2016 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

L to R: Carlos Rosso of The Related Group, sponsor of the Awards Night Party; Yotuel Romero, star of THE COMPANION; Pavel Giroud, director of THE COMPANION; Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante; Lexus Southern Area Manager Chuck Dixson, presenter of the Audience Award.

L to R: Carlos Rosso of The Related Group, sponsor of the Awards Night Party; Yotuel Romero, star of THE COMPANION; Pavel Giroud, director of THE COMPANION; Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante; Lexus Southern Area Manager Chuck Dixson, presenter of the Audience Award.


LEXUS AUDIENCE AWARD – TIED
THE COMPANION, directed by Pavel Giroud
SPY TIME, directed by Javier Ruiz Calderon

LEXUS AUDIENCE FAVORITE SHORT AWARD
“Tracks” directed by Logan Sandler

KNIGHT COMPETITION – GRAND JURY PRIZE – $30,000
DHEEPAN, produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Jacques Audiard for Why Not Productions (France), distributed in the US by IFC Films

LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN FEATURE FILM – GRAND JURY PRIZE – $10,000
PAULINA (LA PATOTA), directed by Santiago Mitre for La Union de Los Rios Productions (Argentina)

Dolores Fonzi, star of PAULINA, accepting the Lexus Ibero American Feature Film Grand Jury Award. (Photo: Cristian Lazzari)

Dolores Fonzi, star of PAULINA, accepting the Lexus Ibero American Feature Film Grand Jury Award. (Photo: Cristian Lazzari)

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – as voted on by the public – $10,000
QUEEN OF THURSDAYS, produced by Jorge Alvarez, Orlando Rojas and Dennis Scholl

KNIGHT COMPETITION – BEST DIRECTOR AWARD – $5,000
Yorgos Lanthimos for THE LOBSTER (Ireland/Greece)

KNIGHT COMPETITION – BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD – $5,000
Zhao Tao in MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (China)

JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD – Best first-produced screenplay – $5,000
Lorenzo Vigas for FROM AFAR (Venezuela/Mexico)

QUEEN OF THURSDAYS director Orlando Rojas accepting the Knight Documentary Achievement Award with Rosario Suarez, the subject of the documentary. (Photo: Cristian Lazzari)

QUEEN OF THURSDAYS director Orlando Rojas accepting the Knight Documentary Achievement Award with Rosario Suarez, the subject of the documentary. (Photo: Cristian Lazzari)

GRAND JURY PRIZE BEST SHORT FILM – $2,500
“The Man of My Life” (France) by Melanie Delloye

ENCUENTROS PRESENTED BY KNIGHT FOUNDATION – post-production development prize – $10,000
THE CANDIDATE, produced by Micaela Sole and Daniel Hendler for Cordon Films (Uruguay)

MIAMI FILM 2016 PRESENTED BY THE RELATED GROUP – 3 prizes for Argentine films in development – $32,500
Diego Lerman for A SORT OF FAMILY
Gonzalo Tobal for DOLORES
Camilla Toker for THE DEATH OF MARGA MAIER

CINEMASLAM PRIZE for Best Miami Student Film
“I Want To Beat Up Clark Peters” by Joseph Picozzi (University of Miami’s School of Communications)