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Baja Film Festival Announces Lineup for Inaugural Edition, Celebrating Mexican and International Cinema

Baja Film Festival Announces Lineup for Inaugural Edition, Celebrating Mexican and International Cinema

The inaugural edition of the Baja International Film Festival has lined up eighty films. The fest, which will run November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, will feature five international feature premieres, five Mexican features, seven Special Presentation screenings and much more. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best International Feature, Mexican Feature, Int’l Doc, Mexican Doc, Int’l Short and Mexican Short at a ceremony on the closing day.
The venue for the majority of screenings, panels and events is the Los Cabos Convention Center, complete with solar panels and the latest environmental technology.

The festival will also feature the Mexico-USA Film Forum on November 16, in which industry pros from Mexico and the USA will exchange ideas on how to strengthen the relationship between the two markets. A film fund to support Mexican projects and filmmakers will also be announces on November 16.

Among the festival’s free screening offerings at the Cultural Pavilion Amphitheater in Cabo San Lucas and the Plaza Mijares in San Jose Del Cabo is DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians.”

Festival programmer Eva Sangiorgi states, “It was important for us to find a balance between our Mexican and international programming, to truly represent Mexico’s new wave of innovative filmmakers, while also highlighting the groundbreaking films being produced in the U.S. and across the world.”

The lineup is listed below:

International Narrative Features Competition:

7 Cajas, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori
Faith, Love and Whiskey, directed by Kristina Nikolova
No, directed by Pablo Larrain
The Sky in Bloom, directed by Tor Mian
While We Were Here, directed by Kat Coiro
International Narrative Special Presentations:
6 Month Rule, directed by Blayne Weaver
For Lovers Only, directed by Michael Polish
Mariachi Gringo, directed by Tom Gustafson
Rise of the Guardians, directed by Peter Ramsay
Supporting Characters, directed by Daniel Schechter
Thanks for Sharing, directed by Stuart Blumberg
Mexican Narrative Features Competition:

Fogo, directed by Yulene Olaizola
Las lágrimas, directed by Pablo Delgado Sánchez
Los mejores temas, directed by Nicolás Pereda
Rezeta, directed by Luis Fernando Frías
Un mundo secreto, directed by Gabriel Mariño
Mexican Narrative Special Presentations

Cabeza de Vaca, directed by Nicolas Echevarria
Después de Lucia, directed by Michel Franco
Hecho en México, directed by Duncan Bridgeman
De Tripas Corazón, directed by Antonio Urrutia       
Miradas Múltiples (La máquina loca), directed by Emilio Maillé
Niño Fidencio (El taumaturgo del Espizazo), directed by Nicolás Echevarría
International Documentary Competition:

Blood Relative, directed by Nimisha Mukerji
First Position, directed by Bess Kargman
GuateMaya- The Unification of Wisdom, directed by Cassidy Rast
Money and Honey, directed by Ching-Hui Lee
Nothing Like Chocolate, directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Mexican Documentary Competition:

Buscando a Larisa, directed by Andrés Pardo
Cuates de Australia, directed by Everardo González
El alcalde, directed by Carlos F. Rossini, Emiliano Altuna, and Diego E. Osorno
Inori, directed by Pedro González Rubio
La revolución de los alcatraces, directed by Luciana Kaplan
International Shorts Competition:

Address Is Approximate, directed by Tom Jenkins
Amaqqut Nunaat, directed by Neil Christopher
And If Tomorrow…, directed by Joe Iacovino
Blackout, directed by Francisco Lupini
De Que Se Rien Las Hienas directed by Javier Veiga
El Cocodrilo (The Crocodile), directed by Steve Acevedo
Grounded, directed by Kevin Margo
Hello Caller, directed by Andrew Putschoegl
Immobile, directed by Helio Mira
Julio Solis, A Move Shake Story, directed by Alexandria Bombach
La Mirada Perdida, directed by Damián Dionisio
Lichen, directed by Kevin Lim
Little Kaiju, directed by Jonathan Baker
Luminaris, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella
Lunch Date, directed by Sasha Collington
Mentiroso, directed by Will Shipley
Mexican Cuisine, directed by Fran Guijarro
Neighbors, directed by Rachel Goldberg
Nostos, directed by Alessandro D’Ambrosi and Santa de Santis        
Q, directed by Felipe Vara de Rey
Rascacielos, directed by Mariana Torres
Resen, directed by Eti Tsicko
Side Effects, directed by Traven Rice
Single Player, directed by Paweł Soja
The End, directed by Ted Marcus
The Gnome Garden, directed by Elena Hattersley
The Most Girl Part of You, directed by Mark Cummins
The Price, directed by Zeke Pinheiro, James St.Vincent
The Verbal Circuits, directed by Elena Hattersley
Tu ez moi, directed by Melissa Papel and Clarisse Gorokhoff
Mexican Shorts Competition:

Dentro, directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter
Dentro de uno, directed by Salvador Aguirre
Dos de tres, directed by Paulina Rosas
Ecuación, directed by Gerardo Enrique Rodríguez Herrera
Ismael, directed by Sebastian Hofmann
La habitación, directed by Raúl Sebastián Quintanilla
La noria, directed by Karla Castañeda
Las manos limpias, directed by Carlos Armella
Lucy contra los límites de la voz, directed by Mónica Herrera
Perro azul, directed by Federico Zuvire
Un ojo, directed by Lorenza Manrique
Yuban, Yaasib Vázquez Colmenares
Environmental Films:

Azul Intangible, directed by Eréndira Valle Padilla
Planet Ocean, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot
Open Pit, directed by Gianni Converso
Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey, directed by Wendy J.N. Lee

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