TheSceneinTO is proud to be part of the strong Canadian presence at the 3rd Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival. The festival, a collaboration between Canada, The U.S and Mexico is in part meant to strengthen the bond between the three countries and affords Mexican film makers to grow in their profession.
This year, Canada in particular is in the spotlight with Canadian directors Xavier Dolan, Atom Egoyan, Denys Arcand, Stéphane LaFleur and Andrew Huculiak all part of the delegation. Day two’s gala film presentation saw Dolan introducing his early Oscar contender, Mommy, while Egoyan and Arcand will be honoured with two of their classic films being screened later in the festival. In total, twelve Canadian films will be screened throughout the five days of the event.
In the past five years, $80 million in production volume was generated by Canada to coproduce six feature films and ten television projects within Latin America.
The slogan for this year’s Los Cabos film festival is #UNSTOPPABLE. Los Cabos was devastated by the ruinous hurricane that hit the city shortly after TIFF in September. Festival coordinators, the tourism board and citizens have worked around the clock to get ready to host the festival, in spite of the damage.
During the Opening Ceremonies, after the young recipients of the Gabriel Figueroa film fund were presented on stage, the festival directors lit a candle and everyone at the pavilion counted loudly and passionately to 43, representing the number of students confirmed dead after their disappearance from the city of Iguala where they studied. It was a small but powerful way to honour them and was thoroughly moving and goose-bump inducing.