Cinema Tropical Film Awards 2013

Twenty-two films from eight countries have been nominated for the fourth annual edition of the Cinema Tropical Awards, honoring the best of Latin American cinema of the year in six different categories: Best Feature Film; Best Documentary Film; Best Director, Feature Film; Best Director, Documentary Film; Best First Film; and for the first time this year, Cinema Tropical will also present an award to the Best U.S. Latino Film.

The five films competing for the award for Best Feature Film of the year are: Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria (Chile), Pablo Larraín’s No (Chile), Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico), Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s Tanta agua / So Much Water (Uruguay), and Matías Piñeiro’s Viola (Argentina).

In the debuting category of Best U.S. Latino Film of the year, the nominees are: American Promise by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, Filly Brown by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, Mosquita y Mari by Aurora Guerrero, Reportero by Bernardo Ruiz, and Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan.
The winners of the fourth annual Cinema Tropical Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City in late January. The nominees for this year’s awards were selected by a jury panel composed by Chris Allen, founder and director of UnionDocs; film critic Melissa Anderson; Beth Janson, executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute; Daniel Loría, overseas editor of BoxOffice; Mike Maggiore, programmer at Film Forum; filmmaker Paco de Onís; Anita Reher, executive director of the Flaherty Film Seminar; filmmaker Julia Solomonoff; and film curator Maria-Christina Villaseñor.

The Latin American candidates were selected from a list of films with a minimum of 60 minutes in length that were premiered between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The U.S. Latino selections were chosen from a list of films with a also minimum of 60 minutes in length that were premiered between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The nominees were culled from a list created by a nominating committee composed of 17 film professionals from Latin America, the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The Cinema Tropical Awards are presented in partnership with VOCES, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times Company. Media sponsors: LatAm Cinema and Remezcla. Special thanks to Mario Díaz, Andrea Betanzos, and Tatiana García.
About Cinema Tropical and the 2013 Awards:

New York-based Cinema Tropical (CT) [] is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. Founded by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what was to become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, CT brought U.S. audiences some of the first screening of films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También. Through a diversity of programs and initiatives, CT is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country. The Cinema Tropical Awards were created in 2010 to honor excellence in Latin American filmmaking, and it is the only international award entirely dedicated to honoring the artistry of recent Latin American cinema. In its inaugural year, the Awards were given to the Ten Best Latin American Films of the Aughts.


Best Feature Film
• Gloria (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain, 2013)
• No (Pablo Larraín, Chile/USA/France/Mexico, 2012)
• Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2012)
• Tanta agua / So Much Water (Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay/Germany/Mexico/ Netherlands, 2013)
• Viola (Matías Piñeiro, Argentina, 2012)

Best Director, Feature Film
• Sebastián Silva, Crystal Fairy (Chile, 2013)
• Pablo Larraín, No (Pablo Larraín, Chile/Usa/France/Mexico, 2012)
• Carlos Reygadas, Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico/France/Germany/Netherlands,, 2012)
• Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Tanta agua / So Much Water (Uruguay/Germany/Mexico/ Netherlands, 2013)
• Matías Piñeiro, Viola (Argentina, 2012)

Best Documentary Film
• El alcalde | The Mayor (Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini, Diego Osorno, Mexico, 2012)
• La chica del sur | The Girl From The South (José Luis García, Argentina, 2012)
• La gente del río | The River People (Martín Benchimol, Pablo Aparo, Argentina, 2012)
• El Huaso (Carlo Guillermo Proto, Chile/Canada, 2012)
• El otro día | The Other Day (Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2012)

Best Director, Documentary Film
• José Luis García, La chica del sur | The Girl from the South (Argentina, 2012)
• Priscilla Padilla, La eterna noche de las doce lunas | The Eternal Night Of The Twelve Moons (Colombia, 2013)
• Martín Benchimol and Pablo Aparo, La gente del río | The River People (Argentina, 2012)
• Mercedes Moncada, Palabras mágicas (para romper un encantamiento) | Magic Words (Breaking A Spell) (Mexico/Guatemala, 2012)
• Ignacio Agüero, El otro día / The Other Day (Chile, 2012)

Best First Film
• Carne de perro | Dog Flesh (Fernando Guzzoni, Chile/France/Germany, 2012)
• El limpiador | The Cleaner (Adrián Saba, Peru, 2012)
• Melaza | Molasses (Carlos Díaz Lechuga, Cuba/France/Panama, 2012)
• Tanta agua | So Much Water (Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay/Germany/Mexico, 2013)
• Los salvajes | The Wild Ones (Alejandro Fadel, Argentina, 2012)

Best U.S. Latino Film
• American Promise (Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, USA, 2013)
• Filly Brown (Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, USA, 2012)
• Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero, USA, 2012)
• Reportero (Bernardo Ruiz, USA, 2012)
• Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, USA, 2012)

2013 JURY:
Chris Allen, founder and director, UnionDocs; Melissa Anderson, film critic, Artforum; Beth Janson, executive director, Tribeca Film Institute; Daniel Loría, overseas editor, BoxOffice; Mike Maggiore, programmer, Film Forum; Paco de Onís, filmmaker; Anita Reher, executive director, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar; Julia Solomonoff, filmmaker; Maria-Christina Villaseñor, film curator and writer.

Cecilia Barrionuevo, programmer, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina; Raúl Camargo, programmer, Valdivia Film Festival, Chile; John Campos Gómez, director, Transcinema Film Festival, Peru; Inti Cordera, director, DocsDF Film Festival, Mexico; Christine Davila, programmer, Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival, Ambulante USA; Eugenio del Bosque, director, Cine Las Américas, USA; Raciel del Toro, Cinergia, Costa Rica; Vanessa Erazo, film programmer and journalist, indieWIRE/LatinoBuzz, Remezcla, USA; Lisa Franek, programmer, San Diego Latino Film Festival, USA; Robert A. Gomez, film journalist, Cinemathon, Venezuela; Jaie Laplante, director, Miami Film Festival, USA; Agustín Mango, film journalist, Hollywood Reporter, Argentina; Jim Mendiola, programmer, CineFestival, San Antonio, USA; Luis Ortiz, director, Latino Public Broadcasting, USA; Rafael Sampaio, programmer, Sao Paulo Latin American Film Festival, Brazil; Eva Sangiorgi, programmer, FICUNAM, Mexico; Gerwin Tamsma, programmer, Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands.

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