Peruvian Film Wins Palm Springs ShortFest

The Peruvian short film Behind the Mirrors / Detrás del espejo (pictured) by Julio O. Ramos received the top prize at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, North America's largest short film festival and market which ended today. Starring Marcello Rivera, Mayella Lloclla, Carlos Cano de la Fuente and Susan Leon, the film also was awarded the prize for Best Student Live Action Short Film 15 Minutes and Under.

Inspired on true events and shot on location in Lima, the Peruvian short tells the story of Ernesto, a worker of a run down motel in Lima, who makes an extra income by sneaking cameras into the motel's room and capturing his guests' intimate moments. Ernesto succesfully hides his clandestine business from his coworker and wife, Rosario, until one day the mysterious death of a woman urges Ernesto to cover up before the arrival of the police.

Ramos is a Peruvian director from Lima living in Los Angeles, where he recently completed a MFA in Film Directing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Behind the Mirrors is Ramos' second short film and had its world premiere at the Guadalajara Film Festival last March.

The winner receives a cash prize of $2,000 cash, software package, post production award and Final Cut Pro X. Additionally, the winner of this award is eligible to submit his film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration.

Watch the trailer: