Cine Las Americas 18: Award Winners

AUSTIN, Texas (April 28, 2015) — Cine Las Americas is honored to announce the award winners of the 18th annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. The five day festival concluded on Sunday, April 26th with announcements of the winners, followed by a screening of the closing night film Mr. Kaplan (Dir. Alvaro Brechner, Uruguay).

“It is always such a pleasure to wrap the festival with a celebration of jury and audience honorees. As awards are announced, it allows all of us to reflect on the past days of the festival–all the films we viewed both in and out of competition–and what has really stuck with us. I’m especially proud of the diversity and artistic excellence represented by this year’s program, which is exemplified by this year’s competition winners” stated Festival Director Jean Lauer. The festival granted jury and audience awards in nine categories, including the annual Hecho en Tejas competition, and the Emergencia Youth Film competition. For the first time, the festival featured a Best Music Video category, eligible for an Audience Award.

Narrative Feature Competition

Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature

CLIMAS

Directed by Enrica Pérez, Peru

Documentary Feature Competition

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature

PODER E IMPOTENCIA, UN DRAMA EN 3 ACTOS

(POWER AND IMPOTENCE: A DRAMA IN 3 ACTS)

Director: Anna Recalde Miranda, Paraguay/France/Italy

Special Jury Prize in Cinematography

HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

Directed by Irene Gutiérrez, Javier Labrador, Cuba/Spain

Narrative Short Film Competition

Jury Award for Best Narrative Short

INDIGO

Directed by Amanda Strong, Canada

Honorable Mention for Acting

EL SERMÓN DE LA MONTAÑA (Sermon on the Mount)

Directed by Pepe Puertas Piñero, Spain

Documentary Short Competition

 

Jury Award for Best Documentary Short

FLOR DE LA MAR (Flower of the Sea)

Directed by Jorge Thielen Armand, Venezuela

 

Hecho en Tejas Competion

 

Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Award

POR QUÉ EL RECUERDO (THE SOLITUDE OF MEMORY)

Directed by Juan Pablo González, Mexico/USA

 

Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Honorable Mention

EL FUEGO DETRÁS (THE FIRE BEHIND)

Directed by Leo Aguirre, USA

Audience Award for Narrative Feature (Tie) 

 

O ÚLTIMO CINE DRIVE-­IN (THE LAST DRIVE­-IN THEATER)

Directed by Iberê Carvalho, Brazil

 

VIENTO APARTE (A SEPARATE WIND)

Directed by Alejandro Gerber Bicecci, Mexico

 

Audience Award for Documentary Feature

 

TRES MUJERES GUERRERAS (THREE WOMEN WARRIORS)

Directed by Alexander Preuss, Germany/Colombia

 

Audience Award for Best Music Video

 

EL MARINERO Y LA SIRENA (THE SAILOR AND THE MERMAID)

Directed by Patricia Vonne, USA

 

Audience Award for Best “Emergencia” Youth Film

 

THE LONELY BAKER

Directed by Cyntheara Tham, Allison McInerney, Ayanna Marte

RAW Art Works, Lynn, MA, USA

 

 

The Feature Film Jury was comprised of Christine Davila (Director, Ambulante California), Ellen Spiro (Filmmaker/Professor), and Pablo Gonzalez (Tugg, Duna Creativ). The Hecho en Tejas juror was Texas-based filmmaker Alex R. Johnson. The Short Film Jury was formed by three members of the Cine Las Americas film selection committee: Chris Green, Dana Archip and Megan Coxe.

For the 18th consecutive year, Austin served as host to a wide range of international films and filmmakers. The festival showcased contemporary films from the US, Canada, Latin America, and the Iberian Peninsula. All films were presented in English and/or subtitled.

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