2012 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS:

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)

THE JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD:

  • 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