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Con Artist Caper "VIPs" Wins Big at Brazilian Film Festival of Miami

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 29, 2011 at 6:19AM

The con artist caper "VIPs" from first-time feature director Toniko Melo and produced by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") won the Crystal Lens jury award for Best Feature Film at the 15th annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, which wrapped over the weekend. The film also won its lead Wagner Moura the Crystal Lens Award for Best Actor.
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The con artist caper "VIPs" from first-time feature director Toniko Melo and produced by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") won the Crystal Lens jury award for Best Feature Film at the 15th annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, which wrapped over the weekend. The film also won its lead Wagner Moura the Crystal Lens Award for Best Actor.

The mystery drama "180'" also nabbed two Crystal Lens jury awards: Best Director for Eduardo Vaisman and Best Screenplay for Claudia Mattos.

The Audience Award for best Best Feature Film went to Roberto Santucci's sex shop comedy "Head Over Heels."

Full list of winners:

Jury Awards for Feature Films and Documentaries:

Crystal Lens Award for Best Feature Film: "VIPs" (directed by Toniko Melo)
Crystal Lens Award for Best Feature Film Director: Eduardo Vaisman ("180o")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Actor: Wagner Moura ("VIPs")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Actress: Olivia Torres ("Untangle")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Screenplay: Claudia Mattos ("180o")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Cinematography: Adrian Teijido ("Boca do Lixo")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Editing: Quito Ribeiro ("Broder")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Film Score: Eduardo Bid ("Boca do Lixo")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Sound Editing: Miriam Biderman and Ricardo Reis ("Broder")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Art Direction: Lia Renha ("Our Home: The Astral City")

Jury Awards for Short Films:

Crystal Lens Award for Best Short Film: "The True Story of the Ballerina in Red" (directed by Alessandra Colasanti and Samir Abujamra)
Crystal Lens Award for Best Short Film Director: Sergio Jose de Andrade ("Waterfall")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Short Film Screenplay: Alessandra Colasanti and Samir Abujamra ("The True Story of the Ballerina in Red")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Short Film Cinematography: Yure Cesar ("Waterfall")
Crystal Lens Award for Best Short Film Art Direction: Robert Guimaraes ("The Cake")

Audience Awards:
Crystal Lens Audience Award for Best Feature Film: "Head Over Heels" (by director Roberto Santucci)
Crystal Lens Audience Award for Best Short Film: "The Cake" by Robert Guimaraes

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