The International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia’s most important film event, announced the winners for its 55th edition. The top prize in the narrative competition went to Guatemala’s “Ixcanul” by Jairo Bustamante, which after its triumph in Berlin has become a festival hit. However, the Brazilian feature “White Out, Black In”(Branco Sai, Preto Fica) took home both the Special Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Award, becoming the big winner at the festival. Notable Colombian winners include documentaries “Letter to a Shadow” and “Tea Time” (also honored in Miami) and narrative feature “The Silence of the River.” Here is the full list of winners.
Official Fiction Competition
Michael Fitzgerald- Malgorzata Szumowska – Cao Guimaraes
- Best Film: “Ixcanul” by Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala) – Wins Cine Colombia Award that includes $15.000 – ISA: Film Factory Entertainment
- Special Jury Prize: “Branco Sai, Preto Fica” (White Out, Black In) by Adirley Queirós (Brazil) – PC: Cinco Da Norte Serviços Audiovisuais
- Best Director: Hector Galvez for “NN“ (Peru, Colombia, Germany, France) – ISA: Habanero
The International Federation of Film Critics Award – FIPRESCI
Ivonete Pinto – Michael Pattison – Roger Alan Koza
- Best Film: “Branco Sai, Preto Fica” (White Out, Black In) by Adirley Queirós (Brazil)
Colombian Cinema Official Competition
Mirsad Purivatra – Gerwin Tamsma – Juan Carlos Arciniegas
- Best Film: “El Silencio del Rio” (The Silence of the River) by Carlos Tribiño (Colombia, Uruguay, France) – Wins Cinecolor Award that includes USD $11.000 in deliveries and the LCI Seguros Award, which consists of a 50% discount on the insurance purchase for production up to US$50,000. -ISA: Habanero Films
- Special Jury Prize: “Carta a Una Sombra” (Letter to a Shadow) by Daniela Abad and Miguel Salazar(Colombia) – PC: Producciones la Esperanza
- Best Director: Roberto Flores Prieto for “Ruido Rosa” (Pink Noise) – Wins Hangar Films Award that includes USD $30.000 in film equipment for the production of his next film. – PC: Kymera Producciones
- Club Colombia Audience Award: “Carta a Una Sombra” (Letter to a Shadow) by Daniela Abad and Miguel Salazar (Colombia) – Wins USD $15.000
Official Documentary Competition
Sergio Wolf – Ally Derks – Meredith Brody
- Best Film: “La Once” (Tea Time) by Maite Alberdi (Chile, U.S.) – Wins Cinecolor Award that includes USD $13.000 in digital post-production services – ISA: Cat & DOCS
- Special Jury Prize: “Tu y Yo” (You and Me) by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada (Dominican Republic) – PC: Faula Films
Jorge Sanchez Sosa – Nicolas Morales Thomas – Ciro Guerra
- Best Film: “Hermosa Juventud” (Beautiful Youth) by Jaime Rosales (Spain, France) – Wins RCN Award for promotional purposes during its release in Colombia, valued at USD $50.000. – ISA: NDM
- Special Jury Prize: “El Hombre de las Multitudes” (The Man of the Crowd) by Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes (Brazil) ISA: FIGa Films
- Special Mention: “Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania, France) – ISA: Le Pacte/U.S. Dist: Cohen Media Group
Official Shorts Competition
Joel del Rio – Roberto Fiesco – Andres Parra
- Best Short Film: “Se Venden Conejos” (Rabbits for Sale) by Esteban Giraldo (Colombia) – Wins a professional SONY camera and USD $3.000 from Cinecolor in digital post-production services for the director’s next project.
- Special Mention: “Completo” by Iván Gaona (Colombia)
Maite Alberdi – Franco Lolli – Jorge Forero
- Best Short Film: “En Busca del Aire” (Searching for Air) by Mauricio Rojas Maldonado (Antioquia University) – Wins a professional SONY camera; and GoPro HERO4 camera from Revista Shock.
- Special Mention: “La Ruta de Julita” (Julita’s Route) by Omar Eduardo Ospina (Magdalena University) – Wins a scholarship to study film production at the Bucaramanga University.
- Special Mention: “Estepario” by Ángela Duque (Sabana University) – Wins a scholarship to study sound recording and design at Bucaramanga University.