Miami International Film Festival proudly announces this year’s MIAMI ENCUENTROS presented by John S. & James L. Knight Foundation finalists.

ENCUENTROS, now in its thirteenth year, is a program of the Festival’s Industry Center, VeoMiami.  ENCUENTROS consists of 5 feature films produced partially or entirely by Ibero-American-based production companies currently in post-production stage. The films are workshopped with industry professionals and a jury will grant one project with a $10,000 cash prize in completion financing.

This year’s Festival boasts an amazing selection of films and guests, showcasing works-in-progress from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

“We have been supporting the region thru this program for 13 years and the continuous growth on the quality of the productions never ceases to amaze us. Latin American cinema is in constant evolution,” said Miami International Film Festival senior programmer Andres Castillo.

The following projects will be competing for a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Knight Foundation. The winner will also receive a DCP Mastering Service package from Aracne Digital Cinema valued at $5,000:

  • Argentina:  EL PAMPERO, directed by Matias Luchessi, produced by Tarea Fina. A terminally ill man trying to escape his destiny has his plans disrupted by a runaway woman. The work-in-progress will be presented by producer Juan Pablo Miller from Tarea Fina.
  • Argentina:  NOBODY’S WATCHING (NADIE NOS MIRA), directed by Julia Solomonoff, produced by Cepa Audiovisual. The story of an Argentine actor trying to make it in New York City. The work-in-progress will be presented by producer Felicitas Raffo from Cepa Audiovisual.
  • Brazil: A MOVIE LIFE (O FILME DA MINHA VIDA), directed by Selton Mello, produced by Bananeira Films. Starring Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Mello, the film chronicles the journey of a young man who will discover the unexpected truth about his missing father. The work-in-progress will be presented by producer Vania Catani from Bananeira Films.
  • Chile: ATTITUDE TEST (PRUEBA DE CONDUCTA), directed by Augusto Matte and Fabrizio Copano, produced by Forastero. A comedy about a group of misbehaving teens steal the Chilean equivalent of SATs. The work-in-progress will be presented by producer Florencia Larrea from Forastero. (Larrea previously won the 2014 ENCUENTROS prize with AURORA by Rodrigo Sepúlveda).
  • Uruguay: THE CANDIDATE (EL CANDIDATO), directed by Daniel Hendler and produced by Cordon Films. A man weighing his options with regards to a career in politics. The work-in-progress will be presented by producer Micaela Solé from Cordon Films.

MIAMI ENCUENTROS JURY is comprised of three distinguished industry professionals:


Alfredo Calvino has worked at Cuba’s ICAIC, Brazil’s Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV and Mexico’s Latinofusion. In 2011, he founded Habanero Film Sales, a distribution, international sales and promotion company based in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, that represents films by Latin American Filmmakers with an special focus on Cuban independent cinema. His portfolio includes Alejandro Brugues’ Juan of the Dead (11) and this year’s Festival Official Selection The Companion (El acompañante) by Pavel Giroud. Among his upcoming projects are Carlos Lechugas’s Santa & Andres and Patricia Ramos’ El sueco.


Agathe Valentin joined Pyramide International as Head of Sales  in 2015, and manages the extensive company library which includes over 350 titles including by acclaimed directors such as Zviagintsev, Catherine Corsini, Patricio Guzman and Lucia Puenzo. With more than 10 years in the industry, Valentin previously worked at Wide Management and then as Head of Sales for Les Films du Losange, were she handled the sales of more than 40 titles including two  Palme d’Or winners, The White Ribbon and Amour.


Agustí Villaronga was born in Palma, Spain. He has directed numerous award-winning features, including In a Glass Cage (86), El niño de la luna (89), which competed at Cannes, and The Sea (00). Villaronga’s best-known work is Black Bread (11), which swept the Goya awards, including  Best Director. His latest work, The King of Havana (15), is a Festival Official Selection this year.

MIAMI ENCUENTROS runs from March 10-11, 2016. Click here for more information.


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A History of Successful Encuentros Projects


  • The Apostate (El Apóstata) – winner of 2015 MIAMI ENCUENTROS presented by Knight Foundation $10,000 cash prize
  • Aurora by Rodrigo Sepulveda (Chile)
  • Por Las Plumas (All About the Feathers) by Neto Villalobos (Costa Rica) – winner of 2013 ENCUENTROS $10,000 cash prize
  • Tanta agua by Ana Guevara y Leticia Jorge (Uruguay) – North American Premiere at 2013 Festival, Knight Ibero-American Competition Grand Jury Prize winner
  • 7 Virgins (7 virgenes) by Alberto Rodríguez (Spain) – Nominated for six Goya awards and winner of one; won Silver Seashell at San Sebastian 2005
  • Dog Eat Dog (Perro come perro) by Carlos Moreno (Colombia)
  • Gigante by Adrian Biniez (Uruguay / Argentina / Germany / Spain) – Winner of the Silver Bear Berlin 2009
  • Heartlift (Lifting de corazón) by Eliseo Subiela (Argentina) – Opening Night Film at Festival 2006
  • Holy Girl (La niña santa) by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina) – Screened at Festival 2005; Official Selection 2004 Cannes Film Festival
  • Lokas by Gonzalo Justiniano (Chile)
  • Madeinusa by Claudia Llosa (Peru) – Screened at Festival 2006; premiered at Sundance 2006
  • Rolling Family (Familia Rodante) by Pablo Trapero – Screened at Festival 2005
  • Satanas by Andi Baiz (Colombia) – World Premiere at Festival 2007
  • Septembers (Septiembres) by Carles Bosch (Spain) – World Premiere at Festival 2007