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Baja International Film Festival

Why Go? Weather, scenery, and an intelligent selection of recent cinema made mostly in the Americas.

Festival Website: http://bajafilmfest.com.mx/

Timing: Four days in mid-November.

History: Established in 2012, the festival is organized by the same group which programs the Vail Film Festival.

Audience: The festival attracts mostly tourists looking for a respite from the beach and the golf course.

Programming: Three or 4 films are screened concurrently from late morning to late evening.

Program Book. Just a small brochure with brief descriptions of the films.

Tickets: Not a problem. They are distributed free at various local businesses and sold for $5 at the theater. No screening I went to was full, though most were well attended.

Venue: The festival moved in 2013 to CineMex, a very comfortable new multiplex in the Puerto Paraiso mall in the heart of Cabo San Lucas.

CineMex

Puerto Paraiso Mall

Getting There: There are direct flights from many American cities into the Los Cabos airport. From there it’s about an hour’s drive into Cabo. Beware of time share and car rental scams at the airport.

Accommodations: Most hotels provide shuttle service from the airport and some will shuttle you back and forth to the festival theaters. The closest major hotel to the festival is the Wyndam.

Wyndam Cabo San Lucas Resort

Getting Around: Many public buses traverse the so-called “corridor” between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Restaurants: Flora Farms in San Jose del Cabo is well worth a visit.

Flora Farms

Excursions: Todos Santos, about an hour north of Cabo, is worth a visit for its art galleries and restaurants. For more information, see the Todos Santos Film Festival page.

The Festival Year by Year

2013

2013 Festival Brochure

Best Film I Saw: The Dirties. An audacious debut film about a high school shooting from University of Toronto student Matt Johnson featuring a complicated, engrossing aesthetic premise and an admirable control of tone.

The Dirties

Unexpected Pleasure: The spectacular mountain scenery in Lucia Puenzo’s Wakolda (aka The German Doctor), a fictionalized version of a Joseph Mengele-like Nazi doctor hiding out in the Argentine outback.

Wakolda

Shock and Awe: Charlie Sheen as a special guest. Really??!!

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