CANNES – Cannes Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Weintrop, Dennis Lim, Lincoln Center Film Society head of programming, and Emilie Georges, Memento Films Intl. general director, will serve on the jury of Cabos in Progress, at the 4th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, which will run Nov. 11-14 at the Mexican resort.
A pix-in-post competition, Cabos in Progress will feature six Mexican titles. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. Four titles will be chosen to feature in the Cannes Marché du Film’s inaugural 2016 Los Cabos Goes To Cannes, running during the Cannes Festival.
Fox Plus, a premium pay TV package, will also offer $30,000 to air one participating productions in Latin America.
Cristian Conti, a top exec at Dynamo, Colombia’s leading film-TV production-financing-services house, will be joined on the Cabos Discovery jury by Anick Poirier, head of Seville Intl, the indie sales division of Entertainment One Films Intl., and David Kaplan, co-head of the New York-based Animal Kingdom, which scored with “It Follows” and “Short Term 12.” Cabos Discovery features 12 projects from Mexico, U.S. and Canada which compete for a $8,000 cash prize, accreditation for the Cannes Marché du Film, and a prize worth $73,920 in services from CTT Exp & Rentals.
Los Cabos has maintained its Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund grants of $52,000 each in services for two Mexican films in post-production from Labodigital, and seven development awards, worth $5,000 a pop.
Further plaudits at Los Cabos include a $45,000 prize from Chemistry and $25,000 in services from Splendor Omnia-Mantarraya.
The caliber of the two industry juries is indicative of that of Los Cabos’ industry presence at large.
Supported by industry movers such as CAA’s Micah Green, AG Studios’ Alex Garcia and Telefilm Canada, Los Cabos already packs a select but powerful industry presence from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, which is growing fast.
Companies that have confirmed their attendance to date include: Crosscreek Productions, Blackbear Pictures, Participant Media, The Weinstein Company, SundanceTV, Paramount Pictures, Fox Searchlight, HBO, Miramax, A24, Serendipity Point, Cannes Critics’ Week, and Telluride, Tribeca and SXSW among early festival confirmations.
Fest will for the first time run an official sales office, Industry Office by ProMexico, to meet multiple needs an event that has grown dramatically since its 2012 launch.