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The 2023 Los Cabos Festival in Mexico has been cancelled due to a “lack of financial assistance”

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The Mexican general election will take place on June 2, 2024. The Mexican general election will take place on June 2, 2024.

The ongoing dual Hollywood strikes have also put festivals in a difficult situation while talent are barred from promoting films by studios and streamers, or independent features which have not been granted a SAG-AFTRA interim agreement.

A-listers who have attended prior editions include Reese Witherspoon, Liam Neeson, and Ewan McGregor, with Oliver Stone and Spike Lee also participating.

The festival, which had been scheduled to run November 29-December 3, was a popular staging post for Hollywood after the AFM. Located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and a short flight from Los Angeles, it drew strong attendance from talent agents, producers and talent, as well as leaders from the local industry.

Organisers at Los Cabos said, “We express our sincere thanks to all the people, companies and institutions that have confirmed their support and participation in the 2023 edition. We are committed in strengthening our collaborations for the future.”

The Festival will refund the costs of film submissions through the FilmFreeway platform.

The complete statement appears below. This difficult decision was due to a lack of financial support which has been crucial over the past 11 years. The Los Cabos International Film Festival was founded 12 years ago with the goal of promoting culture by promoting the national and international film industries, and encouraging tourism to Los Cabos. The Festival has shown more than 40 films in each edition that tackle relevant social issues through the most innovative narratives of both national and international cinema. The galas, recognitions and tributes have brought together celebrities, film professionals, the press, and the public, creating a multiple high film experience.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival has also stood out for being the first Mexican festival with its own Film Fund. The Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, a fundamental pillar of Mexican cinema, has supported film projects since their conception until post-production. We are grateful for the support we have received over the years. We thank all those who have confirmed their participation and support for the 2023 Festival. We are committed to strengthening our collaborations in the future.

We appreciate your understanding and hope to continue working together in favor of both cinema and culture.

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