Miami International Film Festival’s Knight Competition consists of dramatic works competing for $40,000 in prizes courtesy of James L. & John S. Knight Foundation.
Competing films are eligible for a $30,000 USD Knight Grand Jury Prize that will be split between the lead production company and the U.S. distributor of the film. If no U.S. distributor is secured before 30 days after the close of the Festival, then the full award will be made to the lead production company. The Grand Jury will also award two cash prizes of $5,000 totaling $10,000 in additional funds, one for Best Director and one for Best Performance.
LATEST U.S. DISTRIBUTION DEALS FOR FESTIVAL GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
Internationally-awarded debut feature, A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da porta), by Fernando Coimbra was the Grand Prize winner at the 31st edition of the Festival, and its US distribution was secured by Paul Hudson from Outsider Pictures. The film will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles either in late-Fall or early in 2015, and will then play art-houses across the country. The prize allowed for a “test release” of the film in Miami over the summer garnering positive results, giving Outsider Pictures the confidence to push for a wider release. Coimbra also took home the Festival’s $5,000 Best Director Award.
Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s debut film Tanta agua (So Much Water), Grand Prize winner of the Knight Ibero-American Competition at the 30th Miami International Film Festival, locked a North American distribution deal with the New York-based company Film Movement.
The second feature film directed by Cristián Jiménez, Bonsaí was the big winner at the 2012 Festival, winning the $30,000 Grand Prize sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. U.S. distribution was secured by Strand Releasing. Jiménez also took home the Festival’s $5,000 Jordan A. Ressler Screenwriting Award.