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Winners of the 11th Morelia International Film Festival

On Saturday, October 26, at the Teatro Ocampo, at 5 pm, the closing and award ceremony of the 11th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival was held. Festival directors Alejandro Ramírez, president, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president, and Daniela Michel, director, in addition to invited guests and a large number of the talent in competition attended the ceremony, which was conducted by actress Sophie Gómez.

The winners of the 11th FICM are listed below:

MICHOACÁN SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY CONTEST

  • Brujas, by Cristina Bustamante, won the Best Short Film Screenplay. The prize includes a diploma and 15,000 pesos given by Cinema Máquina.

MICHOACAN SECTION

  • Larga espera /It Releases Delay, by Julio Alberto Avila Díaz, won Special Mention, which includes a diploma.
  • Dr. Onco, by Yadira Arellano, won the I.SAT Special Award, which includes a diploma, a computer and an editing program.
  • The award for the Best Work from the Michoacán Section was given to Tiempos supermodernos /Supermodern Times, by Lubianca Durán. The prize includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a scholarship to attend the scriptwriting workshop Cine Qua Non Lab, a postproduction package for image for a short film in digital format donated by Cinema Máquina, and 75,000 pesos, given by the Morelia city government.

MEXICAN SHORT FILM SECTION

  • Jerusalén / Jerusalem, by Alicia Segovia Juárez, won the Studio 5 de Mayo Special Award. The prize includes a diploma and a package of three days of filming captured digitally on a Red One camera with primary HS lenses and personnel in charge of camera, moving and stationary, as well as insurance for the equipment.
  • La casa triste /The Sad House, by Sofía Carrillo, won the award for Best Animated Short Film. The prize includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a video camera Full HD NEX-VG30H with interchangeable lenses donated by Sony, a postproduction package for image and sound donated by New Art Digital, and 150,000 pesos sponsored by XX.
  • La banqueta / The Sidewalk, by Anaïs Pareto Onghena, received the award for Best Fiction Short Film. The prize includes the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a video camera Full HD NEX-VG30H with interchangeable lenses donated by Sony, a postproduction package for image and sound donated by New Art Digital, and 150,000 pesos sponsored by Coca Cola Light.

Because the Morelia International Film Festival is officially recognized by the U.S. Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, the winning short films in the categories of Fiction, Animation and Documentary can be considered to compete for an Oscar®.

MEXICAN DOCUMENTARY SECTION

  • Klic Award: Atempa, sueños a la orilla del río / Atempa, Dreams by the River, by Edson Caballero Trujillo, presented during “FICM in Your Home”.
  • Guerrero Press Award: Quebranto / Ruin, by Roberto Fiesco. The prize includes a diploma and a sculpture donated by the Network of Cinematographic Journalists.
  • B-boy, by Abraham Escobedo Salas, won Special Mention for Documentary Short Film, which includes a diploma.
  • Elevador / Elevator, by Adrián Ortiz Maciel, won Special Mention for a Feature Length Documentary, which includes a diploma.
  • Las montañas invisibles / The Invisible Mountains, by Ángel Linares, won the award for Best Documentary Short Film. The prize includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a video camera Full HD NEX-VG30H with interchangeable lenses donated by Sony, a postproduction package for image and sound donated by New Art Digital, and 150,000 pesos.
  • The Award for Best Documentary by a Woman, given by the Association of Women in Film and Television of Mexico, went to El cuarto desnudo, / The Naked Room by Nuria Ibáñez. The prize includes a diploma and the Muse, a sculpture created by Mexican artist Elena Somonte.
  • El cuarto desnudo / The Naked Room, by Nuria Ibáñez, won the award for Best Feature Length Documentary. The prize includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a postproduction package for image and sound donated by New Art Digital, and the “CANANA Digital Distribution” prize in Mexico. It will also be part of the 9th edition of the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival 2014 and receive 150,000 pesos from Fundación Televisa.

MEXICAN FEATURE FILM SECTION

  • Klic Award: La vida después / The Life After, by David Pablos, presented during “FICM in Your Home”.
  • Guerrero Press Award: La jaula de oro, by Diego Quemada-Diez. The prize includes a diploma and a sculpture donated by the Network of Cinematographic Journalists.
  • Best Actress in a Mexican Feature: Adriana Paz in Las horas muertas / The Empty Hours by Aarón Fernández. The prize includes a diploma.
  • Best Actor in a Mexican Feature: Harold Torres and Carlos Bardem in González by Christian Díaz Pardo. The prize includes a diploma.
  • Las horas muertas / The Empty Hours, by Aarón Fernández, won a Special Mention, which includes a diploma.
  • The Public’s Award, chosen by votes from the audience, was given to La jaula de oro, by Diego Quemada-Diez. The prize includes a diploma.
  • La jaula de oro, by Diego Quemada-Diez, won the award for Best First or Second Mexican Feature. The prize includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a DCP donated by New Art Digital, the “CANANA Digital Distribution” prize in Mexico, a Hermés director’s chair given by the Hermés Foundation and 150,000 donated by Cinépolis.
  • Workers, by José Luis Valle, won the award for Best Mexican Feature. The prize includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, 2,000 feet of 35mm film and a can of 35mm optical film donated by Kodak, a DCP donated by New Art Digital, the “CANANA Digital Distribution” prize in Mexico, and 150,000 donated by Cinépolis.

MORELIA LAB

  • Special Mention to the project A la sombra de los árboles by Gincarlo Nasi Cañas.
  • The IMCINE Award for project development, that includes $50,000 pesos for the best presentation by Mexican participants, was given to Ulises Pérez Mancilla for his project La edad del sol.
  • The Cinépolis Award for project development, that includes $50,000 pesos for the best presentation by Latin American participants, was given to Alejandro Tovar, from Cuba, for his project El extraordinario viaje de Celeste García.
  • The LCI Seguros Award, that includes a 50% discount in the acquisition of insurance while filming, applicable to the first 10 million pesos of the film’s budget, was given to Mayra Espinosa Castro, for her Argentine project, Yamaha 300.
  • The Labodigital Award, that includes 10 days in a THX sound studio and five days in a 2K digital color correction studio, was given to the Cuban project El extraordinario viaje de Celeste García, by Alejandro Tovar.
  • This year Morelia Lab is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Cinema in Development section of the Cinelatino Rencontres de Toulouse Festival. A Mexican project will receive an invitation to participate in the professional encounters in March 2014 and the French embassy in Mexico will be responsible for the airfare. The selected project is: Las tinieblas by Pablo Zimbrón.

Following the awards ceremony, The Counselor, by director Ridley Scott – the closing film of the 11th Morelia International Film Festival – was screened at the Cinépolis Morelia Centro.