Los Cabos International Film Festival starts its 10th anniversary celebration with the launch of an amazing commemorative teaser trailer directed by David Liles and Hugo Payén, two talented local artists from Los Cabos.
A scuba diver explores a dreamlike world in which waves and desert blend together, and where the marine wildlife —fish and whales— roam through the starry skies captured by cinematographer Jorge Pineda. The light coming from the aqualung illuminates the impressive landscape of Baja California Sur, as though it were a film projector revealing its different elements. In this scenery where the sea reigns, we discover the legendary Calypso, the ship on board which the great oceanographer Jacques Cousteau sailed when he described the Gulf of California as being the “Aquarium of the World”.
Apix Films and the duo of filmmakers join the Festival to celebrate its first decade of existence by creating this beautiful animated production, inspired by the image that David Rodrigo Pineda Ortiz conceived for the 2021 edition of the Festival. This powerful representation depicts the Cabo San Lucas Arch as a window into a place full of chances, a screen on which we can explore the best of the World Cinema.
“With this teaser trailer, we are looking to honor our inheritance, as well as to expose our natural heritage.
“Being the first animated teaser trailer in ten years, reflects the essence and the present of the Festival itself.” Hugo Payén
About the filmmakers
David Liles - He studied drama at the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba (The University of Arts of Cuba) and enrolled in workshops at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (The International Film and TV School) in San Antonio de Los Baños. He has worked in productions such as Drifting (2013), by Gael García Bernal; Semana Santa (2015), by Alejandra Márquez Abella; Camino a Marte (2016), by Humberto Hinojosa; Desierto (2016), by Jonás Cuarón and El baile de los 41 (2020), by David Pablos. He also wrote and directed the short films Fango (2017) and Byron (2018), which both premiered at the Cannes Court Métrage section. He recently played the role of “Robert” in the HBO series Amsterdam (2022), directed by Gustavo Taretto. Since 2021, he is a partner at Apix Films, as Director / Producer. IMDb | Vimeo
Hugo Payén - With a degree in filmmaking from the CAAV - Universidad de Medios Audiovisuales (University of Audiovisual Media, CAAV), he founded the production company Apix Films, collaborating in different areas of cinema such as VFX services and directing, for different national and international feature film productions, videoclips and commercial content. He participated in the short films El caso de Juan (2016), winner of the Ariel Award, and Flamboyanes (2019), awarded as the best short film at the Oaxaca Film Fest. He has worked on films such as La inevitable muerte del cangrejo (2019), by Ahcitz Azcona; El deseo de Ana (2019), by Emilio Santoyo; La virgen de San Juan (2020), by Noé González and No vayas a clase mañana (2022), by Diego Barragán. He also directed the short film Terrae (2017) and co-directed Byron (2018), both presented at the Cannes Court Métrage section. Nowadays he offers VFX and directing services for many projects. IMDb | Vimeo
About Apix Films
Apix Films offers audiovisual solutions specialized in professional visual effects for any production seeking different digital editing techniques. Several Apix Films productions have participated in film festivals such as Cannes Court Métrage, the Sitges Film Festival, the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana and the Los Cabos International Film Festival. It has also collaborated with productions by Anomia, Blank Square Productions, Hallmark and NETFLIX.
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