46 films to participate in three distinct categories

PUBLIC VOTE TO CHOOSE THREE FILMS AWARDS AT IFF PANAMA 2016’S CLOSING GALA

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The International Film Festival of Panama offers audiences the pleasure and honorable responsibility of choosing, by vote, the films they deem deserving of the following awards: the Copa Airlines Award for Best Latin American Fiction Film, the MasterCard Award for Best Film from Central America and the Caribbean, and the Revista K Award for Best Documentary.

At the beginning of each participating film’s screening, IFF Panama staff and volunteers will provide voting cards to audience members. When the screening has finished, viewers will rate the film with a number from 1 to 5 - 5 being the highest score - and return the voting card to IFF Panama representatives for tallying.

Each film’s vote-count will be totaled following its screening and the winners will be announced at the festival’s Closing Gala on April 13th at Teatro Balboa Theater (8:00 p.m.), followed by the screening of Celso García’s film The Thin Yellow Line.

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The 2015 winners of the People’s Choice Awards were: Mercedes Arias (co-director, Box 25), Alec Whaite (actor, The Longest Distance), Delfina Vidal (co-director, Box 25) and Pituka Ortega-Heilbron.

The following films from IFF Panama’s fifth edition selection competing for three distinct prizes in the People’s Choice Awards are:

 

Copa Airlines Audience Award for Best Ibero American Fiction Film

3 Beauties, dir. Carlos Caridad-Montero, Venezuela, 97’, 2015
600 Miles, dir. Gabriel Ripstein, Mexico/USA, 85’, 2015
Alias María, dir. José Luis Rugeles, Colombia, 91’, 2015
Spy Time, dir. Javier Ruiz Caldera, Spain, 87’, 2015
Before the Rooster Crows, dir. Ari Maniel Cruz, 138’, Puerto Rico, 2016
Much Ado About Nothing, dir. Alejandro Fernández Almendras, 94’, Chile, 2016
Witchcrafts, dir. Virginia Curiá, Brazil/Spain, 78’, 2014 
Road to La Paz, dir. Francisco Varone, Argentina, 92’, 2016
From Afar, dir. Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico, 93’, 2015
Desierto, dir. Jonás Cuarón, Mexico/USA, 94’, 2015
Strange Days, dir. Juan Sebastián Quebrada, Argentina/Colombia, 70’, 2015
The Embrace of the Serpent, dir. Ciro Guerra, Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina, 122’, 2015
The Companion, dir. Pavel Giroud, Cuba/Colombia/France/Panama/Venezuela, 104’, 201
The Apostate, dir. Federico Veiroj, Spain/France/Uruguay, 80’, 2015
The Clan, dir. Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain, 108’, 2015
The Club, dir. Pablo Larraín, Chile, 98’, 2015 
Retribution, dir. Dani de la Torre, Spain/France, 102’, 2015
Tamarindo, dir. Hernán Jiménez, 88’, Costa Rica/USA, 2016
Boy & The World, dir. Alê Abreu, Brazil, 80’, 2013
The Violin Teacher, dir. Sergio Machado, Brazil, 100’, 2015
Bleak Street, dir. Arturo Ripstein, Mexico, 99’, 2015
The Thin Yellow Line, dir. Celso R. García, Mexico, 95’, 2015 
Land and Shade,  dir. César Augusto Acevedo, Colombia, 94’, 2015
Magallanes, dir. Salvador del Solar, Peru/Colombia, 109’, 2015
My Big Night, dir. Álex de la Iglesia, Spain, 100’, 2015
Semana Santa, dir. Alejandra Marquez, Mexico, 85’, 2015
Murder in Pacot, dir. Raoul Peck, Haiti/France/Norway, 130’, 2014
I Promise You Anarchy, dir. Julio Hernández Cordón, 88’, Mexico, 2015
Elephant, the Horse, dir. Andrés Waissbluth, 80’, Chile/Mexico/Colombia, 2016
Truman, dir. Cesc Gay, Spain/Argentina, 108’, 2015 

 

MasterCard Audience Award for Best Picture of Central America and the Caribbean

Drifting Away, dir. Miguel I. González, Panama, 70’, 2015
Before the Rooster Crows, dir. Ari Maniel Cruz, 138’, Puerto Rico, 2016
The Companion, dir. Pavel Giroud, Cuba/Colombia/France/Panama/Venezuela, 104’, 201
Tamarindo, dir. Hernán Jiménez, 88’, Costa Rica/USA, 2016
Time to Love. A Backstage Tale, dir. Guido Bilbao, Panama, 69’, 2016
The Route, dir. Pituka Ortega-Heilbron, Panama, 62’, 2016
My Father’s Land, dir. Miquel Galofre, Bahamas/Haiti/Trinidad and Tobago, 60’, 2015
Murder in Pacot, dir. Raoul Peck, Haiti/France/Norway, 130’, 2014
Salsipuedes, dir. Ricardo Aguilar N. y Manolito Rodríguez, Panama, 94’, 2015
I Promise You Anarchy, dir. Julio Hernández Cordón, 88’, Mexico, 2015
Viaje, dir. Paz Fábrega, Costa Rica, 71’, 2015

 

Revista K Audience Award for Best Documentary 

Drifting Away, dir. Miguel I. González, Panama, 70’, 2015
Boca Juniors 3D, dir. Rodrigo H. Vila, 108’, Argentina, 2016
The Pearl Button, dir. Patricio Guzmán, Chile/France/Spain, 82’, 2015
He Named Me Malala, dir. Davis Guggenheim, USA, 87’, 2015
Time to Love. A Backstage Tale, dir. Guido Bilbao, Panama, 69’, 2016
Heart of a Dog, dir. Laurie Anderson, USA, 75’, 2015
Daughter of the Lake, dir. Ernesto Cabellos Damián, Peru/Bolivia/Holland, 88’, 2015
Future June, dir. Maria Augusta Ramos, Brazil, 100’, 2015
Tea Time, dir. Maité Alberdi, Chile, 72’, 2014
The Route, dir. Pituka Ortega-Heilbron, Panama, 62’, 2016
My Father’s Land, dir. Miquel Galofre, Bahamas/Haiti/Trinidad and Tobago, 60’, 2015
Call Me Marianna, dir. Karolina Bielawska, Poland, 75’, 2015
Paco de Lucía: A Journey, dir. Francisco Sánchez Varela, 95’, Spain, 2014 
Al Purdy Was Here, dir. Brian D. Johnson, Canada, 92’, 2015

 

The IFF Panama Foundation
The International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama Foundation) is a non-profit organization created to support the realization of IFF Panama and promote the cultural & educational activities that are an integral part of the event’s structure. The Festival is sponsored primarily by: the Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias (MICI), Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá, MasterCard®, Copa Airlines, 507 Red Lager, Alcaldía de Panamá, Revista K, TVN FIlms, and many other generous sponsors.