Awards Ceremony of the 13th FICMBy: Jaime Garba, reportero (@jaimegarba)
The 13th FICM concluded its official activities with an awards ceremony that was attended by Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, president of FICM; Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president of FICM; and Daniela Michel, general director of FICM. Also present at the event were the honorable jury, special invited guests, a large part of the talent in competition and public officials. The ceremony was held at the Teatro Ocampo and was conducted by actress Eréndira Ibarra.
The first award at the event was the Guerrero Press Award given by the Network of Cinematographic Journalists in the categories of Best Mexican Feature Film and Best Mexican Documentary. For the second consecutive year, the Guerrero Award for the “Joaquín Rodríguez” Cinematographic Journalist Merit was given. These prizes were the result of the voting of the local, national and international press accredited at FICM.
Juan Manuel Badillo and Columba Vértiz de la Fuente presented the press award for best documentary to El hombre que vio demasiado by director Trisha Ziff. In her absence, the musical director of the film, Leonardo Heimblum, read a message expressing the director’s gratitude. “For many years, I’ve bought newspapers every day,” she wrote. “They are an important part of my life, the media is in my blood, for that reason this award is very important.”
The press award for the best feature film went to Te prometo anarquía (2015), by Julio Hernández Cordón, who thanked the journalists for the praise they gave the film during the festival. The “Joaquín Rodríguez” Cinematographic Journalist Merit award was given to Sonia Riquer for her more than 30 years of experience in radio production. Riquer said, “I’m very happy and honored and I’d like to share this award with my co-workers for the many years that we’ve been seeing each other at film festivals and events.”
This year, for the first time, FICM gave awards for the Impulso Morelia initiative, a space where eight films in the post-production stage were presented to professionals of the world film scene aimed at contributing to their termination, promotion and circulation. The jury of the Impulso Morelia, comprised of Lynda Myles, Miguel Rivera and Mauricio Durán, selected in a unanimous decision as the winner of 200,000 pesos in cash, intended for the processes and post-production services, Minezota by Carlos Enderle, “for its originality and authenticity, that effectively combines the themes of religion, rock music and solitude.” The Cinépolis Distribution award went to Plaza de la Soledad by Mayra Goded “for her way of showing the lives of a group of women who despite adverse circumstance are an example of dignity and self respect.”
Actor José María de Tavira was responsible for presenting the awards for the Michoacán Short Film Screenplay Contest of the Michoacán Section, whose jury was comprised of José Manuel García Ortega, María del Carmen de Lara Rangel, Alejandra Musi Arcelus and Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro. “For its great richness and visual narrative and for being a strong, impressive story,” Fin del mundo, written by Erik Moya, received a Special Mention for the Michoacán Short Film Screenplay Contest. El futuro, by Ernesto Martínez Bucio, received the Best Short Film Screenplay award for “an interesting reflection on pain and loss, and with good management of drama and tension.” Yo también, by Porfirio López Mendoza, won a Special Mention in the Michoacán Section “for a work that is a social metaphor of the violence that transmits the feeling of frustration and oppression among young people.” He said, “I thank FICM for taking our project, which since it deals with the theme of repression, perhaps might not have accepted it. I thank the festival which is not indifferent to these problems.” The award for the best work from the Michoacán Section went to Donde nunca morirás by Héctor Alexis Estrada, “for the possibility of seeing the cinematographic potential and the ability to work with different resources, with a story with themes that ranges from love to the social situation of the country.” Alexis Estrada said: “I want to thank my production team that has been patient with me, my parents, and God, and primarily I want to dedicate this award to journalism in Mexico, because I think something has to be done to stop so many injustices.”
In the Mexican Short Film Section, actress Claudia Ramírez presented the Best Online Mexican Short Film award to Donde nunca morirás, by Héctor Alexis Estrada. The Online Mexican Short Film Selection was comprised of 35 short films of the official selection. The films were available online free of charge throughout the world during the week of FICM and generated nearly 110,000 views and 6,293 votes from 92 countries. “For being a physical and violent film, which portrays the feeling of loss through a racial staging that captures the brutality of life,” the Renta Imagen Special Award went to Mila by Óscar Enríquez. The award for Best Animated Short Film went to Rebote by Nuria Menchaca, “for creating an inspiring and enriching poetic work in which the form and content evoke a network of multiple meanings that impact deeply.” Menchaca said, “I’m pleased that FICM also supports experimental animation, and I want to dedicate this short film to my grandfather, who took part in it and unfortunately died last May.” The award for Best Documentary Short Film went to El buzo, by Esteban Arrangoiz, “a portrait of a man and his work in society that finds beauty in the midst of darkness.” Arrangoiz said, “It is an honor to receive this award here in my native Michoacán. I thank FICM for accepting so many risky proposals. I also thank the CUEC because without their support and training this work would not exist. I dedicate this award to Julio, the diver, since he performs an altruistic job and risks his life every day.” In the Mexican Short Film Section, Bosnian Dream by Sergio Flores won the Best Fiction Short Film Award, “for its great maturity and simplicity, with a new look that without judging, portrays a woman who survives her daily life.” Flores said, “I live in Bosnia and for me to come to Mexico, with my people and to share my film, makes me extremely proud.” The jury of the Mexican Short Film Section was comprised of Diego Quemada-Díez, Iris Brey and Diana Bustamante.
Actor Tenoch Huerta delivered the awards for the Mexican Documentary Section. The Ambulante Special Award went to El Paso by Everardo González Reyes and to El hombre que vio demasiado, by Trisha Ziff. The award consists of both documentaries being part of the Ambulante Documentary Tour 2016. The award for Best Mexican Feature Length Documentary went to Los reyes del pueblo que no existe, by Betzabé García. This film also won the award for the Best Mexican Documentary Made by a Woman. Betzabé said, “I thank FICM a lot and this award is for the protagonists in the documentary, who live in a flooded village and continue to endure.” The jury was comprised of Nicolas Phillibert, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Lesli Klainberg.
The awards for the Mexican Feature Film Section were delivered by Eréndira Ibarra and Cecilia Suárez. The Public’s Award went to Almacenados, by Jack Zagha Kababie, who said that this film is dedicated to all young people who try to show how valuable we can all be and how important it is to fight for our dreams. The prize for Best Actress went to Jana Raluy, for her role in Un monstruo de mil cabezas by Rodrigo Plá, “for a gripping performance full of dignity and remarkable emotional control of a woman who falls into despair.” The award for Best Actor in a Mexican Feature went to Raúl Silva, for his performance in Yo by Matías Meyer, who was awarded “for his portrait of the complexity, nuances and depth that show the transformation and evolution of a character who enters a puzzling and isolated world.” Silva said: “I’m very happy to be here. This is my first role, my first film, my first festival and my first award. I thank everyone who told me during these days that the film and my character touched them.” The Jury Special Mention went to Te prometo anarquía, by Julio Hernández Cordón, “for considering it a raucous and vital film that vividly traces a complex and troubled relationship of youth’s underworld.” The award for Best First or Second Mexican Feature Film was for El placer es mío by Elisa Miller, “for exploring desire and dependency without concessions, such as a stifling sexual relationship.” The jury chose this film “for its bold direction and fresh look that leads the viewer to a brutally honest ending.” Upon receiving the award, Miller said: “I take this opportunity to express my desire that love, hope and peace return to Mexico.” The award for the Best Mexican Feature Film went to director Matías Meyer for his film Yo, “for the powerful building of a uniquely poetic world, that provides emotion while avoiding the intricacies of a psychological analysis, as well as its effective visual language.” Meyer said: “This is the third time that I’ve participated in FICM and the third time is the charm. This award is very important for the film, for my career, is I can continue making films which is a dream and what I like the most. I’m very grateful.” The jury for the Mexican Feature Section was comprised of Rasha Salti, Cristina Flutur, Rutger Wolfson, Wash Westmoreland and Laurent Cantet, who was president of the jury.
The ceremony ended with words of appreciation from Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Daniela Michel and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel to everyone involved in the festival, as well as the various directors and actors who were present throughout the week, and the jurors and special invited guests from different parts of Mexico and the world. “Your generous support, enormous effort and hard work made this thirteenth edition possible.”
The figures of the 13th FICM at the moment of the ceremony were: 500 screenings and more than 38,000 people. More than 700 works were registered to participate.