6th Los Cabos Film Festival November 8-12

Under new direction, it promises to feature more English films and American stars

The Los Cabos Film Festival was started by a pair of savvy movie industry professionals from Colorado. It got off to bit of a rocky start as the Cross twins, Scott and Shawn, learned how difficult it is to do business in a small, unsophisticated Mexican town like Los Cabos, but they managed to make it happen.

But before the second year rolled around, the brothers had been removed by the founders, local Mexicans lead by our biggest developer, Eduardo Sanchez Navarro and his movie loving son, Eddie Jr., The festival took a different direction as inexperienced and untested Mexicans were hired to direct it.

film festival.jpgThe movies shifted to primarily Mexican films in Spanish, no more big American film stars showed up, and the movies were never screened in the announced venues at the announced time. It was chaotic for the next five years, although there were certainly excellent Mexican films screened. We think. They were almost all in Spanish, at venues that were unannounced or misannounced.

Now that director is out and a new director is in. Hugo Villa is the new chief, and he has more than 30 years of experience in the (mostly Mexican) filmmaking industry and is known for his work as producer, cinematographer, production advisor and government officer.  He was appointed by the board as the new director of Los Cabos International Film Festival only starting on June 1st, a very late start when you’re flying around the world trying to line up films, directors, producers, and oh yes, stars!

Back also, are the Cross twins, who will take an active role again. So far, we seem to be short on stars again this year, when even on a non-film festival week, Los Cabos is lousy with stars. Scott Cross promises stars will be here and to guarantee them, he has chartered a jet to bring them here. Like they don’t have their own jets, but whatever.

The stated goal of this Film Festival is to link the film programs of Mexico, Latin America, U.S. and Canada, by supporting the talent of their filmmakers. Historically, the festival seeks to promote the cultural and tourist activities in southern Baja California, but with all the events and most of the films in Spanish, that’s usually left undone.

Film festivals are all about bringing together film sellers, finance companies, producers, and film, TV, and streaming platform buyers in one place. It is at these film festivals held around the world that deals are made that bring films to your neighborhood theater. That behind-the-scenes activity is the primary focus of the organizers, but you can benefit by watching the movies, many of which are free, with others costing only a pittance.

So far only 18 films have been announced, but about half of those look like they are assessable to our readers. (English). Remember, this new guy was only appointed to film procurer a few month ago, so no doubt everyone is scrambling for more films right now.

Even if they had venues and movies announced, with times of screenings, we would be hesitant to share that information with you as you would only be disappointed when those films didn’t show up at the appointed times. We suggest you keep in touch with their website at www.cabosfilmfestival.com, and if you make a plan for an evening of film entertainment, have a backup.

 Meanwhile, please stand by as our film festival reboots.