The city of Los Cabos managed to overcome the passage of the devastating Hurricane Odile. Hand in hand with the Los Cabos Unstoppable campaign, the Festival was the event that reactivated activities, thus becoming the banner of a strong and resilient destination. The Festival’s film program expanded that year, adding new sections comprising world cinema, music, environmental issues and the horror genre. The program was made up of 49 national and international titles–of which more than 90% were premieres in Mexico–, with more than 100 screenings over a 5-day period.
TRIBUTES (Special Guests)
■ Denys Arcand: Quebec director, screenwriter and actor, presented his films Le Règne de la Beauté and Les Invasions Barbares.
■ Guillermo Arriaga: Mexican screenwriter and director presented his film The Burning Plain.
■ Roger Ebert: American film critic who was honored posthumously through the screening of the documentary Life Itself.
■ Atom Egoyan: Canadian Director and Screenwriter, presented his films The Captive and Exotica.
■ LOS CABOS COMPETITION AWARD: Güeros (Dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios).
■ MEXICO FIRST AWARD: Llévate mis amores (Dir. Arturo González Villaseñor).
■ FOX+ MEXICO FIRST AWARD: El incidente (Dir. Isaac Ezban).
GABRIEL FIGUEROA FILM FUND AWARDS – CINEMA IN DEVELOPMENT
■ COLECCIONISTA DE SOMBRAS (Dir. Viviana García Besné).
■ LOS DÍAS MÁS OSCUROS DE NOSOTRAS (Dir. Astrid Rondero).
■ ENTREVERO (Dir. Max Zunino).
■ HOMBRE POR HOMBRE (Dir. Marcelo Tobar).
■ OJOS DE MAR Y TIERRA (Dir. José Álvarez).
■ SIETE HORAS (Dir.Chema Rodríguez).
■ YA NO ESTOY AQUÍ (Dir. Fernando Frías).
GABRIEL FIGUEROA FILM FUND AWARDS – WORK IN PROGRESS
■ EL CHARRO DE TOLUQUILLA (Dir. José Villalobos Romero).
■ SEMANA SANTA (Dir. Alejandra Márquez Abella).
In addition, as part of the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, the following prizes were awarded:
■ CHEMISTRY AWARD: Los herederos (Dir. Jorge Hernández).
■ MEXICO – UNITED STATES – CANADA CO-PRODUCTION FORUM AWARD: Afronauts (Dir.Nuotama Bodomo).
■ WORK IN PROGRESS MEXICO FOX+ AWARD: Sabrás que hacer conmigo (Dir. Katina Medina Mora).
■ BENGALA UANL AWARD: Concierto para bestias (Dir. Máximo Roth).