Costa Rica Sweeps at Ícaro Film Fest

The Ícaro Film Festival has announced its winners for this year's awards, and for this edition, Costa Rica proved to be a major contender, winning six prizes total including both Best Central American Feature Film and Best Director for Por las Plumas / All About the Feathers, (pictured), directed by Neto Villalobos. The film was chosen for its simple story an genuine portrait of the human necessity to connect with others. Villalobos' directorial debut is a deadpan comedy that tells the story of Chalo, a security guard who wants to get into cockfighting.

The Costa Rican film Princesas Rojas / Red Princess, the directorial debut by Laura Astorga was awarded Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction. This year's winner for Best Central American Documentary Film went to Justicia Para mi hermana directed by Kimberly Bautista from Guatemala. Best Production was given to El Xendra, hailing from Honduras and directed by Juan Carlos Fanconi.

This year's edition took place from November 14 - 21 in La Antigua, Guatemala. Created by Casa Comal, this festival is the largest in the region and prides itself on its diversity and tolerance.