MIFF 2012 AWARD WINNERS

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KNIGHT IBERO-AMERICANCOMPETITION AWARD:

  • Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: Bonsái by Cristián Jiménez (Chile, Argentina, Portugal, France, 2011)
    A $30,000 USD cash prize awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which will be split with US distributor Strand Releasing
     
  • Grand Jury Discretionary Prize: Blood of My Blood (Sangue do meu Sangue) by João Canijo (Portugal, 2011)
    A $5,000 USD cash prize awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
     
  • Grand Jury Discretionary Prize: Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se fue a los cielos) by Andrés Wood (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, 2011)
    A $5,000 USD cash prize awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:

  • Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: The Imposter by Bart Layton (United Kingdom, 2011)
    A $10,000 USD cash prize awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
     
  • Honorable Mention: Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias & Benjamin Murray (USA, 2011)
    Honorable Mention: The Strawberry Tree (El árbol de las fresas) by Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Canada, 2011)

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.

  • Bonsái by Cristián Jiménez (Argentina, Portugal, France, 2011) based on the novel by Alejandro Zambra
    A $5,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund; open to films in the Knight Ibero-American Competition

LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN OPERA PRIMA COMPETITION AWARD:

  • Expiration Date (Fecha de caducidad) by Kenya Márquez (Mexico, 2011)
    A $5,000 USD cash prize sponsored by Lexus, official automotive sponsor of MIFF

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SHORTS COMPETITION:

  • University of Miami Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film: Catharsis by Cédric Prévost (France, 2011)
    A $2,500 USD cash prize awarded by the University of Miami
     
  • LEXUS AUDIENCE AWARD
    Juan of the Dead (Juan de los muertos) by Alejandro Brugués, the first Cuban zombie comedy satirizing life in post-revolution Cuba, was the grand winner of the Lexus Audience Award, voted on by festivalgoers throughout the Festival.

2012 CINEMASLAM WINNERS

  • CINEMASLAM CHAMPION 
    Oliver, by Tatiana Ordonez
    Miami International University
     
  • BEST DIRECTOR
    Luis Aquino for his film Gray
    Miami International University
     
  • BEST ACTOR
    Michael C. Nouri in Gray by Luis Aquino
    Miami International University
     
  • BEST ACTRESS
    Elvire Emmanuele in Language of Love
    by Shane Kinsler
    University of Miami
     
  • BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
    Gray, by Luis Aquino
    Miami International University
     
  • BEST EXPERIMENTAL
    Behind the Green Door, by Robert Colom
    Florida International University
     
  • BEST DRAMA
    Lake Laguson, by Alberto Hernandez
    Miami Dade College
     
  • BEST ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Language of Love, by Shane Kinsler
    University of Miami


2012 AWARDS DESIGNED BY THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS:

KNIGHT IBERO-AMERICAN AWARDS (3)

DESIGNED BY PABLO CANO

Ibero Award

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1961, Pablo Cano was on the last flight out of the country before the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. He has since been a resident of Miami’s Little Havana, and is regarded by art patrons and critics alike as one of Florida’s premier contemporary fine artists. 

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY AWARD

“MAKING WAVES”, DESIGNED BY WENDY WISCHER

WENDY WISCHER

Wendy Wischer received an MFA from Florida State University and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She creates conceptually and formally based work in a variety of media from sculptural objects, to site-specific installations, video and public works.  She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant, the South Florida Consortium Grant, the Individual Artist Fellowship, the Artist Enhancement Grant, the New Forms Grant and the Alberta Prize for Visual Art. Wischer has exhibited nationally with solo exhibitions in Florida, New York, California and Minnesota and internationally in collective exhibitions in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Israel and Italy.  

Artist’s statement: “Making Waves” is made of cast and manipulated clear acrylic mounted on brushed aluminum.  The piece focuses on the notion that making waves is in essence, what documentaries do.  The clear material makes a nod to seeing through to the bottom, or truth of a matter.  At the same time, the piece references the beautiful waters that surround Miami.

JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD

DESIGNED BY RALPH PROVISERO

RALPH PROVISERO

Ralph Provisero is a Miami native.  He attended South Miami Senior High and studied design and illustration at Parsons’ New School in New York City, then music and art at New World School of the Arts, and earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Master’s degree from University of Miami.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is currently represented at the Dorsch Gallery. 

Artist’s statement: “The award I designed for the outstanding screenwriter is an abstracted image of a quill pen on top of a cylinder. The cylinder could represent an ink bottle or just a flat surface.  The pen is a primary mode of communication and one I relate to as an artist. Without it the typewriter, computer, and camera, all the things used by the screenwriter and film crew may not have been designed.  I would like to thank the Miami International Film Festival for choosing me to represent them, and my congratulations and best wishes to (Cristián Jiménez), the winner of the 2012 Screenwriters Award.”

CINEMASLAM CHAMPION AWARD

DESIGNED BY ROBERT MCKNIGHT

Cinema Award