Los Cabos International Film Festival
The Los Cabos International Film Festival, formerly the Baja International Film Festival, is an international film festival that takes place annually in mid-November in Los Cabos, Mexico. The festival was founded in 2012 by Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Redo, Alfonso Pasquel, Juan Gallardo Thurlow, Scott Cross, Sean Cross, Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Rivera Torres, and Pablo Sanchez-Navarro The 2012 Los Cabos International Film Festival (formerly Baja International Film Festival) took place November 14–17 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2013 Los Cabos International Film Festival took place November 13–16 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The 2014 Los Cabos International Film Festival took place November 12–16, 2014 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2015 Los Cabos International Film Festival will take place November 11–15, 2015 in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival is overseen by the executive board members Eduardo Sanchez Navarro, Alfonso Pascal Barcenas, Scott Cross, and Sean Cross, and organized by the festival team of Alonso Aguilar (General Director), Alejandra Paulin (General Coordinator), Maru Garzon (Head of Programming), Ana Molinar Trujillo (Communication Manager), and Monica Herrera (Film Programmer).
Held in one of Mexico's premier resort destinations, the festival draws attendees and filmmakers from across Mexico, the United States and around the world. 2014 festival honorees and special guests included Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Diego Luna, Atom Egoyan, Denys Arcand, Guillermo Arriaga, Piers Handling, Genna Terranova, and many others.
The 3rd annual, 2014 festival, drew over 15,000 attendees. The 2012 festival drew more than 5,000 attendees and hundreds of filmmakers and film executives, including high-profile celebrities and international media attention. Films screened at the 2012 festival included the Oscar-nominated NO, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and directed by Pablo Larrain. The festival also screened a number of studio films, including Paramount's Rise of the Guardians.
2012 festival award recipients included 2-time Academy-Award nominated actor Edward Norton, award-winning actor Matt Dillon, Academy-award winning actor Melissa Leo, Academy-award winning actor Octavia Spencer, multiple Emmy winning actor Allison Janney, actor Josh Lucas, and Academy-award nominated director Michael Apted.
The 2013 Cabo International Film Festival honored world renowned Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal with a tribute award, as well as multiple award winning director Philippe Falardeau, and one of Mexico's leading film production companies, Mantarraya Films, was also honored.