OFFICIAL SELECTION

México Primero

 

 

Anahí Berneri
Argentina

Director, scriptwriter, and producer. In 2005 she made her debut as a director with Un año sin Amor (2005), where she received the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival. She received the FIPRESCI Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Innovation Artistic Award at the Toronto Film Festival for the film Encarnación (2007). Por tu culpa (2010) was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and received the annual distinction from the FIPRESCI critics of Argentina.Her fifth feature film, Alanis received the Silver Shell for Best Director and Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Jayro Bustamante
Guatemala

Director and producer. He directed Ixcanul, his debut film, with his production house, La Casa de Producción. Ixcanul was awarded with the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015, and more than 60 awards at other festivals. He is currently producing films by other Guatemalan directors and his third film, La Llorona, recently awarded at the Co-production Forum of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Bustamante has been the jury at the film festivals of Berlin, Biarritz, Brussels, and Los Cabos.

Juan Villoro
Mexico

Playwright, novelist, storyteller, essayist, and journalist. He received the Ibero-American José Donoso award in Chile for the set of his work. In Spain he received the Herralde Prize for his novel El Testigo; in Argentina the ACE Award for his play Filosofía de Vida, and in Cuba, the José María Arguedas Prize for his novel Arrecife. His work in journalism has been recognized with the King of Spain, the City of Barcelona, and the Manuel Vázquez Montalbán awards. He has been a professor at the UNAM and a visiting professor at the universities of Yale, Princeton, and Pompeu Fabra.

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Charles Gillibert
France

After several years with the group MK2, to produce some of the most eminent international filmmakers, Gillibert founded the company CG Cinéma in 2013, and with it has produced films by Olivier Assayas, Mia Hansen-Løve, Abbas Kiarostami, and others. Since its creation, CG Cinéma has pursued a clear strategy: spotting and accompanying great directors, restoring auteur cinema to the center of the industry, and building bridges between countries and languages. In 2017, CG Cinéma was ranked number four on the list of the most successful exporters of French films, with more than a million admissions worldwide.

Desiree Akhavan
Estados Unidos 

Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the creator of the series The Bisexual. She co-wrote and directed The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Her first film, Appropriate Behavior, premiered at the 2014 edition of that same festival.

 

Paula Vaccaro
Italy/England

Vaccaro is an award-winning British-Italian Creative Producer, Executive Producer, and Screenwriter based in London since 2000. She also is a professor at Kingston University and a member of the Board at the European Producers Club and of the European Women Audiovisual Network (EWA).

With more than two decades of experience, she has worked in TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and cinema, both in Spanish- and English-speaking territories. In 2009 she founded Pinball London, a production company specialized in films with an author stamp. Her work stands out in productions with renowned filmmakers like Emir Kusturica.

FIPRESCI

 

 

Adriana Fernández
Mexico

Communication’s Degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, Master in International Relations from Boston University and Doctor in History from the Iberoamericana University.

She works as a film critic for Reforma newspaper and Radio Red. Has published in the magazine from the Iberoamericana University, the University Center for Cinematographic Studies and on the BBC website from London. Has been the jury in Doqumenta Film Festival and has given conferences at FICUNAM, Doqumenta and the Club Rotario in Mexico City.

She’s an academic at Universidad Anáhuac, where she coordinates the Master in Development and Management of the Entertainment Industry.

Flavio Lira
Uruguay

Film critic and Web editor. Lira is the programmer of Trasnoches, a cycle at the Uruguayan Cinematheque, and from this year he started co-directing a podcast entitled Basuritas.

Since 2014 he began to work continuously in Film Magazine, first as a critic and later as an editor. He has been writing about cinema since he was 18 years old on the Arte 7 website and has collaborated on printed publications such as Freeway Magazine and Zur Magazine, as well as the newspaper Brecha and Lento Magazine

Dennis West
United States

Dr. Dennis West is a Contributing Editor at the film quarterly Cineaste. He has lectured and taught at universities and cultural institutions in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the U.S, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal. His writing on film has appeared in journals such as Film Criticism and Jump Cut, as well as in books such as World Cinema Since 1945. He has served as a juror at many international film festivals including Karlovy Vary, London, Valladolid, and Mar del Plata.

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Film In Development

 

Julio Chavezmontes
México

Julio Chavezmontes is a renowned Mexican producer and screenwriter, winner of the Best Screenplay award at the Sundance Festival in 2018, and two-times nominee of the Silver Ariel Award. His productions have been fea- tured in more than 100 film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Sundance, and Rotterdam. He is a specialist in international co-productions, hav- ing worked in partnership with producers from Spain, Germany, France, Holland, England, Argentina, Ghana, Italy, and the United States.

Elliott Whitton
Australia

Since 2012, as the Head of Development at Cinereach, Elliott Whitton manages Cinereach’s slate of films in development, working closely with the team of productions and filmmakers to develop content for the organization to support, finance and produce. Before this, he worked in both advertising and film in New York, Singapore, and Australia.

Jillian Apfelbaum
United States

Head of Film at Imperative Entertainment, an innovative entertainment studio specializing in the development, production, and financing of film, television, and documentaries. At Imperative Entertainment, she has maintained direct oversight of creative and physical production staff and also manages a slate of over forty feature film and television projects. Apfelbaum identified Ruben Östlund and secured a producing deal for The Square, winner of the 2017 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and has served as an executive on All The Money In The World, just to mention a few.

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Work In Progress

 

 

Cara Cusumano
United States

Cara Cusumano is Director of Programming for the Tribeca Film Festival, where she supervises feature film and TV programming. Cusumano holds degrees from Columbia University’s Barnard College and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Previously, she programmed for the Hamptons International Film Festival, including curating HIFF’s signature Conflict & Resolution competition and Oscar-qualifying shorts program. She has also worked with film organizations including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film Festival, and Sundance.

Gabor Greiner
Austria

Head of Acquisitions at Films Boutique, a sales company winner of the Golden Bear in 2017, at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the Golden Lion in 2011 and 2016 at the Venice Film Festival. After his studies of Cultural Management in Vienna, Birmingham and Chicago, Greiner worked as a journalist and film critic at Austria’s largest web-based cultural magazine, cycamp. Before this, he moved to Brussels to take charge of the distribution support department of the MEDIA Program at the European Commission’s Film Fund.

Geminiano Pineda
Mexico 

Founder and CEO of Cine CANÍBAL, an independent film production and distribution Company based in Mexico, founded in 2011. Pineda is the Executive Producer of the films Voy a Explotar and Miss Bala by Gerardo Naranjo, Abel by Diego Luna, Postmortem by Pablo Larraín, Los Insólitos Peces Gato by Claudia Sainte-Luce, winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, among other awards, and the films in post-production El Actor Principal by Paula Markovitch and La Mala Noche by Gabriela Calvache.

A multi-disciplinary jury conformed by this group of outstanding and recognized personalities of the audiovisual field reaffirms Los Cabos International Film Festival’s compromise towards the development and boosting of filmic and TV culture within our region, gathering together this specialists who, lavishly, share with us their knowledge and experience..

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