BIFF INTRODUCES THE FIRST-EVER FESTIVAL BETWEEN
CANADIAN, MEXICAN AND AMERICAN FILM INDUSTRIES;
UNVEILS SOME OF THE CANADIAN FILMS IN COMPETITION
Come November, a feisty resort-based upstart, the Los Cabos-based Baja International Film Festival (BIFF) – a new paradise for cinema – will be doing the full-NAFTA – putting Mexican, American and Canadian films in equal competition for the first time.
BIFF made a number of announcements during a reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, revealing their opening night film: FOOSBALL (Mete Gol) by Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella.
Following that, two of the Canadian films in competition were announced: the debut from Quebec’s Chloe Robichaud (who was just honoured on Playback’s 10 to Watch list) with her film Sarah Prefers To Run, and Toronto’s Matt Johnson with his film The Dirties, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Slamdance.
Come November 13-16, 2013, film fans and industry partners and players will converge on the Baja California Sur municipality of Los Cabos, one of Mexico´s most beautiful destinations. There, BIFF 2013 will inaugurate a new, ambitious era with an Official Selection In Competition program encompassing the best in North American cinema – fiction or documentary – Mexican, Canadian and American, where co-productions are permitted.
BIFF 2013 delivers around $170,000 USD in awards and funds to support North American producers and filmmakers, along with their partners, the Mexican Tourism Board (CPTM), Los Cabos Tourism Board (FITURCA), Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE-CONACULTA), Moviecity and Labodigital.
BIFF, Los Cabos is the only Mexican Film Festival that has a Film Fund, Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, named after one of Mexico’s greatest cinematographers. It offers seed money to projects in early development and a bursary for post production given in collaboration with the post-production company Labodigital. There’s also the Bengala Agency Award (offering financial grants to projects in the script stage), with a jury, including Gael García Bernal and Gerardo Naranjo, among others.
A robust industry program, includes for the first time – Work In Progress Mexico, an initiative which supports six upcoming Mexican films in post production – allowing distributors, sales agencies, festival delegates and international buyers to view first-hand for potential sale.
“Our North American region deserves a platform in which film professional neighbors can explore real channels of collaboration,” says Festival Director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo. “BIFF’s program brings together a selection of brave and vibrant independent film voices from Canada, Mexico and the US, combined with industry activities focused on providing useful tools for producers and filmmakers. Los Cabos, the most exclusive paradise at the edge of Mexico, extends its red carpet on the beach for a runway of true film lovers.”
About Baja International Film Festival, Los Cabos
Baja International Film Festival, Los Cabos is an event dedicated to the shared vision of this multicultural and vibrant region that brings international audiences bold, reflective and inspiring films. From November 13 – 16, 2013, strategic partners from Mexico, USA, Canada, and friends from around the world will jointly build a platform for cultural and business exchange in the cinema field at this wonderful Baja California Sur location.