Best Fiction Film:
 (Manuel Nieto Zas, Uruguay)

Best Documentary Film:
CAFÉ  (Hatuey Viveros, Mexico)

Best Director, Feature Film:
Gustavo Fontán , EL ROSTRO / THE FACE (Argentina)

Best Director, Documentary Film:
Camila José Donoso and Nicolás Videla , NAOMI CAMPBEL (Chile)

Best First Film:
 (Sebastián Sepúlveda, Chile)

Best U.S. Latino Film:
LAS MARTHAS (Cristina Ibarra)

The winners of the 5th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards were announced on Wednesday, January 20, 2015 at a special ceremony at the 15th Floor Conference Center of The New York Times headquarters in New York City. 



The Cinema Tropical Awards are presented in partnership with The New York Times Company Latino Network, the Museum of the Moving Image and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers; Media sponsor: Remezcla. Special thanks to Fabián Caballero and Mara Behrens.



Best Fiction Film

• HELI (Amat Escalante, Mexico/Netherlands/Germany/France, 2013) 
• EL LUGAR DEL HIJO / THE MILITANT (Manuel Nieto Zas, Uruguay/Argentina, 2013)
• EL ROSTRO / THE FACE (Gustavo Fontán, Argentina, 2013)
• HISTORIA DEL MIEDO / HISTORY OF FEAR (Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina/France/Germany/Uruguay, 2014)
• LAS NIÑAS QUISPE / THE QUISPE GIRLS (Sebastián Sepúlveda, Chile, 2013)

Best Director, Fiction Film

• Manuel Nieto Zas, EL LUGAR DEL HIJO / THE MILITANT (Uruguay/Argentina, 2013)
• Gustavo Fontán, EL ROSTRO / THE FACE (Argentina, 2013)
• Sebastián Sepúlveda, LAS NIÑAS QUISPE / THE QUISPE GIRLS (Chile, 2013)
• Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimarães, O HOMEM DAS MULTIDÕES / THE MAN OF THE CROWD (Brazil, 2013)
• Rodrigo Moreno, REIMON (Argentina/Germany, 2014)

Best First Film

• GÜEROS (Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico, 2014)
• HISTORIA DEL MIEDO | HISTORY OF FEAR (Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina/France/Germany/Uruguay, 2014)
• LAS NIÑAS QUISPE | THE QUISPE GIRLS (Sebastián Sepúlveda, Chile)
• NAJAVAZO (Ricardo Silva, Mexico, 2014)
• SOMOS MARI PEPA | WE ARE MARI PEPA (Samuel Kishi Leopo, Mexico, 2013)

Best Documentary Film

• CAFÉ (Hatuey Viveros, Mexico, 2014) 
• CARTA A UN PADRE / LETTER TO A FATHER (Edgardo Cozarinsky, Argentina/Germany, 2013)
• EL CUARTO DESNUDO / THE NAKED ROOM (Nuria Ibañez, Mexico, 2013)
• LA ÚLTIMA ESTACIÓN / THE LAST STATION (Catalina Vergara and Cristián Soto, Chile, 2013) 
• NAOMI CAMPBEL (Camila José Donoso and Nicolas Videla, Chile, 2013)

Best Director, Documentary Films

• Hatuey Viveros, CAFÉ (Mexico, 2014)  
• Davi Pretto, CASTANHA (Brazil, 2014)
• Camila José Donoso and Nicolás Videla, NAOMI CAMPBEL (Chile, 2013)
• Ricardo Silva, NAVAJAZO (Mexico, 2014) 
• Marcos Pimentel, SOPRO / BREATH (Brazil, 2013)

Best U.S. Latino Film

• CESAR’S LAST FAST (Richard Ray Perez, USA, 2014)   
• LAS MARTHAS (Cristina Ibarra, USA, 2014)
• OF KITES AND BORDERS (Yolanda Pividal, USA/Spain/Mexico, 2014) 
• THE STATE OF ARIZONA (Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, USA, 2014) 





Gustavo Beck directed and produced the documentaries O Arquipélago (2014), O Inverno de Željka (2012),Chantal Akerman, de cá (2010), A Casa de Sandro (2009) and Ismar (2007). His films played at festivals such as FIDMarseille, Cinéma du Réel, CPH:DOX, Viennale, Locarno, BAFICI and FICValdivia, as well at the Guggenheim Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Centre Pompidou and La Cinémathèque Française. In addition, Gustavo is the Head Programmer of the New Views Competition of Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba International Film Festival. He also acts as a Programme Advisor for Edinburgh International Film Festival. He also collaborates as an independent film curator with film festivals, film institutes and art galleries. 


Marcela Goglio studied Communication and Film in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was born. She lived in Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica before moving to New York to study Film and Literature at Columbia University. Since 1999 she has been the programmer of Latinbeat, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual festival of new Latin American cinema.


Naief Yehya, industrial engineer, journalist, writer, film critic and cultural critic, publishes in La Jornada, Letras libres, Zocalo and Art Nexus, among others. He has published three novels, three short stories collections, and the essays: The Transformed Body. Cyborgs and our Technological Heritage in the Real World and Science Fiction,War and Propaganda. Mass Media and the Myth of War in the US, and, Pornography,Technoculture, The Intimate Space Transformed in Times of War and Peace and Pornculture. Yehya's work deals mainly with the impact of technology, mass media, propaganda and pornography in culture and society. Yehya was born in Mexico City in 1963 and has lived in Brooklyn since 1992.



Daniela Alatorre is part of the documentary programming committee and a consultant for the Morelia International Film Festival, which she has produced for the last ten years. Her first film as a producer was the 2009 Sundance-award-winning documentary and festival hit El General, directed by Natalia Almada. She also produced De Panzazo (2012), directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola; and El Ingeniero (2012), directed by Alejandro Lubezki. She currently sits in the Board of Trustees of the Flaherty Film Seminar. She recently served as an advisor for the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) revising documentary projects for funding and is currently living in New York as an MFA candidate in documentary filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts.


Rachael A. Rakes was recently appointed Programmer at Large at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where she co-programs the annual Art of the Real series. She has worked as a programmer and curator for the past 13 years, most recently as Assistant Curator of Film at the Museum of the Moving Image and has organized exhibitions, and screenings for institutions such as Millennium Film Workshop, UnionDocs, Heliopolis Project Space, 92Y Tribeca, ArteEast, and Artists Television Access. She is currently editor of the film section for The Brooklyn Rail, and writes about art and film for Artforum, Art Papers, BOMB, and Hyperallergic. For the past 14 years, she has also worked in independent book publishing as an editor, publicist, and marketing manager at various presses including Verso Books, The Feminist Press, and AK Press.


José Rodríguez is the Manager of Documentary Programming at Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) where he oversees funding for all of the documentary funds and leads the TFI Latin America FundÙs Filmmaker Workshop series. A native of Puerto Rico, he grew up with a passion for movies that led him to Syracuse University, where he wrote a feature script and directed two shorts. After interning as an assistant to producer Amy Hobby, he settled in New York City and became a script/book reader for Overture Films while also working on commercials, short films and features (including Tze Chun's Children of Invention and the documentary Poor Consuelo Conquers the World).



Originally from Mexico City, Lucila Moctezuma is the Executive Producing Director at UnionDocs in New York City. She has worked as manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, director of the Media Arts Fellowships for the Rockefeller Foundation, and she founded and was coordinator of the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund for the Tribeca Film Institute. She has frequently collaborated with international film festivals including the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico and the Huesca Film Festival in Spain. She has served on selection panels for the Jerome Foundation, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, the International Emmy Awards, the Gucci Ambulante Fellowship (Mexico), and Cinergia Foundation (Costa Rica) among others.


Tammir Muhammad, as Director, Content & Artist Development for Time Warner Inc., he is responsible for a new digital initiative that creates meaningful ways for today's content creators to engage Time Warner's divisions (Warner Bros., HBO and Turner Broadcasting) with the company's longstanding philanthropic focus on the development of the next generation of storytellers. Prior to joining Time Warner Inc., Tamir was the VP, Content Development for Tribeca Enterprise's Digital Studios overseeing the development of content ideas for production and distribution. Tamir also served as the VP, Film, TV, and Online Programming for several years at the Tribeca Film Institute, where he managed and directed funding and other developmental resources for projects by established and emerging filmmakers.


Bernardo Ruiz is the founder of Quiet Pictures, a production company created in 2007. He co-produced the award-winning The Sixth Section (POV, 2003) and is the director/producer of American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008), winner of the NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made for Television Documentary. He is the director and producer of Reportero (POV, 2013), which screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, among many others. He is the Series Writer and Executive Producer of the bilingual documentary series, The Graduates/Los Graduados (Independent Lens, PBS, 2013). Ruiz is a recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Film and his work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Institute, ITVS and Cinereach, among others.



- Carlos Aguilar, LatinoBuzz/Indiewire, USA
- Pedro Butcher, film critic and journalist, Brazil
- María Campaña Ramia, Encuentros del Otro Cine, Ecuador/Brazil
- Andrés Castillo, Miami International Film Festival, USA
- Vanessa Erazo, Remezcla, USA
- Jim Kolmar, SXSW, USA
- Michel Lipkes, filmmaker and programmer, Mexico
- Leandro Listorti, BAFICI, Argentina
- Javier Martín, Berlin Film Festival, Germany
- Meghan Monsour, Ambulante, Mexico
- Jerónimo Rodríguez, filmmaker and critic, USA/Chile
- Diana Vargas, Havana Film Festival in New York, USA
- Pedro Zuluaga, programmer and scholar, Colombia