Los Cabos International Film Festival will celebrate a memorable 7th edition from the 7th to the 11th of November 2018, with a must-see program comprised of 41 national and international titles, of which 2 are world premieres, 17 are international premieres and 15 are Mexican premieres.

The Festival’s industry platform, for its part, will celebrate one of its most ambitious editions to date, receiving over 300 professionals from the international film industry that shall meet over the course of four days at ME Cabo Hotel, to take part in over 400 encounters at the Los Cabos Industry Meetings, screenings and pitching sessions, activities that seek to create a synergy that will allow to continue to build ties between Mexico, the United States and Canada with the rest of the world.

The Festival, in partnership with Cinemex, Chemistry, CTT EXP & Rentals, Cinecolor, Talent On The Road /World Talent House, Art Kingdom, Marché Du Film and BOBO Entertainment, will award $6,995,186 MXN distributed among 14 prizes both in the Official Competitions (México Primero and Competencia Los Cabos), and the different financial supports offered by the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund (Film in development, TV in development and film in postproduction – Work In Progress); added to this is the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI): Cinematographic Achievement Award. The winners shall be announced on Saturday the 10th of November during the closing ceremony.

These are some of the activities that will take place during the Festival:

Pitching Workshop: Producers Paula Vaccaro and Aaron Brookner will host this pitching workshop for the representatives of the selected projects of our TV Series in Development category, who will learn how to strengthen their pitching techniques, and put them to use during the Festival.

From Film to TV: The Ups and Downs of A Shifting Industry. This panel will bring together filmmakers, producers and showrunners of some of the most influential series of these last few years. During these meetings, the panelists will discuss the pros and cons of an industry that is constantly gaining more importance as far as their audiovisual content production is concerned. The panel participants will be: Entourage and Ballers (Rob Weiss), Narcos (Andrés Baiz), Alias Grace (Sarah Gadon), Anne with an E (Miranda de Pencier), She’s Gotta Have It (Tonya Lewis Lee), The Bisexual (Desiree Akhavan) Luis Miguel – La serie (Carla González Vargas and Humberto Hinojosa), El Chapo and Señor Ávila (José Manuel Cravioto), Radical Eye: The Life and Times of Tina Modotti (Alex García). The panel will be divided in two sessions, each moderated by the American producer Mark Kassen and the Mexican film critic Arturo Aguilar respectively, and it will take place on November 9, at 11:30 am inside theatre 1 at Cinemex Puerto Paraíso.

The Festival is proud to present its teaching area, Los Cabos +, that will, from this edition onwards, host all the academic activities that we will offer, not only during the festival, but also all year round. As part of this area, the Festival has launched the 2nd Film Critic Competition, from which were chosen three finalists who will travel to Los Cabos to receive one-on-one advice sessions with renowned Mexican film critics, in order to prepare the essays with which they will compete. The winning essay will be published in SensaCine México and The HuffPost México, and its author will be invited to participate in an episode of the radio show El Cine Y…, through Ibero 90.9. The results will be announced during the closing ceremony of our seventh edition.

We are also happy to present the Journalists in Cinema and Culture Panel: Conquered territories, that aims to put forward the points of view of women in film journalism, the way they have found their place in the media and an insight on the exercise of their profession. These are the panelists: Hipatia Argüero (Nexos magazine and the winner of our first film critic competition), Adriana Fernández (Reforma), Columba Vértiz (Proceso) and Saraí Campech (Canal Once). The panel will take place on Thursday the 8th of November at 11:45am on the Deck of the ME Cabo Hotel.

B-Side, a selection of films in which cinema portrays music, and musicians ponder through cinema, presented by Pepsi and the Viceroy Los Cabos hotel:

  • Leto (Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov) Russia
  • Lords of Chaos (Dir. Jonas Åkerlund) Norway
  • Quién te cantará (Dir. Carlos Vermut) Spain

Special Presentations, films that come to life during the Festival thanks to the guests who accompany them or the parallel events derived from them, such as:

  • A 3 Minute Hug (Dir. Everardo González)
  • ROMA (Dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Bayoneta (Dir. Kyzza Terrazas) – presented at the Cine en la Playa, in partnership with Casa Dorada.
  • Las niñas bien (Dir. Alejandra Márquez Abella) – presented at the Cine en la Playa, in partnership with Casa Dorada.

Galas – presented by Resort at Pedregal.
As every year, the Pabellón Cultural de la República, will host the red carpet and the opening and closing ceremonies. We are thrilled to announce that the opening ceremony will be followed by the Latin- American premiere of The Favourite (Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos), and as for our closing ceremony, guests will enjoy the screening of Blackkklansman (Dir. Spike Lee), whose Latin- American premiere will also take place at Los Cabos.


The Festival is honored by the presence of those prominent figures to whom it will pay tribute this year at Los Cabos, and celebrate their place in cinema history, together with our attendees.

The Festival is pleased to announce the following awards:

Outstanding Work at Film Industry: Piers Handling.
We are happy to deliver this award to Piers Handling, executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival for 23 years.

Dialogue with Piers Handling:
Leonardo García Tsao, the renowned Mexican film critic, will lead a dialogue with Piers Handling.

Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History Tribute: Terry Gilliam.
During the opening ceremony, the Festival will honor the screenwriter, director, actor and comedian, Terry Gilliam, who through his legendary films, such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Brazil (1985) and 12 Monkeys (1995) has influenced entire generations and has left his mark in cinema History.

Films: As part of this tribute, Terry Gilliam will present The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998).

Dialogue with Terry Gilliam: The celebrated journalist and playwright Juan Villoro, will lead a dialogue with Terry Gilliam, an in-depth conversation about his career, his sources of inspiration and his projects.

Exceptional Contribution to Cinema History Tribute: Spike Lee.

The Festival is honored to pay tribute to Spike Lee for being one of the most important voices in contemporary cinema, for his strong career and the way in which it has had an effect and inspired other filmmakers, as well as society as a whole, by making it question the status quo. Not only did Spike Lee’s work revolutionize film art during the second half of the twentieth century; its relevance is compelling and its message, to this day, is more pressing than ever.

Films: As part of this tribute, Spike Lee will present his most recent film Blackkklansman (2018), and the iconic Do The Right Thing (1989).

Dialogue with Spike Lee: the American actor and legendary film partner of Spike Lee, Roger Guenveur Smith, will lead this dialogue. This talk aims to paint a complete picture of Spike Lee’s career, as well as an introduction to his filmmaking process.

Outstanding Work In Cinema: Adam Driver.

The Festival extends a warm welcome to Adam Driver, an actor not to be missed due to his impressive career in cinema worldwide, and who has worked beside great filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee and Terry Gilliam, amongst others.

Films: As part of this tribute, Adam Driver will present a special screening of Paterson (2016), as well as playing the main characters in Blackkklansman and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.