solid option to impulse the Mexican and North American film industry.

We are pleased to announce the 21 selected titles that will participate in a bid to receive funding through the following three categories: Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund – Film in Development, Film in Post Production (Work in Progress) and TV Series in Development.

These 21 titles were picked out of 535 competing projects that applied for the different categories of this one-of–a-kind Fund, which promotes the creation and completion of new film and TV projects produced or co produced by Mexico, USA, Canada and Latin America.

In addition to competing for the nine prizes comprised in the three aforementioned categories, the selected groups will be able to participate in worthwhile meetings with outstanding professionals from the international film industry, in the space provided by the GFFF-Meetings.

GFFF- Cine en Film In Development: Mexico

  1. Los algodones / Dir. Santiago Fábregas / Prod. Gabriel Stavenhagen / México
  2. El estado del imperio / Dir. Amat Escalante / Prod. Nicolás Celis, Fernanda de

    la Peza / México

  3. El hoyo en la cerca / Dir. Joaquín del Paso / Prod. Fernanda de la Peza /

    México / Selected in collaboration with MICA

  4. Neza / Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón / Prod. Rafael Ley, Rodrigo S. González,

    María José Córdova / México

  5. Ona sur / Dir. Begoña Colomar / Prod. Joseph Mastantuono / México-Estados Unidos
  1. Sangría / Dir. Pablo Agüero / Prod. Julia Cherrier, Thierry Lounas / México- Francia
  2. Viaje al país de los tarahumaras / Dir. Federico Cecchetti / Prod. Edher Campos / México-Francia-Canadá

United States and Canada

  1. The Gymnast / Dir. Charlotte Glynn / Prod. Michael Harrop, Brian Koppelman, David Levien / Estados Unidos / Selected in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)
  2. In cold light / Dir. Maxime Giroux / Prod. Mike MacMillan, Yanick Letorneau / Canadá

10. Leche / Dir. Gabriella Moses / Prod. Martisse Hill, Julius Pryor, Shruti Ganguly / Estado Unidos-Ecuador / Selected in collaboration with Tribeca Film Institute

11. Saint Cabron / Dir. Bruce Labruce / Prod. Nicolas Comeau / Canadá-Alemania
 GFFF – Work In Progress:

  1. Chèche Lavi / Dir. Samuel Elison / Prod. Kyle Martin, Abraham Avila, Kim Parker, Rachel Cantave, Nora Mendis / México-Estados Unidos
  2. El deseo de Ana / Dir. Emilio Santoyo / Prod. Araceli Velázquez Silva, Valeria Ariñez Sanjines / México
  3. Días de invierno / Dir. Jaiziel Hernández Máynez / Prod. Raymundo Hernández Vásquez, Daniel Cabello, Edgar Nito / México
  4. Mano de obra / Dir. David Zonana / Prod. Michel Franco, Darío Yazbek Bernal / México
  5. Ya no estoy aquí / Dir. Fernando Frías / Prod. Alberto Muffelmann / México

GFFF – TV Series In Development:

  1. Los abogados del diablo / Prod. Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes / México
  2. Los ángeles de la muerte / Dir. Miguel Cohan / Prod. Hernán Musaluppi / Argentina

3. El idealista / Dir. Santiago Mohar / Prod. Juan Simons / México
4. Mario / Dir. Bernardo de la Rosa / Prod. Fernanda Gabenara, Alberto

Muffelmann / México
5. Versus / Dir. Raúl Cuesta / Prod. Gabriela Gavica / México

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The awards to be granted this year are:

Feature-length films produced or co-produced by Mexico, USA or Canada in affiliation with any other country are eligible to participate.

Los Cabos Film in Development Award: $100,000.00 MXN (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos) cash prize.

CTT EXP & Rentals Award: With a value of $813, 067.20 MXN of filming equipment rental for four weeks (camera and optic).

Talent On The Road/ World Talent House Award: $150,000.00 MXN (one hundred and fifty thousand Mexican pesos) in cash to film projects in development stage produced by or co-produced with Mexico.

CTT EXP & Rentals + Chemistry Platform Award: $1,283,911.20 MXN (one million, two Hundred eighty three thousand, nine hundred eleven Mexican pesos ) worth in film equipment rental for four weeks of shooting (camera, optics, mobile and generator) granted by CTT EXP & Rentals, and $1,789,416.00 MXN (one million, seven hundred eighty nine thousand, four hundred sixteen Mexican pesos) worth of post-production services, such as film conform, color correction, digital deliveries, graphic insertions, Quality Check, DCP, Blue Ray, DVD and Master backup, granted by Chemistry, to a film project produced by or co-produced with Mexico.


Feature-length films in post-production stage produced by or co-produced with Mexico, with a minimum final duration of 60 minutes are eligible for submission.

Los Cabos Work in Progress Award: $100,000.00 MXN (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos) cash prize.

Chemistry Award: $945,864.00 MXN (nine hundred forty-five thousand eight hundred sixty-four Mexican pesos) worth of post-production services: film conform, color correction, digital deliveries, graphic insertions, Quality Check and DCP.

Cinecolor México Award: $443,700.00 MXN (four hundred forty three thousand seven hundred Mexican pesos), equivalent to 100 hours of color correction services and one DCP.


Proyectos de series de televisión, ficción o documental, producidos o co- producidos por México o cualquier otro país de Latinoamérica.

Art Kingdom Promo Trailer Award: 5, 000 USD (five thousand American dollars). Includes creative process and post production services.

BOBO Award: $100,000.00 MXN (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos) cash prize.


Saturday night closed the sixth edition of the International Film Festival in Los Cabos 2017, being a resounding success, as already planned with the unparalleled beauty and simplicity of Nicole Kidman, who took the night; between applause, shouts and autographs that hundreds of fans cheered to the Australian actress, which at all times was projected and delivered the heart during this film celebration. In addition to giving respect to the media who interviewed her for several minutes and took dozens of photographs, the actress and producer also shine like a goddess on the red carpet, posing and demonstrating their good taste when dressing, with that captivating personality that characterizes it.

Nicole Kidman. Photo by Francisco Estrada

In the closing process, a brief profile of Kidman was announced and once it was finished, the stage was called with great fervor to receive the award that was deserved due to her great professionalism “Life Time Archievement Award 2017” that the Australian in an exciting way and with a very expressive look, said to all those present – “Thank you very much, it is very important to receive this distinction” wrapped in applause and smiles, dismissed the film event and she invite to continue supporting the effort of all those who made possible “The 2017 Los Cabos International Film Festival”.

– Written by Diney Manriquez




Paul Schrader

During the sixth edition of the International Film Festival in Los Cabos 2017, a well-deserved tribute was paid to the director and screenwriter PAUL SCHRADER, who with great joy emphasized the great differences that exist in the current and the old cinema, without underestimating and in a very objective way the cinematographic director mentioned before the media, the ease with which cinema can be made in these times, with the full support of technology and the new requirements to shoot a film, there are no rules and all they can do it … he also affirm that it is “wrong” to generalize the Hollywood industry, since today, you can enjoy films that do not belong to that industry, and even the study systems that previously financed Universal, 20ht Century Fox, Warner among others, now invest with Netflix, Apple, Google and Amazon, being the film production of this moment and the most searched.

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Paul Schrader

Through the festival two films of his most symbolic works were programmed, such as Mishima, a very radical creation for the American director, and First Reformed, a very personal work that has been presented at the last Mostra of Venice, a film with reflection on the care of the environment; of which Paul Schrader added – “it’s too late, no one listens, they are not interested … it’s what one gives to the grandchildren”, with these words he conclude to continue enjoying the fabulous tribute that the International Film Festival prepared him, happy and proud to be the only film director to receive such recognition.