2019 MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
Check out the winners of MDC’s 36th Annual Miami Film Festival:
$40,000 Knight Made in MIA Award
Feature: PAHOKEE – Directed by Ivette Lucas and Patrick Bresnan
Short: LIBERTY – Directed by Faren Humes | SIX DEGREES OF IMMIGRATION – Directed by Jayme Gershen
JURY: Victoria Rogers, Xander Robin and Valerie Brooks.
$5,000 IMDbPro Short Film Award
THE ORPHAN – Directed by Carolina Markowicz
JURY: Keith Simanton, Christine Archilla, April Dobbins, Adam Dunshee, Miachel Fass, Myriam Grad, Fiona Green, Luis Hernandez, Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Man Kit, Juan Lazzaros, Ileana Oroza, Donald Papy, Hal Prewitt, Ronnie Rivera, Kevin Sharpley, Lisa Sloat, Jose-Antonio Valencia, Dudley Alexis, Samuel Albis, David Borenstein, and Margaret Cardillo
$10,000 HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
FIREFLIES – Directed by Bani Khoshnoudi. Lead produced by Pensée Sauvage and Zensky Cine of Mexico.
JURY: Paz Fabrega, Rubén Peralta Rigaud and Leslie Cohen.
$5,000 HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award
THIS IS YOUR CUBA – Directed by Brian Robau
$10,000 Documentary Achievement Award
MAGIC CITY HUSTLE – Directed by Billy Corben. Produced by Miami-based company Rakontur.
Audience Award for Best Feature
SCREWBALL – Directed by Billy Corben. Produced by Miami-based company Rakontur.
Audience Award for Best Short
THE RAFTER – Directed by Jose Navas
Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation Best Student Film Using Archival Footage From Wolfson Archives ($5,000 cash prize) – HAPPY TO BE NAPPY, d. Xiao Che
Wolfson Cinemaslam Champion ($500 cash Sara Fuller Scholarship from FilmFlorida) – CHESS, d. Alejandro Gonzalez Valdés
Wolfson Cinemaslam Best Director – Andrew García, THE SKIN OF YESTERDAY
Wolfson Cinemaslam Best Actor – Andrés Nicolás Chavez, THE SKIN OF YESTERDAY
Wolfson Cinemaslam Best Actress – Paulina Gálvez, ESCAPÉ
Wolfson Cinemaslam Best Writing – Alejandro Gonzalez Valdés, CHESS
Wolfson Cinemaslam Best Technical Achievement – THE CHASE, d. Chantal Gabriel
Wolfson Cinemaslam Works-in-Progress Grants for Films That Will Contain Archival Footage From Wolfson Archives: CAN OF BEANS (Miami International University of Art & Design, D. Paul Alvarado, Roberto Tula), IN HUMAN KIND (Miami Dade College, D. Juancho Rodriguez), LONELY IS THE NIGHT (Miami Dade College, D. Gian Luca Laplume), SAL AND VINNY (Florida International University, D. Lucia Plaza), CELESTIAL (New York Film Academy – South Beach, D. Bruklyn Miller), WADE IN THE WATER: DROWNING IN RACISM (University of Miami, D. Cathleen Dean)