CAA, WME, Participant, IM Global Sign On For Los Cabos’ First Formal Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Los Cabos Meet-Mart bows with Film Investor Summit, high-level Latin American film pitching sessions

Alonso Aguilar Castillo Los Cabos Festival
Courtesy: Los Cabos Festival

CAA’s Micah Green, WME’s Deborah McIntosh, Participant Media’s Jonathan King, the Weinstein Co.’s Dan Guano and execs from IM Global, FilmNation, IFC and Mundial are firmed up for Los Cabos Meet-Mart, the Mexican fest’s first formal market.

Mexican presence will be led by Gaston Pavlovich, the investor attempting to finance “The Irishman,” and Alex Garcia at AG Studios and AG Capital.

“Los Cabos Meet-Mart will be a market where we will introduce the best Latin American talent to the U.S. and international market, including the 15-20 top sales companies in the world,” said Los Cabos Fest director Alonso Aguilar Castillo.

Unspooling Nov. 9-13 , Los Cabos has grown in just four years to include an impressive North American presence.

Netflix, Amazon, Universal, Sony, Warner, Paramount execs have attended in the past, as have large European sales agents the Match Factory, Gaumont, Memento and Kinology.

Taking place at the ME Cabo beachfront hotel, walking distance from the main theaters, the invitation-only market will also stage its first Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, produced by Winston Baker and running Nov. 11-12. This will feature private pitching sessions of four to five projects from Latin America’s top-tier producers to investors in the U.S. and Mexico, according to Aguilar Castillo.

The Los Cabos co-production market and works-in-progress event will be rebranded Los Cabos Industry Meetings; the producers and filmmakers at the co-production event will also be invited to participate in the Meet-Mart, Aguilar Castillo added. All grants and fest cash prizes will be channeled through the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, fest’s bespoke film financing vehicle. The fest’s 2016 cash prize amounts to $238,000.

“I’ve been dreaming of this for four years,”said Aguilar Castillo. “We know it’s going to grow organically, that probably in future editions we will be able to invite people who request invitations, but for this year we want to keep Los Cabos Meet-Mart at a certain scale. This should not become a massive type of market, it has to be personal, light and very efficient.”