VLAFF 2013 FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

FIRST-TIME DIRECTORS COMPETITION

JURY MEMBERS:
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, President
Ciro Guerra
Carmen Aguirre
Lourdes Garcia

Best Film:

LA PLAYA D.C., Dir: Juan Andrés Arango
Colombia

''For the purity and power of its cinematographic language in portraying a Colombian reality.''

Honorable Mention:

CHOCÓ, Dir: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
Colombia

Jury Prize:

MELAZA, Dir: Carlos Lechuga
Cuba

AL JAZEERA DOCUMENTARY AWARD

JURY MEMBERS:

Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
Pedro Enrique Ortega Lang
Denis Paquette
Juanita Sundberg

Best Film:

LA REVOLUCIÓN DE LOS ALCATRACES, Dir: Luciana Kaplan
Mexico

“An extremely important subject: discrimination and marginalization of women and the lack of opportunity for indigenous people. A very strong and inspiring character, a heroine, simple yet complex – very resilient. Impressive cinematography and a strong story from beginning to end.”

Honorable Mention:

DON CA, Dir: Patricia Ayala Ruiz
Colombia
''A very strong character who made the unusual life change of going from more to less. Belonging to a family related to the ‘father of the country’ he wants to preserve a universe of stability in a world surrounded by the uncertainty of violence. He represents much of the Colombian mindset. His phrase, ‘Happiness is the distance between what you have and what you want’ is very wise.”

YOUTH JURY AWARD

JURY MEMBERS:
Omar Linares
Sonia Medel
Paloma Pacheco
Abbas Pardawalla
Ahmad Salaj
Milena Salazar
Nahannee-fé Schuitemaker
Luis Ernesto Doñas

Best Film:

CHOCÓ Dir: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
Colombia

''For its genuine and sensitive approach to a critical issue prominent in the life of the main character, Choco and the community in which she resides.''

Honorable Mention

SOLO, Dir: Guillermo Rocamora
Uruguay

''For its sobre and fragmented depiction of contemporary solitude.''

SHORT FILM COMPETITION

JURY MEMBERS:

Kaori Flores Yonekura
Christy Garland
Cristina Gallego

Best Film:

MARÍA, Dir: Monica Lairana
Argentina

''For its narrative economy, courageous choice of subject matter and cinematic treatment."

Honorable Mention:

LOS RETRATOS (PORTRAITS), Dir: Iván Gaona
Colombia

''A delightful, well-told story with lovely characters, good performance and comedic tone.''