Knight MARIMBAS Award

The $40,000 Knight MARIMBAS Award* is Miami Film Festival’s top award, presenting $40,000 cash to the jury-selected feature film (60 min or longer) that best exemplifies richness and resonance for cinema’s future. The cash prize will go to the lead producer (production company), but is eligible to be split with a US distributor, if there is a US company that has made a commitment to release the winning film in US theaters prior to a VOD release. The Award is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

2019 Winner: BIRDS OF PASSAGE

*A marimba is a variation of a xylophone that produces a deeper, richer and more resonant tone that a traditional xylophone. The marimba originated in Guatemala and Central America approximately 400 years ago and remains popular to this day in a wide variety of musical disciplines. The name of Miami Film Festival’s top award is inspired by the 2011 winner of the Festival’s top award, Julio Hernandez Cordon’s Marimbas from Hell, which embodies the spirit of forward-looking cinema.

Past Winners:

2019 | Best Film: BIRDS OF PASSAGE – Ciudad Lunar Productions of Colombia and The Orchard (US distributor)

2018
 | Best Film: A SORT OF FAMILY (UNA ESPECIE DE FAMILIA) by Diego Lerman

2017
 | Best Film: FAMILY LIFE (VIDA DE FAMILIA) by Cristian Jimenez and Alicia Scherson

2016
 | Best Film: DHEEPAN by Pascal Caucheteux and Jacques Audiard

2015
 | Best Film: THE OBSCURE SPRING (LAS OSCURAS PRIMAVERAS) by Luis Albores, Erika Avila, Carlos Mesa and Armon O’Farrill

2014
 | Best Film: A WOLF AT THE DOOR by Fernando Coimbra