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2010 Miami Film Festival award winners

Here is the list of award winners from this year's Miami International Film Festival, announced earlier tonight at the Gusman. The festival gives out too many a lot of awards, so I'm just posting the entire press release below. Congrats to Lola and Ordinary People!

I wish the festival had allowed me to screen Sins of My Father. I was really interested in that one. Fortunately, the festival has added last-minute screenings of all the Audience Award winners. Go here for more info.

The complete list of winners in all categories follows: 

WORLD COMPETITION

Grand Jury Prize:

Lola

Lola by Brillante Mendoza (France/Philippines, 2009)

(A $25,000 USD cash prize awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation)

Audience Award:   

No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh) by Bahman Ghobadi (Iran, 2009)

 

IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION

Grand Jury Prize:

Tothesea

To the Sea (Alamar) by Pedro González-Rubio (Mexico, 2009)

(A $25,000 USD cash prize awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation)

Audience Award:   

Undertow (Contracorriente) by Javier Fuentes-León (Peru/Colombia/France/Germany, 2009)

 

THE JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD (Ibero-American Competition)

This special category and award recognizes and supports young people as they embark on their careers as professional screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter who died at age 23, before he realized his dream.

Grand Jury Prize:

The Last Summer of La Boyita (El último verano de La Boyita) by Julia Solomonoff (Argentina/Spain/ France, 2009)

(A $5,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund)

 

DOX COMPETITION

Grand Jury Prize:

Sinsofmyfather

Sins of My Father (Pecados de mi padre) by Nicolás Entel (Argentina/Colombia, 2009)

(A $25,000 USD cash prize awarded by Miami Dade College)

Special Jury Mention:    

Kawase-san by Cristián Leighton (Chile, 2009)

Audience Award:   

Sins of My Father (Pecados de mi padre) by Nicolás Entel (Argentina/Colombia, 2009)

 

CUTTING THE EDGE & CUTTING THE EDGE VIDEO ART COMPETITION

Grand Jury Prize:  

Pepperminta by Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland/Austria, 2009) (a Cutting the Edge Feature Film)

Special Jury Mention:    

Nora by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton (USA, 2009) (a Cutting the Edge Video Art Film)

 

SHORTS COMPETITION

Grand Jury Prize:  

Believe by Paul Wright (Scotland/UK, 2009) (a nominee from Shorts Competition 2)

 

(New in 2010) DIESEL ONLINE SHORTS COMPETITION  

Grand Jury Prize:

Telegastrovision by Antanas Janauskas (Lithuania)

Audience Award:   

Zombies Vs. Vampires by Franz Palomares (USA)

 

THE FIPRESCI PRIZE

The Munich-based International Federation of Film Critics (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique, or FIPRESCI), is the world’s largest collective of film critics, with members in 46 countries. The FIPRESCI Prize is awarded at film festivals around the world and celebrates a single film selected from the festival’s World Competition that promotes film as art and encourages new and young cinema. This is a symbolic prize only.

The FIPRESCI Prize:  

Judge (Tou Xi) by Liu Jie (China, 2009)

(New in 2010) THE CINEUROPA PRIZE FOR BEST EUROPEAN FILM  

The Cineuropa Prize:     

Ordinarypeople

Ordinary People by Vladimir Perisic (France/Switzerland/Serbia/Netherlands, 2009)

Special Mention:    

Medal of Honor (Medalia de onoare) by Calin Peter Netzer (Germany/Romania, 2009)

 

FLORIDA FOCUS COMPETITION

FILM FLORIDA AWARD WINNERS:

Best Short Film by a High School Student:

Last Laugh by David Harrison (Design & Architecture High School)

(Received a $500 USD Sarah Fuller Student Scholarship)

Special Jury Mention for a Short Film by a High School Student:

Agyrophobia by Clara Diez (Design & Architecture High School)

Best Short Film by a College Student:

Blooming Hope by Marcela Moyana-Rosero and Fernando Rosero (St. Thomas University)

(Received a $500 USD Sarah Fuller Student Scholarship)

Best Miami Mini Film (no age restrictions):

Where It Stops by Kyle Shea

 

MIAMI COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS AWARD WINNERS:

Best Original Song:

Luis Martinez (Miami Senior High School)

Best Public Service Announcement:

Bailey Stasevich (Miami Beach Senior High School)

Best Short Film:

Last Laugh by David Harrison (Design & Architecture High School)

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