MIFF 2011 AWARD WINNERS

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KNIGHT FOUNDATION IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION:

  • Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: Marimbas From Hell (Las marimbas del infierno) by Julio Hernández Cordón (Guatemala/France/Mexico)—a $20,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

  • Honorable Mention: Half of Oscar (La mitad de Óscar) by Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spain/Cuba)


KNIGHT FOUNDATION WORLD COMPETITION:

  • Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: The Piano in a Factory (Gang de qin) by Zhang Meng (China)—a $20,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

  • Honorable Mention: Intimate Grammar (Hadikduk Hapnimi) by Nir Bergman (Israel)


KNIGHT FOUNDATION DOX COMPETITION:

  • Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: The Interrupters by Steve James (USA)—a $10,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

  • Honorable Mention: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front by Marshall Curry (USA)  


UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SHORTS COMPETITION:

  • University of Miami Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film: Blokes (Blockes) by Marialy Rivas (Chile)—a $2,500 USD cash prize awarded by the University of Miami

  • Honorable Mention: Yuri Lennon’s Landing on Alpha46 by Anthony Vouardoux (Switzerland/Germany)  LINK:


JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD:

This special award recognizes and supports artists in their careers as professional screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys. He died in a tragic hiking accident while traveling in Nicaragua at age 23, before he realized his dream. This Grand Jury Prize in the amount of $5,000 USD will be awarded to a screenwriter or screenwriters of a feature film in the Ibero-American Competition by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

  • The husband-and-wife directing and screenwriting team of Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán of Jean Gentila $5,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund; open to films in the Ibero-American Competition


MIAMI BEACH VISITOR & CONVENTION AUTHORITY INNOVATION IN INDUSTRY AWARD:

  • The Greatest Movie Ever Sold by Morgan Spurlock (USA)—sponsored by the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority


VENEMOVIES AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST FEATURE FILM:

  • Hamill by Oren Kaplan (USA)


VENEMOVIES AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST SHORT FILM:

  • Yuri Lennon’s Landing on Alpha46 by Anthony Vouardoux (Switzerland/Germany)


FLORIDA FOCUS COMPETITION: CINEMASLAM for COLLEGE filmmakers in Miami

  • Winner: Augustus by Bobby Douge of Miami International University of Art & Design

  • Honorable Mention: Nurse Interrupted by Lara Fuchsbrauner of Miami International University of Art & Design


FLORIDA FOCUS COMPETITION: MIAMI COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS for HIGH SCHOOL filmmakers in Miami

  • Winner (Short): Homelessness: Just Look Around by Kasey Gonzalez, Emily Galvez and Lauren Thermes, South Dade Senior High

  • Winner (PSA): The Road to Ruin, by Eric Flemons, University School of NSU  FILM:


LEXUS PURSUIT OF PERFECTION AWARD

  • Celebrating a successful Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), guests gathered for the Closing Night Gala at the Historic Moore Building where the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award was presented to Academy Award Nominated Actor, Director, and Producer Andy Garcia, as well as Writer, Director Aaron Salgado and Writer, Producer Jaydee Freixas for their creative contribution to the filmmaking community. Most recently the three collaborated on the highly anticipated film Magic City Memoirs, which held its world premiere at at MIFF.