30th Miami International Film Festival Comes to a Close

Credit: MIFF

The 30th Miami International Film Festival came to a close this weekend and with it came the expected throng of award handouts and the such. Full list of winners are listed below the cut. Although I didn’t cover the festival, a mistake I hope to rectify next year, I did manage to catch two films – Pablo Larrain’s riveting political drama No about Chile’s 1988 national plebiscite, and The Hunt, Thomas Vintenburg’s incisive study of a little white lie and its horrific consequences in a Danish hamlet. I plan to review both films in the upcoming weeks as No hits South Florida theaters on March 15th while The Hunt is currently marked up for a July launch.

While I didn’t attend the fest, most accounts seem to indicate it was a successful one. My colleagues Rene Rodriguez (The Miami Herald), Hans Morgenstern (Independent Ethos, Cultist), Juan Barquin (Yam Magazine) and Steve Mesa (Examiner) all covered the festival extensively. Juan even served as a member of the Miami Future Cinema Critics Panel. For that, I’m grateful. I hope to share notes with them during next year’s fest.

And now, on to the winners…

KNIGHT IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION AWARDS

Knight Grand Jury Prize: So Much Water (Tanta agua) by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands).

Grand Jury Best Performance: The cast of A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistola en cada mano), by Cèsc Gay (Spain)

Grand Jury Best Director: Ana Piterbarg of Everybody Has a Plan (Todos tenemos un plan) (Spain/Argentina /Germany)

JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD
Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge for So Much Water (Tanta agua)

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Knight Grand Jury Prize: Gideon’s Army, by Dawn Porter (USA)

LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN OPERA PRIMA COMPETITION (tie):

Solo, by Guillermo Rocamora (Uruguay/Argentina/Netherlands/France)
The Swimming Pool (La piscina), by Carlos Machado Quintela (Cuba/Venezuela)
Special recognition by the jury goes to Villegas, by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina/Netherlands/France)

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SHORTS COMPETITION:
Best Short Film: Anna and Jerome, by Mélanie Delloye (France)

MIAMI FUTURE CINEMA CRITICS AWARD:
Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong), by Zhang Yuan (China)

LEXUS AUDIENCE AWARD
There were two grand winners of this year’s Lexus Audience Award voted on by festivalgoers throughout the Festival:
7 Boxes (7 cajas) by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori (Paraguay)

Gideon’s Army, by Dawn Porter (USA)

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