2020 Award Winners

Cash awards totaling more than $150,000 are given in competition categories.

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KNIGHT MARIMBAS AWARD

WINNER: La Llorona, directed by Jayro Bustamante, lead produced by La Casa de Produccíon of Guatemala in co-production with Mexico, and distributed in the US by Shudder.

KNIGHT MADE IN MIA AWARD

FEATURE WINNER: When Liberty Burns directed by Dudley Alexis

SHORT WINNER: “T” directed byKeisha Rae Witherspoon

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM AWARD

WINNER: “Pick”, directed by Alicia Harris

HBO IBERO- AMERICAN FEATURE FILM AWARD

WINNER: Los Lobos, lead produced by Animal de Luz Films of Mexico and directed by Samuel Kishi.

HBO IBERO-AMERICAN SHORT FILM AWARD

WINNER: Ingride Santos for “Beef”

JORDAN RESSLER FIRST FEATURE AWARD

WINNER: Gonzalo Maza for his directorial debut, This is Cristina (Ella es Cristina).

TOYOTA DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM AUDIENCE AWARD

WINNER: Magnolia Pictures’ The Fight, depicting the struggles of a quartet of ACLU lawyers as they work on hot-button issues of our times, directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres.

ALACRAN MUSIC IN FILM AWARD

WINNER: Nicolas Jaar for Pablo Larrain’s Ema

ZENO MOUNTAIN AWARD

WINNER: Netflix and Higher Ground’s Crip Campdirected by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht.

OOLITE ARTS MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL TRAILER AWARD

WINNER: Hands Up Paris for their trailer for Ema

OOLITE ARTS MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL POSTER DESIGN AWARD

WINNER:Daniel González Sánchez of Buena Suerte studio in Santiago, Chile for his design for Ema.

RENE RODRIGUEZ CRITICS AWARD

WINNER: Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’s White Lie

TOYOTA NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AUDIENCE AWARD

WINNER: 90 Minutes, directed by Aeden O’Connor Agurcia

TOYOTA SHORT FILM AUDIENCE AWARD

WINNER: “Endure The Suck”,directed by Isaac Mead-Long

WOLFSON CINEMASLAM COMPETITION

Winners

Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation CinemaSlam Competition awarded $7,500 to “Celestial” by Bruklyn Miller from the New York Film Academy, Miami Beach for Best Film. Four runner-ups received $5,000 each: Sam Wilder’s “Caretaker” (University of Miami), Megan Tran’s “Dessert”(New World School of the Arts),  Ashley De Grandy’s “Metanoia” (Miami Dade College), and Cathleen Dean’s “Wade in the Water: Drowning in Racism” (University of Miami).  Eight work-in-progress projects that plan to make use of archival material from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Media Center to support their content were awarded grants of $1,875 each toward the completion of their projects.