Best Feature Film:
VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro, Argentina)
Best Documentary Film:
EL ALCALDE / THE MAYOR (Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini, Diego Osorno, Mexico)
Best Director, Feature Film:
Carlos Reygadas, POST TENEBRAS LUX (Mexico)
Best Director, Documentary Film:
Jose Luis García, LA CHICA DEL SUR / THE GIRL FROM THE SOUTH (Argentina)
Special Jury Mention:
Ignacio Agüero, EL OTRO DÍA / THE OTHER DAY (Chile)
Best First Film:
TANTA AGUA / SO MUCH WATER (Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay)
Best U.S. Latino Film:
MOSQUITA Y MARI (Aurora Guerrero)
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES (Kristy Guevara Flanagan)
The winners of the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards were announced on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 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 VOCES, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times Company; Media sponsors: LatAm Cinema and Remezcla.
Special thanks to Mario Díaz, Andrea Betanzos, and Tatiana García.
Best Fiction Film
• GLORIA (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain, 2013)
• NO (Pablo Larraín, Chile/USA/France/Mexico, 2012)
• POST TENEBRAS LUX (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2012)
• TANTA AGUA / SO MUCH WATER (Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay/Germany/Mexico/Netherlands, 2013)
• VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro, Argentina, 2012)
Best Director, Fiction Film
• Sebastián Silva, CRYSTAL FAIRY (Chile, 2013)
• Pablo Larraín, NO (Pablo Larraín, Chile/USA/France/Mexico, 2012)
• Carlos Reygadas, POST TENEBRAS LUX (Mexico/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2012)
• Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, TANTA AGUA / SO MUCH WATER (Uruguay/Germany/Mexico/Netherlands, 2013)
• Matías Piñeiro, VIOLA (Argentina, 2012)
Best Documentary Film
• EL ALCALDE / THE MAYOR (Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini, Diego Osorno, Mexico, 2012)
• LA CHICA DEL SUR / THE GIRL FROM THE SOUTH (José Luis García, Argentina, 2012)
• LA GENTE DEL RÍO / THE RIVER PEOPLE (Martín Benchimol, Pablo Aparo, Argentina, 2012)
• EL HUASO (Carlo Guillermo Proto, Chile/Canada, 2012)
• EL OTRO DÍA / THE OTHER DAY (Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2012)
Best Director, Documentary Film
• José Luis García, LA CHICA DEL SUR / THE GIRL FROM THE SOUTH (Argentina, 2012)
• Priscilla Padilla, LA ETERNA NOCHE DE LAS DOCE LUNAS / THE ETERNAL NIGHT OF THE TWELVE MOONS (Colombia, 2013)
• Martín Benchimol & Pablo Aparo, LA GENTE DEL RÍO | THE RIVER PEOPLE (Argentina, 2012)
• Mercedes Moncada, PALABRAS MÁGICAS (PARA ROMPER UN ENCANTAMIENTO) / MAGIC WORDS (BREAKING A SPELL) (Mexico/Guatemala, 2012)
• Ignacio Agüero, EL OTRO DÍA | THE OTHER DAY (Chile, 2012)
Best First Film
• CARNE DE PERRO / DOG FLESH (Fernando Guzzoni, Chile/France/Germany, 2012)
• EL LIMPIADOR / THE CLEANER (Adrián Saba, Peru, 2012)
• MELAZA / MOLASSES (Carlos Díaz Lechuga, Cuba/France/Panama, 2012)
• TANTA AGUA / SO MUCH WATER (Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay/Germany/Mexico, 2013)
• LOS SALVAJES / THE WILD ONES (Alejandro Fadel, Argentina, 2012)
Best U.S. Latino Film
• AMERICAN PROMISE (Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, USA, 2013)
• FILLY BROWN (Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, USA, 2012)
• MOSQUITA Y MARI (Aurora Guerrero, USA, 2012)
• REPORTERO (Bernardo Ruiz, USA, 2012)
• WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, USA, 2012)
Melissa Anderson is a regular contributor to Artforum and Artforum.com; she also writes for theVillage Voice. She was the film editor and a film critic for Time Out New York, and a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee between 2009 and 2012.
Mike Maggiore programs the premieres for New York's Film Forum alongside Director Karen Cooper. He is also responsible for promoting many of the premieres during their runs at Film Forum. He has served on the committees of Film Independent's Truer Than Fiction Award and the Sundance Documentary Fund; and was the Assistant Director of the Film and Video Department of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Julia Solomonoff is an award-winning Argentinean writer, director and producer. She is the writer and director of The Last Summer of la Boyita (2009), which was co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar’s El Deseo SA and won over 20 international awards. Her directorial debut, Hermanas (2005), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a producer, her credits include Julia Murat’s Historias que existem quando lembradas and Ana Piterbarg's Everybody’s Got a Plan. A Fulbright Scholar, Solomonoff teaches Film Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Chris Allen is the Founder and Director of UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After graduating from Columbia University and studying at Trinity College Dublin, Allen worked as a social entrepreneur, documentary director, and new media artist. His individual works and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the MoMA, Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, the Volksbühne Theatre, DirektorenHaus in Berlin, Independent Film Week, Sonár, DIVA, and Conflux Festivals, among many other venues.
Paco de Onís most recently released Granito (Sundance 2011), a documentary detective story focused on the role of filmic and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals. He previously produced The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (Sundance 2009), and State of Fear, a film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Paco is a partner at Skylight Pictures, and previously produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, and a range of other programs.
Anita Reher is the Executive Director of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She is an international consultant with twenty years of experience connecting filmmakers to the documentary community and was a co-founder of the European Documentary Network (EDN). She began her career with the MEDIA Program of the European Union working for the creative DOCUMENTARY project.
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Beth Janson is the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). She joined TFI in 2004 to launch its Tribeca All Access program, which quickly grew to become an important forum for US-based filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to promote their projects. She held a variety of positions prior to TFI including Programming Director for the 2003 Newport International Film Festival and working as a part of the HBO Documentary Films/Cinemax Reel Life programming team. At HBO, she worked on American Standoff, The Young and the Dead, Journeys with George and Shelter Dogs.
Daniel Loría is the Overseas Editor at BoxOffice. His writing has also appeared on Indiewire, The L Magazine, Remezcla, Not Coming to a Theater Near You, and the official blogs of Cinema Tropical and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Maria-Christina Villaseñor is an independent curator, writer, media maker and consultant on nonprofit arts administration and fundraising. From 1996 to 2007, she curated film and media arts exhibitions for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as the Guggenheim Museums in Berlin and Bilbao. She has also guest-curated media programs for numerous organizations internationally such as Creative Time, Exit Art, the Havana International Film Festival, and the Museo de Bellas Artes Buenos Aires.
- Cecilia Barrionuevo, programmer, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina
- Raúl Camargo, programmer, Valdivia Film Festival, Chile
- John Campos Gómez, director, Transcinema Film Festival, Peru
- Inti Cordera, director, DocsDF Film Festival, Mexico
- Christine Davila, programmer, Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival, Ambulante USA
- Eugenio del Bosque, director, Cine Las Américas, USA
- Raciel del Toro, Cinergia, Costa Rica
- Vanessa Erazo, film programmer and journalist, indieWIRE/LatinoBuzz, Remezcla, USA
- Lisa Franek, programmer, San Diego Latino Film Festival, USA
- Robert A. Gomez, film journalist, Cinemathon, Venezuela
- Jaie Laplante, director, Miami Film Festival, USA
- Agustín Mango, film journalist, Hollywood Reporter, Argentina
- Jim Mendiola, programmer, CineFestival, San Antonio, USA
- Luis Ortiz, director, Latino Public Broadcasting, USA
- Rafael Sampaio, programmer, Sao Paulo Latin American Film Festival, Brazil
- Eva Sangiorgi, programmer, FICUNAM, Mexico
- Gerwin Tamsma, programmer, Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands