November will mark the third annual Los Cabos International Film Festival and this year there will be a strong Canadian presence throughout. Tributes to Atom Egoyan and Denys Arcand were announced during the Toronto International Film Festival, with four of their films to be screened. TIFF’s Director and CEO, Piers Handling was also announced as an Official Selection Jury member. He sits alongside renowned Mexican filmmaker Diego Luna and Tom Luddy, Director of the Telluride Film Fest.
One of the beautiful things about the Los Cobos Film Festival is that it not only celebrates film, it works to strengthen and unify the working relationship between the film industries of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. This year also marks the introduction to the first Mexico – US – Canada co-production forum.
Can you imagine a world without iconic Mexican films like El Mariachi, Pan’s Labyrinth, Y tu Mamá También or Amores Perros? How much more dull would it be? Part of what makes this festival wonderful is that it awards thousands of dollars of grant and prize money to young filmmakers, providing some of the funds needed to help see their projects through to completion. Los Cabos ensures dialogues and collaborations are created for Mexican cinema.
Screened are short films, works of fiction and documentaries. In addition to those new to cinematography, many of the films are also by some of today’s more celebrated directors, making for a rounder experience overall.
Perhaps the best part of the film festival? The outdoor screenings. If you’re going to be in sunny Los Cabos, why not enjoy some of its beauty while watching films with the locals? The outdoor theatre overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina offers the community the opportunity to take in creening of the films in the Galas section. The large open space that is Plaza Mijares in San José del Cabo will also screen two of the winning films of the competition.
The three Canadian film Official Selections of Los Cabos International Film Festival are Tu Dors Nicole, Indian Tales and Violent.
For more information on the Film Festival and getting there, please visit: www.cabosfilmfestival.com