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Congratulations to the 12th FICM Winners!

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) ended its official activities with an awards ceremony at the Teatro Ocampo. Festival directors Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, president, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president, and Daniela Michel, general director, in addition to invited guests and a large number of the talent in competition, attended the ceremony, conducted by actress Johanna Murillo. The awards were given by Amparo Barcia, Carlos Bardem, Ilse Salas, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Pawel Pawlikowski.

Cash awards of the 12th edition of the festival added up to a total of 1,380,000 pesos, in addition to a total of $2,780,000 pesos in awards in kind.

The Joaquín Rodríguez press award was given by his colleagues to Leonardo García Tsao.

The Morelia LAB Doc 2014 brought together 14 producers from nine countries, who for seven days worked work side by side with professional experts in the development of their projects.

The jury of the final project presentation, consisting of Abril Alzaga, Angélica Ramírez and Ignacio Agüero, decided to give the awards of the Lab in the following manner:

  • The IMCINE Award for project development, that includes 50,000 pesos for the best presentation by Mexican participants, was given to: Aarón Acosta, for his project Amateur.
  • The CINEPOLIS Award for project development, that includes 50,000 pesos for the best presentation by Latin American participants, was given to Juan Carlos Marystany, from Argentina, for his project El ángel gris.
  • The LCI Seguros Award, that includes a 50% discount in the acquisition of insurance while filming, was given to the Colombian project La noche oscura del alma, by Augusto Sandino.
  • The Labodigital Award, that includes the DCP package with a duration of 100 minutes, was given to the project Mientras se espera, by Paola Villanueva.
  • The EFD Award, that includes a package of four days of filming with a Red One camera, with a mobile and plant generator, was given to La noche oscura del alma, by Augusto Sandino.

The winners of the 12th FICM are the following:

  1. Michoacán Short Film Screenplay Contest
  • Best Screenplay for Aprendiz, written by David Sánchez Zacarías

The award includes a diploma, a tablet donated by YouTube, and 30,000 pesos donated by Cinema Máquina.

  1. Michoacán Section
  • SAT Special Award: Nunca regreses /Never Come Back by José Leonardo Díaz Vega

The award includes a diploma, a Mac computer, and 4,000 pesos in credit to download a video editing program.

  • Best Work from the Michoacán Section: Nunca regreses /Never Come Back, by José Leonardo Díaz Vega

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a post-production package for image for short film in digital format donated by Cinema Máquina, and 100,000 pesos donated by the city of Morelia.

  1. Mexican Short Film Section
  • Best Online Mexican Short Film: Historias by Ana Ireri Campos Estrada

The award includes a diploma, a tablet donated by YouTube, a one-year distribution prize given by La Ñora Distribuye and 50,000 pesos donated by I.SAT television channel.

  • Special Mention: Nunca regreses /Never Come Back by José Leonardo Díaz Vega

The award consists of a diploma.

  • Studio 5 de Mayo Special Award: De hombres y bestias /Of Men and Beasts by Irving Uribe

The award 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 the camera, moving and stationary, as well as insurance for the equipment.

  • Best Animated Short Film: 9:30 am by Alfonso de la Cruz

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a post-production package of image and sound donated by New Art, HP Z620 Workstation equipment and 200,000 pesos.

  • Best Fiction Short Film: Ramona by Giovanna Zacarías

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a post-production package of image and sound donated by New Art, and 200,000 pesos donated 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

  • Guerrero Press Award for Best Mexican Feature Length Documentary: La danza del hipocampo /The Dance of Memory by Gabriela D. Ruvalcaba

The award includes a diploma and a sculpture donated by the Network of Cinematographic Journalists

  • Best Mexican Documentary Made by a Woman, given by the Association of Women in Film and Television of Mexico: Equilibrio y Resistencia /Bering. Balance and Resistance by Lourdes Grobet

The award includes a diploma and the Muse, a sculpture created by Mexican artist Elena Somonte.

  • Special Mention for Documentary Short Film: El hombre de maíz /Men of Maize by Irving Mondragón

The award includes a diploma.

  • Special Mention for Feature Length Documentary: Sporen (Huellas) /Traces by Diego Gutiérrez and Danniel Danniel.

The award includes a diploma.

  • Special Mention for Feature Length Documentary: La danza del hipocampo /The Dance of Memory by Gabriela D. Ruvalcaba

The award includes a diploma.

  • Best Documentary Short Film: El sudor de la agonía /The Wear of Agony by Mariano Rentería Garnica

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a post-production package of image and sound donated by New Art and 200,000 pesos.

  • Best Feature Length Documentary: Matria, de Fernando Llanos.

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a post-production package of image and sound donated by New Art, be part of the 10th edition of the Ambulante Documentary Tour 2015 and 200,000 pesos from Fundación Televisa.

  1. Mexican Feature Film Section
  • Guerrero Award for Best Mexican Feature Film: Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios

The award includes a diploma and a sculpture donated by the Network of Cinematographic Journalists.

  • Best Actress in a Mexican feature film: Verónica Langer for her role in Hilda by Andrés Clariond Rangel.

The award includes a diploma and the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín.

  • Best Actor in a Mexican Feature Film: Tenoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre and Leonardo Ortizgris for their role in Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios

The award includes a diploma and the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín.

  • Special Mention: Dólares de arena /Sand Dollars by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán

The award includes a diploma.

  • The Public’s Award (chosen by votes from the audience): Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios

The award includes a diploma.

  • Best First or Second Mexican Feature Film: Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios.

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a special award from Estudios Churubusco, services of up to 900,000 pesos and 200,000 pesos donated by HBO Latin America.

  • Best Mexican Feature Film: Carmín Tropical by Rigoberto Perezcano

The award includes a diploma, the Eye sculpture, designed especially for the festival by distinguished Michoacán artist Javier Marín, a tablet donated by YouTube, a special award from Estudios Churubusco, services of up to 900,000 pesos and 200,000 pesos donated by Cinépolis.

Following the awards ceremony, the film El ardor /The Ardor, directed by Pablo Fendrik, was screened at a gala of the 12th Morelia International Film Festival at Cinépolis Morelia Centro.

The activities of the festival will continue with screenings on Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26. Like every year, after the Morelia film festival, the Best of FICM will be in Mexico City from October 30 to November 9 in the following venues: Cinépolis, Cinteca Nacional, Centro Cultural Universitario, CENART, Cine Tonalá and two open air screenings.