Lights, Camera, Action!

Los Cabos Film Festival Update
BY: FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ

Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio has been crowned the 2019 image representing the 8th edition of The Los Cabos International Film Festival. Yalitiza's selection was appointed by festival organizers in order to recognize the impact that women have on the film industry, both at home in Mexico and across the global world of cinema.

As the lead actress in the film, "Roma" directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Yalitza Aparicio has reached worldwide acclaim, and both her name and image have become synonymous with stardom. Roma received 10 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, among them; Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (de Tavira). It also became the first Mexican entry to win Best Foreign Language Film, and also won for Best Cinematography and Best Director. With a $15 million budget, the film grossed $5 million dollars at the box office.

Through a Los Cabos Film Festival video broadcast, Yalitza spoke about the participation of women in the history of the seventh art industry; "In the beginning, we were already there. Not only in front of the Lumière brothers' camera, but also behind it, directing. The great, Alice Guy in 1896, became the first woman film director. When and why were we refused to tell stories?"

Aparicio also mentioned the extraordinary work that women perform in different areas of cinema; “In an industry where female voices have been minimized, I am excited that there are more of us who are looking for a change, like more women behind the camera, new actresses breaking barriers, screenwriters building inclusive stories and women who don't have to let movies be made because they are mothers. A cinema that embraces diversity and recognizes the contribution of us, fantastic women." 

Aparicio's presence as the face of this festival, which takes place this 2019 fall from Wednesday, November 13 through Sunday the 17th, has not been confirmed, but the famed actress, is sure to draw a crowd of Los Cabos International Film Festival attendees eager to meet the planet's most unique indigenous and humble star. 

The ability to establish and strengthen meaningful connections has been one of the major reasons so many filmmakers, producers and industry professionals attend the Los Cabos International Film Festival every year. Since its beginning in 2012, the Festival has held a networking social scene to promote professional opportunities and create strategic partnerships. Held in a welcoming environment, these meetings are a great opportunity to discuss current topics in the film industry.

This social networking area will be held at the ME Cabo Hotel, and it is specifically designed to offer the industry professionals attending the Festival a place where they can build, strengthen and formalize partnerships with others in the film industry. 

These events are designed to spread and share enriching experiences with the 8th Annual Festival attendees. They are a great opportunity to come in contact with renowned figures from the industry and hopefully understand better their trajectory and influence in the cinema world. These gatherings are focused on connecting professionals, the press, and the film-loving public to the trending topics surrounding the film industry.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival 8 will focus its spotlight this year on American filmmaker, Ira Sachs. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Sachs' films include The Delta (1997), Forty Shades of Blue (2005), Married Life (2007), Keep the Lights On (2012), Love Is Strange (2014), and his newest film, Little Men, premiered at Sundance in 2016.

For any questions about the events of the 8th Los Cabo International Film Festival please contact industry@cabosfilmfestival.com. Submissions for the list of films that will be presented ended on August 27. The LC International Film Festival invites fiction and documentary, feature-length filmmakers and producers, to register their work in the competitions taking place during its eight edition, November 13-17. 

One of the charitable aspects of the Film Fest is their Los Cabos Competition Award, which amounts to $300,000 MXN (three hundred thousand Mexican pesos) in cash, that goes towards the director/producer's cinema project who wins this prestigious cash award. This cash prize goes to any feature films, fiction or documentary, produced or co-produced by Mexico, the United States or Canada.

The Mexico First Award is given to the winning feature films, fiction or documentary of Mexican production or co-production. These films will compete for the Cinemex México Primero Award. This section gives $1,052,000 MXN (one million fifty-two thousand Mexican pesos) in cash with the support of Cinemex and Art Kingdom.  

Some of the biggest Hollywood names who have participated in the LC International Film Fest have been, directors Oliver Stone, Alejandro Gonzalez Irrahitu and Spike Lee, as well as actors Adam Driver, Jacob Vargas, Esai Morales, Edward Norton, and Gabriel Gael Bernal. Last year, more than 15,000 people attended the festival, which featured 40 national and international films, shown over 80 screenings. Fifteen films were shown for the first time in Mexico, and two films were world premieres.