LOS CABOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF ITS SEVENTH EDITION AWARDS AND RECOGNIZES DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE AND ACTOR ADAM DRIVER

LOS CABOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF ITS SEVENTH EDITION AWARDS
AND RECOGNIZES DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE AND ACTOR ADAM DRIVER

Spike Lee, director of Blackkklansman, the closing gala film, received the Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History Tribute
 
Adam Driver received the Outstanding Work in Cinema recognition during the same gala
 
A special thank you to all the Festival’s allies, who made it possible to award approximately $7,000,000 MXN in prizes

On its fourth day Los Cabos International Film Festival held its Closing Night Gala, presenting the Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History Tribute to the legendary American filmmaker, Spike Lee. Lee, who has been an important spokesperson for minorities in the United States, urged the audience through a compelling speech to always “be in the right side of history”. After his acceptance speech, he invited actor Adam Driver and actress Laura Harrier to join him on stage to present the Mexican Premiere of BlacKkKlansman.

During the same ceremony, the actor Adam Driver, received the Outstanding Work In Cinema, from the hands of none other than director, Terry Gilliam, who in a moving speech, called Driver “without a doubt, the best actor of his generation”.

The audience of the Gala, also witnessed the awards ceremony where the winning films in competition and projects of Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, were awarded.

Los Cabos International Film Festival 2018 winners, where:
 
OFFICIAL SELECTION

Cinemex – México Primero Award: Feral, by Andrés Kaiser. The film’s director received $300,000 MXN thanks to Cinemex.

Los Cabos Competition Special Mention: We The Animals, by Jeremiah Zagar.

Los Cabos Competition Award: Genèse, by Philippe Lesage. The film’s producer’s received a cash prize of $300,000 MXN.

Cinemex Audience Award: Birds of Passage, by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra. This film received $300,000 MXN for earning the audience vote.

FIPRESCI Award: Feralby Andrés Kaiser. Three members of the International Federation of Film Critics awarded this prize, aimed at supporting a Mexican film internationally.

Art Kingdom Trailer Award: Feral, by Andrés Kaiser. A $14,000 USD award from Art Kingdom Showbiz Agency to produce a film trailer, and equivalent to services starting with the creative process and completed with a DCP copy

GABRIEL FIGUEROA FILM FUND – TV IN DEVELOPMENT

BOBO Award: The Devil’s Advocates. $100,000 MXN for the development of this project

Promo Trailer Art Kingdom Award: The Devil’s Advocates. A prize worth US $5,000, for creative process and postproduction services for a promo trailer.

GABRIEL FIGUEROA FILM FUND – FILM IN DEVELOPMENT

Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Award – Film In Development: Neza, by Julio Hernández Cordón, received $100,000 MXN in cash.

CTT Exp & Rentals + Chemistry Platform Award: El hoyo en la cerca, by Joaquín del Paso. These two companies jointly awarded a double prize worth $1,283,911 MXN in film equipment rental and $1,789,416 MXN in postproduction services.

CTT Exp & Rentals Award: Estado del imperio, by Amat Escalante. This project received $813,067 MXN in film equipment rental.

Talent On The Road Award / World Talent House: Viaje al país de los tarahumaras, by Federico Cecchetti. The film crew working on this film received a prize of $150,000 MXN.

GABRIEL FIGUEROA FILM FUND – WORK IN PROGRESS

Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Award – Work in Progress: Mano de obra, by David Zonana. A $100,000.00 MXN cash prize for a film in postproduction stage.

Chemistry Award: Mano de obra, by David Zonana, received an award worth $945,864.00 for post-production services.

Cinecolor México Award: Ya no estoy aquí, by Fernando Frías, received an award valued in $443,700.00 MXN, equivalent to 100 hours of color correction services at the sponsor’s premises.

The Marché du Film Award, which consists of an accreditation for the producer of the winning project, to attend to the Producers Network Platform which will take place in Cannes 2019, was granted to Ona Sur.

Film Critic Contest Winner: Arantxa Luna. This young critic received this acknowledgement, awarded for the second time by the Los Cabos International Film Festival, SensaCine and the Huffington Post.

During the closing ceremony, BlacKkKlansman by Spike Lee was screened. In this film, set in the 70’s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African American detective to join the Colorado Springs police department, contacts the local Ku Klux Klan representatives by phone, pretending to be a white supremacist, but as he cannot attend the Klan’s meetings in person, he then convinces his Jewish partner Flip (Adam Driver) to go to the meetings on his behalf.

The Festival would like to thank the more that 138 allies that made this 7th edition possible. We also thank all the film industry professionals that joined us during this 4 days in which hundreds meetings where held in our industry area. We also want to thank the filmmakers that through their talent where part of this celebration of films and for films, your attendance represents an invaluable promotion for the growth of Mexican, American and Canadian Cinema, and contributes to position Los Cabos and México as an attractive and versatile destination for filmmaking and production agreements. We are honored to contribute to the promotion of our country and its resources through this initiative.

Thank you all, see you in 2019!