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Sunday December 17 2017
Lights… Camera… Action!
Brian Blackburn

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These familiar words will be heard often this November 5th through 10th when the Los Cabos International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet in Los Cabos, Mexico. Filmmakers from around the globe are invited to showcase their artistic talents when over 50 films and documentaries hit the big screens for the first time.

Following in the footsteps of the tremendous successes of Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, the Los Cabos International Film Festival will soon be recognized as a premier event, attracting leading members of the film industry.

Los Cabos and Hollywood have a long and colourful history dating back to the 1950’s when Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and other legendary names discovered the sportfishing and relaxation this little slice of paradise offered. The Palmilla, the Hacienda and the Hotel Cabo San Lucas all became ‘get-a-ways’ for the Rich & Famous to escape the spotlight of movie sets and cameras. Ernest Hemingway and Jacques Cousteau along with presidents and other dignitaries also found their way to Los Cabos which soon became known as a world-class destination.

Los Cabos is now a favourite locale for stars like Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, John Travolta and Robert De Niro to enjoy the comfort and luxury of this Mexico hotspot. Many, like Sammy Hagar of Cabo Wabo fame and Cindy Crawford have chosen to buy or build homes here and have the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific Ocean as their backyard.

Films including Troy with Brad Pitt & Orlando Bloom, Heartbreak Kid with Adam Sandler and TV shows such as Baywatch, Land’s End, and Beverly Hills 90210 have made Los Cabos known to more recent and younger viewers.

The dramatic landscapes, ocean waters and breathtaking sunsets make Los Cabos a natural backdrop for photographers and film buffs for video, stills and action shots using the ever-changing colors of the desert and the sky.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival is designed to provide a social and economic impact for many years to come. Under the “Best Movies Under the Sun” initiative, over 400 films are expected to be submitted for judging with 50 or so finally being selected to showcase at the Festival. Venues will include the cinemas at Puerto Paraiso Mall in San Lucas, older theatre houses and cinemas in San Jose and selected hotel ballrooms.

Over 3000 industry professionals...directors, producers, actors, advertisers and crew...will descend on Los Cabos for the Festival and spend in excess of $20million. Hotels will be full, parties will be abundant and awards ceremonies will be exciting time to be sure!

The Los Cabos International Film Festival will promote the industry while bringing revenue to the local communities and with such benchmarks as Sundance and the TIFF, the stars will shine in more than just the night sky.

The Sundance Film Festival began in 1978 and has grown to epic proportions ... over 40,000 attended the event this January and contributed over $90million to the community with 117 films providing 34 winners in 29 categories. Films introduced at Sundance include Slumdog Millionaire and Precious, both received international acclaim and multiple Oscar awards.

The Toronto International Film Festival started in 1976 and last year attracted over 15,000 visitors and contributed over $60million to the community; 312 films were screened in 21 cinemas over the 10-day event. Precious won the 2009 Best Film Award at the TIFF and went on to capture two of the industry’s highest honours at the Academy Awards this March.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival will bring the magic of Hollywood to Mexico and introduce a new generation of movie-makers to the world by creating a sustainable Foundation to provide career opportunities through learning and education.

As stated by Board Chair, Paula Stoeke ...”It is our mission to bring tangible support through guided funding into the lives of emerging filmmakers worldwide. Our influence will help to open areas of expression that may have been silenced by lack of means. With scholarship funding, internships, and educational outreach, LCIFF will be a pivotal force for bringing promising talents, unique artistic vision and a chorus of new voices to the screen.

The Directors of the Festival are Tom Bower, renowned actor and mentor, Luis Martinez, acclaimed international business consultant and Mary Miller, patron of the Festival for the Arts. They all echo Paula’s comments and bring their personal experiences and connections to this event:

Anyone can become involved as a Sponsor, a Friend of the Festival or a volunteer ... it is an excellent and exciting opportunity to showcase yourself and your business to the thousands of visitors who will enjoy the culture, sounds and tastes of Mexico. There are needs for accommodations, entertainment, activities, information - anything and everything for a spectacular event with flair and personality.

All of Mexico is invited to participate in what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience... you never know, Hollywood might come knocking on your door!

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