NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 08/19/12 -- The HBO® New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented its 2012 awards at a ceremony on Sunday, August 19, in the categories of Best Domestic Feature, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Documentary and Best Short. This year, NYILFF presented over 30 features, documentaries and short films in English and Spanish, reflecting America's cultural diversity as well as the global urban experience. For more information, log on to nylatinofilm.com.
"This year's festival line up was outstanding in its quality and range of diversity," said Calixto Chinchilla, NYILFF Founder and Co-Executive Director. "We hope to continue to bring the highest quality films and stories to the New York community."
"In thirteen years, the festival has gained a reputation as the most prestigious urban film event in the United States," said Elizabeth Gardner, NYILFF Co-Executive Director. "We are proud to bring our sponsors a great experience and return on their investment in the festival and filmmakers."
2012 NYILFF WINNERS
BEST SHORT: "PESCADORA"
20 Min. - PERU & USA
Directors: Daniel Enrique García and Ahna Terpstra
Dora has always dreamed of becoming a fisherman like her father. However, everyone in her Peruvian fishing village wants her to marry instead. Presented by Avid. Winner receives a Media Composer 6.
BEST DOMESTIC FEATURE: "UNDER MY NAILS"
NY Premiere/100 Min.
Director: Arí Maniel Cruz; Writer: Kisha Tikina Burgos; Producers: Martín Arias, Arí Maniel Cruz, Kisha Tikina Burgos, Enrique Julia, Bobby De Jesús, Andrei Nemcik.
Cast: Marilú Acosta, Maite Bonilla, Kisha Tikina Burgos, Iván Camilo, Dolores Pedro.
Solimar, a Puerto Rican woman who works in a nail salon, becomes intrigued by the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, Roberto and Perpetuel. When Perpetuel returns home to the DR, Solimar goes from voyeur to participant in Roberto's games of sex and power. Presented by HBO®. Winner receives $5,000 cash award.
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE: "EL RUMOR DE LAS PIEDRAS"
(The Rumble of the Stones)
New York Premiere/Venezuela/ 100 Min.
Director/Producer: Alejandro Bellame Palacios
Writers: Alejandro Bellame Palacios & Valentina Saa
Cast: Alberto Alifa, Veronica Arellano, Aminta de Lara, Rossana Fernandez, Ariette Torres
Single mother Delia struggles to raise her sons, William and Santiago, in a shantytown of Caracas, but it seems that everyday they slip farther away from her and closer to a life of crime and delinquency. Presented by El Diario-La Prensa. Winner receives $1,000 cash award.
BEST DIRECTOR: ALEJANDRO BELLAME PALACIOS for "EL RUMOR DE LAS PIEDRAS"
Best Director Award Presented by Tribeca Film Institute and Heineken Voces. Winner receives $1,000 cash award.
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