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Baja Buzz: First-Ever Baja International Film Festival to be Held in Cabo

Grammy-winning perfomer Sara Bareilles to be part of festival inaugural event!

The first-ever Baja International Film Festival will be held in Cabo San Lucas, Nov. 14-17.  Known for its sandy beaches, glam lifestyle and upscale hotels, restaurants and activities, Cabo and its residents are a-buzz about the city’s new claim to fame as a showcase setting  for some of the hottest and hippest films and filmmakers from Mexico and from throughout the world.

According to organizers, the Baja International Film Festival will strive to become one of Mexico’s top annual events — eventually on par in terms of recognition and glitz with Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance  film festivals .  They also believe that the Cabo event will serve as a bridge between the Mexico and US film communities by encouraging and facilitating communication and collaboration. This great feast of cinema will further solidify Los Cabos as the top destination for Hollywood celebrities and the world’s cultural elite.

Heightening expectations for the festival’s scope, it was announced that three-time Grammy nominee singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles and other acclaimed musicians will perform on Friday, November 16th at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in Cabo, Mexico as part of the inaugural festival.  The Friday night concert will be one piece of an extraordinary lineup at the inaugural festival, which will include screenings of Feature Films, Documentaries and Short Films, as well as nightly galas, award ceremonies, panel discussions and filmmaker receptions. Work from leading filmmakers from Mexico, the U.S., and around the world will be highlighted, and much of the activity and focus will take place at the new state-of-the-art Los Cabos Convention Center designed and built for the G20 Summit.  Additionally, some events will show off  the unique surroundings of Cabo,  including the Wirikuta Cactus Garden, a botanical desert garden home to over 1500 varieties of desert plants from around the world, and the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, an ocean cove where dolphins swim in their natural habitat.

Some festival events will showcase the Wirikuta Cactus Garden

“VIP Passes” and “Festival Passes,” as well as tickets to the inaugural event, are on sale now. For festival pass pricing and details please visit the festival website. The Baja International Film Festival was founded by Scott Cross and Sean Cross who also founded the Colorado Film Institute and the Vail Film Festival, which was named by Moviemaker magazine among the “Top Ten Destination Film Festivals in the World.” 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, and a mission to grow the Baja International Film Festival into the Cannes Film Festival of Latin America. 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.

What could be better than Cabo and a good movie?  Get your front row seat!  To find out more about visiting Cabo and the Baja International Film Festival, visit! is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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