by Justin Porter Biel

The Los Cabos International Film Festival brought A-List talent and more amazing films to Cabo San Lucas on Saturday evening to mark the end of a highly successful event. After a long week of industry gatherings, screenings, and appearances, Saturday was the final push for festival organizers and attendees. A beautiful and sunny day in Cabo San Lucas, Saturday was packed with opportunities for one last immersion in the world of film.

The morning started with a “Meet Mart” at ME Hotel, offering one last chance for attendees to network before heading home. It was followed by a Work In Progress screening of Clases de Historia at the Cinemex Platino.

One of Saturday’s biggest highlights was the free Master Class titled “From The Idea To Script” taught by Eric Amadio. A writer, director, and producer, Amadio is best known for Snowfall (2017), After Sex (2007) and Stuntmen (2009). Born in Southeast Los Angeles, Amadio has been a published writer since age 10, took a writing gig at Rock City News at age 16, and then worked as an electronic music producer and DJ from 18-23 before turning full time to a career in film and television.

During the Master Class, Amadio shared stories of his experiences in Los Angeles and revealed the secrets to being a successful writer. Of high importance to Amadio was “maintaining the fun” in his work and creating strong and supportive work cultures, whether as a director or on his writing teams. Amadio suggested that the best stories are the ones that make you feel something in the pit of your stomach. “You must have a true passion for your story,” said Amadio, “for that energy to translate onto the page.” Amadio also discussed the process of character development, the importance of research, and about creating a central theme for stories to act as guiding line throughout any creative project. Amadio shared insights with great humility and openness, offering a dose of inspiration to both working and aspiring filmmakers and writers.

After the Master Class, there was a full day of films. The talent was in attendance for the showing of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, First Reformed, Caminoa Marte and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Later in the evening, there was high energy at the Cabo Cultural Pavillion, where fans and press were on hand to receive Australian actress Nicole Kidman. Confirmed in the days leading up to the festival, Kidman arrived in Cabo to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Kidman also presented a special screening of Yorgos Lanthimos’ film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which stars Kidman and Farrell. Having Kidman on site was a massive moment for the Los Cabos International Film Festival, who shared their excitement in a press release earlier in the week.

Kidman walked the red carpet and even took pictures with fans on the way to the awards ceremony. Kidman expressed her gratitude for the award and shared support for the entire film community.

“Thank you very much. I think it is important to receive this distinction, even more at a time when the world needs solidarity and support. Thank you for supporting the cinema. We need to make community and love, so thank you,” said Kidman.

Following Kidman’s speech, festival director Hugo Villa spoke about the importance of the festival to the Los Cabos community and then gave out awards to the films of distinction. The Los Cabos Competition Award went to The Florida Project, and the Cinemex Mexico First Prize was awarded to Ayer Maravilla Fui. The Cinemex Audience Award went to Camino a Marte.

The 6th annual Los Cabos Film Festival closes today with a final round of showings at the Cinemex Platino.