Miami International Film Festival 2015 Awards


KNIGHT COMPETITION: Knight Grand Jury Prize: The Obscure Spring (Las oscuras primaveras)(Mexico), produced by Luis Albores, Erika Avila, Carlos Mesa and Armon O’Farrill; Grand Jury Award Best Performance: Cecilia Suarez, Jose Maria Yazpik and the entire cast of The Obscure Spring (Las oscuras primaveras) (Mexico); Grand Jury Award Best Director: Abner Benaim for Invasion (Invasión) (Panama / Argentina)


Knight Foundation VP of Arts Dennis Scholl, The Obscure Spring poster; Instituto Cultural de México en Miami director Nayeli Damián accepts two Grand Jury awards for The Obscure Spring


Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival 2015 Award Winners

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: (selected by the Festival audience): Tea Time (La once) (Chile / USA), directed by Maite Alberdi

LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN OPERA PRIMA COMPETITION: In the Grayscale (En las gamas de gris) (Chile), directed by Claudio Marcone

Writer, producer, director Phil Lord; producer Luis Cifuentes accepting award for In the Grayscale

Writer, producer, director Phil Lord; producer Luis Cifuentes accepting award for In the Grayscale

JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD: Theeb (Jordan / Qatar / United Arab Emirates / United Kingdom), written by Naji Abu Nowar and Bassel Ghandour

PARK GROVE SHORTS COMPETITION: Best Short Film: “Young Lions of Gypsy” (“A Ciambra”) (Italy/France), directed by Jonas Carpignano: Honorable Mentions: “A Tree In The Sea” (United Arab Emirates), directed by Shahir Zag; and Alba Baptista for her performance in Simão Cayatte’s “Miami” (Portugal)

MIAMI ENCUENTROS presented by Knight Foundation: The Apostate (El apóstata) (Spain / France / Uruguay), produced by Guadalupe Balaguer Trelles, Fernando Franco, and Federico Veiroj; directed by Federico Veiroj

Kamikaze director Álex Pina and Lexus vehicle operations manager Marcus Williams

Kamikaze director Álex Pina and Lexus vehicle operations manager Marcus Williams

LEXUS AUDIENCE AWARD: Favorite Feature Film: Kamikaze (Spain), directed by Álex Pina; Favorite Short Film: “Young Lions of Gypsy” (“A ciambra”) (Italy), directed by Jonas Carpignano

Award Categories

Miami International Film Festival proudly announces 5 competition categories for its 32nd edition in 2015.

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 Achievement Award 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.

The Knight Documentary Achievement Award is open to all documentaries in the Festival’s official selection, across all programs, that are at a minimum of 50 minutes in length. This audience-voted achievement award consists of $10,000 cash, courtesy of the James L. & John S. Knight Foundation, awarded to the film’s lead production company. Final scores are tabulated by an algorithm of both audience enthusiasm and audience participation in the voting process, so that attendance at the screening and active voting (one ballot per attendee allowed) is just as important as the average ballot score from each screening (films are rated on a scale of 1 – 5).

In the Festival’s Lexus Opera Prima Ibero-American Competition, first-time feature filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal will compete for a cash prize of $10,000 USD.

First-time screenwriters are eligible for a $5,000 USD cash prize, courtesy of the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund. This special award recognizes and supports artists in their careers as professional screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys.

Luxury developers Terra Group and The Related Group are sponsors of MiamiFF32’s Park Grove Shorts Competition in the name of their upcoming Park Grove condominium partnership. The Park Grove Shorts Competition will present a winning short filmmaker with a $2,500 cash prize.

ALL films are eligible to compete for MiamiFF32’s Lexus Audience Awards; one will be awarded for Best Feature and another for Best Short.