November 10, 2017 2:52 pm

Los Cabos International Film Festival is officially underway. The festival kicked off last night, Wednesday, November 8th, and will continue through the weekend, wrapping up on Sunday, November 12th. A great addition to Southern Baja’s yearly event calendar, the Los Cabos Film Festival “aims to positively contribute to the growth of the global film culture, focusing especially on Mexico, Canada, and the United States.” Not only showcasing amazing films and international talent, but the festival also works to broaden the interest in cultural activities and the tourism sector in Baja California Del Sur. The team behind the Los Cabos festival work hard to bring top-tier films each year, with a dedication to exploring “bold, reflexive and inspiring cinematographic proposals for international audiences.” Now in its 6th year, this year’s festival promises to be the best yet. Part of the revamped programming is thanks to Hugo Villa, the newly appointed festival director, who is bringing years of experience and contacts from his career as a respected line-producer, producer and film commission. Mr. Villa also spent eight years at the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) where he founded the Mexican Film Commission. Other key returning members are Alejandra Paulin, the general coordinator, and Maru Garzon, theas programming director. During this year’s festival, most of the action will be happening around Medano Beach at Cabo’s Me Hotel. From industry lunches, networking events, to fabulous evening galas, Me Hotel is the place to be. To gain access most events, you’ll need an industry badge. However, if you’re interested in rubbing shoulders with festival attendees, you can purchase tickets to the evening galas off the festival website here. Last night, the Los Cabos International Film Festival opened with a bang. To begin, filmmakers, producers, and actors joined together for a red carpet celebration at Pabellon Cultural. From there, attendees enjoyed the opening ceremony, getting acquainted with one another before heading into the theatre to watch the festival’s opening film, Battle of The Sexes, starring Steve Carrell and Emma Stone. Premiering in 2017 at Telluride Film Festival and with a theatrical release in the United States on September 22, the film thus far has received high critical praise. Some critics even claimed that it could be the “best performance of Stone’s career.” To finish off the night, VIP guests attended an opening cocktail party at Esperanza Resort, before turning in for a bit of shut-eye. ]]>