Rene Rodriguez Critics Award


Rene Rodriguez was the film critic for Miami Herald from 1995 to 2017.  In his 22 years of reviewing films and covering the film scene in Miami, he amassed a body of critical work that established him as a national authority, and a crucial voice for Miami, in shaping American views on cinema.

In the early days of Miami Film Festival, his predecessor on the film beat at Miami Herald, Bill Cosford, would often contribute notes to the Film Festival program under the many-entendre notice “You Must Remember This”.  In 2012, as the Festival celebrated its 29th edition, Rodriguez picked up that tradition with an all-new essay on the Festival’s history and direction as it neared the end of its third decade.

Read the full article HERE.

In honor of his ongoing contributions to the art and discourse of cinema, Miami Film Festival established a permanent annual award in Rodriguez’s honor in 2017.  Each year, all critics covering the annual Festival will be invited to cast their vote for the film they consider to be the best of that year’s selection, and present the winning filmmaker with the Award at the conclusion of each year’s event.

This year, Rodriguez will announce the winning film in person at the Festival’s Awards Night ceremony on Saturday, March 17th at the Olympia Theater, part of the CINEDWNTWN program presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority. The Festival’s closing night selection, the International premiere of the smash hit Spanish comedy Holy Goalie!, will screen after the ceremony.

 Rene Rodriguez Critics Award Jury 2018

Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

Allison Hazlett FlickDirect

Alfred SotoHumanizing The Vacuum

Carlos deVillalvillaCinema365

Dave Montalbano alias “Cinema Dave” – Observer Newspaper

Dwight CasimereThe Times Weekly Chicago


Gisela Savdie – and El Heraldo

Hans Morgenstern Independent Ethos

Hernando OlivaresEl Sentinel /The Sun Sentinel and Radio Caracol

Joanne Butcher – Cinesource Magazine

Juan BarquinDim the House Lights & Miami New Times

Mayra Blanco-MartinezConexiones Magazine

Michelle F. Solomon and Artburst Miami


Ruben Peralta Rigaud –

Rubén Rosario