"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. We have an incredible lineup and are excited to share this year's program with our attendees for the first annual Baja International Film Festival," said Eva Sangiorgi, Programmer of the Mexican narrative features selection.
The Inaugural Baja International Film Festival Film Program Includes:
International Narrative Features Competition:7 Cajas, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori Faith, Love and Whiskey, directed by Kristina NikolovaNo, directed by Pablo LarrainThe Sky in Bloom, directed by Tor MianWhile We Were Here, directed by Kat Coiro
International Narrative Special Presentations:6 Month Rule, directed by Blayne WeaverFor Lovers Only, directed by Michael PolishMariachi Gringo, directed by Tom GustafsonRise of the Guardians, directed by Peter RamsaySupporting Characters, directed by Daniel SchechterThanks for Sharing, directed by Stuart Blumberg
Mexican Narrative Features Competition:Fogo, directed by Yulene OlaizolaLas lagrimas, directed by Pablo Delgado SanchezLos mejores temas, directed by Nicolas PeredaRezeta, directed by Luis Fernando FriasUn mundo secreto, directed by Gabriel Marino
Mexican Narrative Special PresentationsCabeza de Vaca, directed by Nicolas EchevarriaDespues de Lucia, directed by Michel FrancoHecho en Mexico, directed by Duncan BridgemanDe Tripas Corazon, directed by Antonio Urrutia Miradas Multiples (La maquina loca), directed by Emilio MailleNino Fidencio (El taumaturgo del Espizazo), directed by Nicolas Echevarria
International Documentary Competition:Blood Relative, directed by Nimisha MukerjiFirst Position, directed by Bess KargmanGuateMaya- The Unification of Wisdom, directed by Cassidy Rast Money and Honey, directed by Ching-Hui LeeNothing Like Chocolate, directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Mexican Documentary Competition:Buscando a Larisa, directed by Andres PardoCuates de Australia, directed by Everardo GonzalezEl alcalde, directed by Carlos F. Rossini, Emiliano Altuna, and Diego E. OsornoInori, directed by Pedro Gonzalez RubioLa revolucion de los alcatraces, directed by Luciana Kaplan
International Shorts Competition:Address Is Approximate, directed by Tom JenkinsAmaqqut Nunaat, directed by Neil ChristopherAnd If Tomorrow..., directed by Joe IacovinoBlackout, directed by Francisco Lupini De Que Se Rien Las Hienas directed by Javier VeigaEl Cocodrilo (The Crocodile), directed by Steve AcevedoGrounded, directed by Kevin MargoHello Caller, directed by Andrew PutschoeglImmobile, directed by Helio Mira Julio Solis, A Move Shake Story, directed by Alexandria BombachLa Mirada Perdida, directed by Damian Dionisio Lichen, directed by Kevin LimLittle Kaiju, directed by Jonathan BakerLuminaris, directed by Juan Pablo ZaramellaLunch Date, directed by Sasha CollingtonMentiroso, directed by Will ShipleyMexican Cuisine, directed by Fran GuijarroNeighbors, directed by Rachel GoldbergNostos, directed by Alessandro D'Ambrosi and Santa de Santis Q, directed by Felipe Vara de ReyRascacielos, directed by Mariana TorresResen, directed by Eti TsickoSide Effects, directed by Traven RiceSingle Player, directed by Pawe? SojaThe End, directed by Ted MarcusThe Gnome Garden, directed by Elena HattersleyThe Most Girl Part of You, directed by Mark CumminsThe Price, directed by Zeke Pinheiro, James St.VincentThe Verbal Circuits, directed by Elena HattersleyTu ez moi, directed by Melissa Papel and Clarisse Gorokhoff
Mexican Shorts Competition:Dentro, directed by Emiliano Rocha MinterDentro de uno, directed by Salvador AguirreDos de tres, directed by Paulina RosasEcuacion, directed by Gerardo Enrique Rodriguez HerreraIsmael, directed by Sebastian HofmannLa habitacion, directed by Raul Sebastian QuintanillaLa noria, directed by Karla CastanedaLas manos limpias, directed by Carlos ArmellaLucy contra los limites de la voz, directed by Monica HerreraPerro azul, directed by Federico ZuvireUn ojo, directed by Lorenza ManriqueYuban, Yaasib Vazquez Colmenares
Environmental Films:Azul Intangible, directed by Erendira Valle PadillaPlanet Ocean, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael PitiotOpen Pit, directed by Gianni ConversoPad Yatra: A Green Odyssey, directed by Wendy J.N. Lee
ABOUT THE BAJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe inaugural Baja International Film Festival is co-founded by Festival President, Eduardo Sanchez Navarro, longtime supporter of the arts in Los Cabos, BIFF festival directors Scott Cross and Sean Cross, co-founders of the Colorado Film Institute and Vail Film Festival, and business leaders and arts supports Juan Gallardo, Alfonso Pasquel, Eduardo Sanchez Navarro Torres, and Pablo Sanchez Navarro. Scott and Sean Cross also serve as the Festival's artistic directors alongside Jorge Sanchez Sosa, former director of the Guadalajara Film Festival. Nancy Collet, former Director of Programming at the American Film Institute, serves as Festival Senior International Films Programmer. The Baja International Film Festival will include four days of special presentations, as well as competition screenings of feature films, documentaries, and short films, as well as nightly galas, panel discussions, filmmaker receptions, and award ceremonies. The festival is run by a bi-national team of experienced film and business managers who share a passion for bringing Mexican and U.S. cultures together through film. The Baja International Film Festival is supported by the Mexico Tourism Board and endorsed by the State of Baja California Sur and the Los Cabos Tourism Bureau as the Official Festival of Cabo, Mexico. For more information and to order tickets please visit: www.bajainternationalfilmfestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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