12th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival Winners Announced
The HBO New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented its 2011 awards at a ceremony on Sunday August 21. NYILFF presented over 100 features, documentaries and short films in English and Spanish, reflecting America’s cultural diversity as well as the global urban experience.
2011 NYILFF Winners
AARON BURNS for BLACKTINO
NEW YORK PREMIERE/ 90 MIN
Director/Writer: Aaron Burns
Producers: Elizabeth Avelln, Aaron Burns, Sandra Condito, Andy Kleinman, Carlos Rincones
Cast: Dona Dye, Jeff Fahey, Austin Marshall, Devyn Raye, Michelle Rodriguez, Tiger Sheu, Danny Trejo
A coming of age story reflective of our cynical times, Blacktino gives an honest — and hilarious — depiction of high school life as seen through the imaginative eyes of a bi-racial computer nerd. Presented by HBO. Winner receives $1,000 and an Avid Media Composer 5.5 worth $2,295. Judges Statement: This year’s festival was especially strong. All the films were directed beautifully. The jury has chosen this year’s best director because of his unique voice and execution of a quirky yet evocative story. Films that make us laugh rarely get recognized during award ceremonies. We want to make sure that we encourage filmmakers to explore their unique voice no matter how serious, funny, scary, or quirky it is. We present this year’s award for best director to Aaron Burns for Blacktino.
BEST U.S. FEATURE FILM:
MARIA MY LOVE 99 MIN.
Director/Writer: Jasmine McGlade Chazelle
Producers: Jasmine McGlade Chazelle, Jennifer Glynn, Tiana Matthews
Cast: Karen Black, Lauren Fales, Judy Marte, Brian Reiger
Reeling from her mother’s death, and filled with resentment over her father’s mistakes, Ana feels disconnected from everyone around her – and herself. As she finds an unlikely friend and confidante, Ana finds herself in an emotionally complex relationship that reveals some uncomfortable truths about herself as well. Presented by HBO. Winner receives $1,000 and an Avid Media Composer 5.5 worth $2,295.
EL EDIFICIO DE LOS CHILENOS (THE CHILEAN BUILDING) 96 Min/CHILE
Director: Macarena Aguil Marchi , Susana Foxley
At the end of the 1970’s, the militants of MIR, exiled in Europe, decided to return to Chile in order to support the fight against the Pinochet dictatorship. Many had children they were forced to leave behind. It was then that the idea of a community center to shelter these children was born. Project Home gathered 60 kids who were left in the care of people who assumed the responsibility of their upbringing for years to come. This is their remarkable story. Presented by CNN. Winner receives $1,000. Judges Statement: On behalf of the 2011 Documentary Jury at the New York International Latino Film Festival, congratulations all the filmmakers for their tremendous accomplishments! We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the Best Documentary Award goes to “The Chilean Building” (El Edificio de los Chilenos), directed by Macarena Aguilo and Susana Foxley. This remarkable film, about children left in communal care overseas while their militant parents fought against the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, impressed us with its meticulous research and fascinating, informative interviews. “The Chilean Building” brings heartfelt, personal and political characters from the historical world to life onscreen, and makes a significant contribution to the historical record. We all thought about the film long after it ended and we look forward to seeing more films by these gifted filmmakers in the future.
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM:
(EL REGRESO) THE RETURN
WORLD PREMIERE/COSTA RICA/90 MIN
Director/Writer: Hernan Jimenez
Producers: Manuel Granda, Hernan Jimenez and Amanda Pham
Cast: Andre Boxwill, Luis Fernando Gomez, Barbara Jimenez, Hernan Jimenez
After a decade of living in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to his native Costa Rica for a short visit. When events force him to stay, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past. Presented by El Diario-La Prensa. Winner receives $1,000.
LA DUCHA (THE SHOWER) 10 Min/CHILE
Director: Maria Jose San Martin
Elisa and Manuela have lived together for five years, but now they must separate. On their last morning together, they will pass through emotions of love, anger, guilt, joy and punishment, as they try to capture the last fragments of their relationship before it dissolves forever. Presented by Sprint. Winner receives $1,000. Judges Statement: It’s hard to deny the power of La Ducha, directed by Maria Jose San Martin. In one complete shot the story about the end of a relationship had us spellbound. Because of the film’s clear and precise direction shot all in one room executed by phenomenal actors, La Ducha exceeded as the best short film—hands down.
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