Independent Awards

Independent Awards

AADA - Argentina Association of Audiovisual Art Directors
Best Art Direction for a Feature Length Film in the International Competition

Leonor Díaz Esteve for Espíritu sagrado by Chema García Ibarra
Jury verdict:
"For her talent in building a paradigm, in a work that combines comedy and darkness. The film is part of the long imaginary of the Spanish Black Legend. Located in a working-class neighborhood of Elche, it highlights the created universe that mixes superstition, the supernatural and religious elements, resulting in a set of strange scenarios that do not stop being everyday. In short, a Production Design that as a whole, permanently dialogues with the script and the meaning that it wants to convey.”

AATI - Argentine Association of Translators and Interpreters
Best Short Film in the Argentine Competition

Fuera del área de cobertura by Agustina Wetzel
Jury Verdict:
"For its way of narrating a portrait of an era, which allows us to reflect on the use of technologies. Due to its sound stimuli and, mainly, visual stimuli, which require its repositioning through descriptive subtitling and audio description, so that people with visual and hearing disabilities can fully enjoy the material."

ACCA - Argentine Association of Film Critics
Best Film in the Argentine Competition

Danubio by Agustina Pérez Rial
Jury Verdict:
"For its refiguring of Argentine archival material in the face of access limitations implied by the lack of a cinematheque and for experimenting on the frontier of fiction and documentary.”

Honorable Mention
Matar a la bestia by Agustina San Martín
Jury Verdict:
"Because it makes the formal elements of the genre its own to create a fable that explores dense climates, image-affection and female desire in the process of self-discovery.”

ACCIÓN MUJERES DE CINE (Action - Women of Film)
Best Film in the Argentine Competition with a Gender Perspective

Husek by Daniela Seggiaro
Jury Verdict:
"The Action for the Gender Perspective Award is for a film that allows us to see how patriarchy acts in all its forms against the oppressed. A national story on an underdeveloped topic posed in a respectful way. That presents a sensitive protagonist who allows a transformation to take place in her life.”

ADF - Argentine Authors of Cinematographic Photography
Best Cinematography in the International Competition

Claire Mathon for Petite Maman by Céline Sciamma
Jury Verdict:
"In our verdict, we highlight the subtlety and delicacy with which the camera and light surround the characters creating an internal / external porous world that can be traveled upon. We note the courage to venture into such different worldsin this creative duo with Céline Sciamma. May this award go as an incentive for many more.”

APIMA – Association of Independent Producers of Audiovisual Media
Best Film of the Latin American Competition

by Martín Barrenechea and Nicolás Branca
Jury Verdict:
For creating a very good film with a production plan in which a good story is told showing a lavish universe with few resources, thanks to a very well thought out production design.”
Carajita de Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra
Jury Verdict:
A very valuable film as it addresses issues such as social inequality and human relationships with their nuances and contradictions in a very sensitive way.”

ARGENTORES - Argentine Society of Authors
Best Script for an Argentine Film in all competitions

Ana Katz and Gonzalo Delgado for El perro que no calla
Jury Verdict:
Due to the sensitive approach to the protagonist in his future, in a significant moment in his life, marked by a search where the avatar, and the uncertainty that determine the direction of his experiences, do not mask the options he has been taking, immersed in a fragile and unpredictable world. The cinematographic book provides an original vision of contemporaneity, not exempt from fulfilled premonitions, which invite reflection and consequently, rethinking.”

ASA - Argentine Association of Audiovisual Sound Technicians
Best Sound in the Argentine Competition

Sofía Straface for Jesús López by Maximiliano Schonfeld
Jury Verdict:
"Jesus López is a film that presents the following features to be highlighted: The reinterpretation of resources that could be taken from the thriller, which generate suspense and maintain the dramatic expectation throughout the entire narrative, in a subtle mix between the fantastic and the traditional. The sound treatment that uses these engines musically creating different sensations and moods, accompanying the transformation of the protagonist. Its outstanding technical quality of direct sound and sound effects recorded during filming, generate a very powerful credible without falling into the purely gimmicky or pyrotechnic. The Fire element as a premonitory idea, which is heard in multiple ways and recurrently throughout the narrative. Finally, it is worth highlighting the religious symbolism in terms of reincarnation that the film proposes, to which the inclusion of heavy metal music both in its diegetic expression and in its extra diegetic abstraction contributes especially.”

DAC - Argentine Film Directors
Best Argentine Director in all Competitions

Ana Katz by El perro que no calla
Jury Verdict:
"For taking her personal style to a level of great auroral maturity creating an endearing work that illuminates, excites and moves.”

EDA - Argentine Association of Audiovisual Editors
Best Editing International Competition

Katharina Bhend and Ramon Zürcher for The Girl and the Spider by Silvan Zürcher and Ramon Zürcher
Jury Verdict:
"We have appreciated how the authors have incorporated the montage into an elegant, enigmatic and claustrophobic staging, in such a way that it is integrated as one of the creative elements that make up this brilliant film. It is not easy to weave these continuous intersections of bodies, objects and gazes, with several layers of superimposed emotions. Precise cuts in which the montage dances with extreme subtlety and violence at the same time, in a symphony that adjusts its rhythm as needed. We highlight the use of repetitive elements that mark a kind of episodic quality and at the same time generate a double sensation in which the story, on the one hand, progresses and on the other, turns in circles on itself, mirroring the movement of human feelings and life itself. The musical accents, the characters observing each other, the use of medium shots that immerse the viewer within the scene: everything fits into a montage that creates the feeling that nothing is happening, while you have the certainty that you are witnessing something important. An outstanding montage."

FEISAL - Federation of Latin American Film Schools
Best Film in the Official Competition by a Latin American Director of 35 years of age or younger

El cielo está rojo by Francina Carbonell
Jury Verdict:
"For the honest, respectful, transparent and human gaze of the director, on top of the handling of archival material, the montage, the silences, the desperate screams, the multiple formats, the successful sequences of the beginning and the end and the different narrative resources used to tell the story of one of the biggest prison tragedies in the history of Chile."

FIPRESCI - International Federation of Film Press
Best Film in the Latin American Competition

by Martín Barrenechea and Nicolás Branca
Jury Verdict:
"Due to the choice of the environment, the tone (sometimes modest, other times intimate and intense) and the powerful portrait of the protagonist, a lost and vulnerable young man despite his fame. The cinematic narrative is organized consistently and effectively, and the performances are compelling. Rafael Spregelburd’s acting stands out, surprising us once again with his versatility.”

FNA - National Fund for the Arts
Best Argentine Short Film

Engomado by Toia Bonino y Marcos Joubert
Las máquinas tristes by Paola Michaels
Jury Verdict:
"For their inventiveness, sensitivity and cinematographic ability to narrate."

Patacón Awards for Encouragement for Best Argentine Actor and for Best Argentine Actress in all Competitions

Patacón for Best Female Interpretation
Verónica Gerez for Husek by Daniela Seggiaro

Patacón for Best Male Interpretation
Demián Salomón for Punto rojo by Nic Loreti

PCI – PCI Association of Film Directors
Award for Artistic Innovation to the best first of second film by an Argentine Director in Competition

by Martín Barrenechea and Nicolás Branca
Jury Verdict
"For its cinematographic solidity, the beauty of its shots, precise casting and strength in the narration.”

Honorable Mention
Una escuela en Cerro Hueso by Betania Cappato
Jury Verdict:
"For the sensitive way of approaching an unavoidable question for all the people who inhabit the earth that surrounds us.”

SAE - Sociedad Argentina de Editores Audiovisuales
Mejor Edición de Película Argentina de todas las Competencias

Ignacio Ragone por Noh de Marco Canale, Juan Fernández Gebauer e Ignacio Ragone
Jury Verdict:
"We unanimously decided to award the award to Ignacio Ragone, considering his work in Noh fundamental in the narrative and sensorial articulation, with a powerfully, subtle and rhythmically correct montage that enhances the beauty and the senses of the film.”

SICA APMA - Syndicate of the Argentine Cinematographic Industry, Animation, Advertising and Audiovisual Media
Best Technical Realization and Treatment of Social Issues in the Latin American Competition

El perro que no calla by Ana Katz
Jury Verdict:
"For its original aesthetic treatment, for the poetry, subtlety and authenticity of a story as intimate as it is universal, which empathizes with us and makes us great when it comes to portraying ourselves as a society. Along with its current narrative and characters, and with a non-sexist language, El perro que no calla stands out for its photography and it Art, combining both to achieve wonderfully charming chiaroscuro. Cities that we inhabit, people that we do not see, moments that we do not offer, not being able to register the other, or wanting to understand the other, even love becomes petty. Ana Katz opens the stagings of daily, constant, disguised hypocrisy. Not getting along implies being a loser. Being a loser implies not having a job, not having a job takes you to different places, finding work on earth, in the neighborhood, salvation is in cooperation, returning to the earth.”

SIGNIS - World Catholic Association for Communication
Best Film in the International Competition
Signis Grand Prize

Hit the Road by Panah Panahi
Jury Verdict:
"This film highlights elements of family union, love, detachment and ruptures. Ancestral customs with contemporary technology. Natural and painful syncretism: the old and the new juxtaposed in a humanitarian and unfailingly emotional whole. In its form it reveals the playful and spiritual aspects of its characters, together with the majesty of the landscapes. Beautiful and moving for the subtlety of feelings and traditions. Masterful and surprising final sequence, all accompanied by suitable songs.”

Commemorative Award for 25 years of the presence of Signis in the Festival
Quién lo impide by Jonás Trueba
Jury Verdict:
"For sharing an exhaustive coexistence for five years with Spanish teenagers who used the movie camera to show the most intimate details of themselves and restore our confidence in the future. In his story, existential dilemmas, affective and identity contradictions are seen. They transmit intelligence, sensitivity and emotion through their pleasantly spontaneous protagonists. Touristy, cheerful and entertaining all the time. It is a titanic filmmaking with honest, warm and politically critical testimonies of today's world.”

Signis Honorable Mention
Petite Maman by Céline Sciamma
Jury Verdict:
"For its excellent storytelling, execution, and acting. The film manages in a masterful and moving way to portray the mystery of a daughter's love for her mother. In it there is a need for an encounter between the two that occurs in a healing fantasy of time travel. Despite mixing what is real and what is of time, it does not lose the simple, the everyday and the playful. It shows a world as particular as it is universal to help us understand the depth of the links. Emotional and magical, with everyday details but impregnated with tenderness, it shows us how vital and transcendent these links are.”

AAPLA - Argentine Association of Audiovisual Locations Producers
Best Design of Locations in an Argentine film in all Competitions

Santiago Carabante for Matar a la bestia by Agustina San Martín
Jury Verdict:
"The visual and created conjunction of the locations, art and photography generate a rarefied climate and tension throughout the film. The story is set in a specific place, with a variety of settings and the spaces provide dramatic support through the differentiation of textures, dimensions, a variety of planes that tell in detail the place where it takes place. The expressive use of spaces and the relationship with the characters give an account of their personality, so much so that an absent character becomes present and takes center stage by showing the empty space that they used to inhabit.”

RAFMA - Argentine Network of Audiovisual Festivals and Exhibitions
RAFMA - Edgardo “Pipo” Bechara El Khoury Award for the Best Short Film in the Argentine Competition

Érase una vez en Quizca by Nicolás Torchinsky
Jury Verdict:
"For the subtle work with a character who, through an oral story, leads us to know a pact of friendship that transcends time and space and that highlights the value of giving one’s word, in an exercise of memory also reinforced by powerful images that resignify the importance of connections.”

RECAM - Specialized Encounter of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Authorities of the Mercosur Region

Las máquinas tristes by Paola Michaels
Jury Verdict:
"For its wide reception and educational, critical and reflective value, which functions as a synthesis of existence in our time and at the same time is timeless. With images of robots and dialogues between artificial intelligence assistants, the director's sensitivity challenges us and invites us to rethink this world.”

Honorable Mention
El espacio sideral by Sebastián Schjaer
Jury Verdict:
"For the interesting climate created with its experimentation of cinematographic language and the mysterious combination between two worlds as a celebration of friendship. The director, in a fresh and genuine search, proposes another way of seeing cinema, which is not new, but different, and the protagonists, while searching for their identity, find a way to accompany each other in different dimensions.”

Georges-Méliès Award to the Best Latin American Short Film that deals with issue of cultrual identity and diversity
First Prize
Sombras azules
by Florencia Fasano

Second Prize
El segundo hombre by Iván Bustinduy

Flow Award for Argentine Film

El empleado y el patrón by Manuel Nieto Zas
Jury Verdict:
"The feature film narrates a complex drama, in which the political, the social and the intimate are involved. He does it with cinematographic power and a subtle, and at the same time precise, look at the rural world, class differences, guilt and fear. With an approach to the image that at times refers to the western, without losing any realism and absolute control of all technical aspects, it is a forceful, tense film that is committed to the themes it develops.”

Ministry of Women, Gender Policies and Diversity of the Province of Buenos Aires
Eva Landek Award

Danubio by Agustina Pérez Rial
Jury Verdict:
"From the voice of an immigrant woman, she delights us with an engaging story about the political, social and cultural history of the first stage of the Mar Del Plata Film Festival, in order to also tell us about a dark time in Argentina’s history, the Onganía dictatorship and its practice of political persecution. Edited only with archivealmaterial, it creates a fascinating story, with a strong premise: cinema is always political and is a fundamental part of our history as a people. We celebrate this debut feature that rescues memory and reconstructs it from an art that always challenges us, the cinema.”

Honorable Mention
Una escuela en Cerro Hueso by Betania Cappato