July 21, 2012

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.

"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.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: EL MÉDICO: THE CUBATÓN STORY
New York Premiere/Cuba, Sweden/85 Minutes
Director: Daniel Fridell
Producers: Thomas Allercrantz, Daniel Fridell, Ingemar Johansson, Adel Kjellström, Margus Öunapuu, Petri Rossi
High up in the Sierra Maestra mountains, where Castro's revolution began, "El Médico," a doctor and musician, serves the cause. When a Swedish music producer sees "El Médico" as the next big thing, Communist ideals collide with capitalist dreams, with the magic and beauty of Cuba and her music as backdrop. Presented by HBO®. Winner receives $1,000 cash award.

HBO®/ NYILFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNER:
THE ACTING LESSON by Carmen Peláez
Written by: Carmen Peláez
Directors: Carmen Peláez and Nicolas Calzada
Cast: Brigitte Khali and Wanda Arriaga

HBO and the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) today announced that The Acting Lesson, an original screenplay by Carmen Peláez, has been chosen as the 2012 winner of the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition. The screenplay tells the story of Emily, a rising starlet who interviews her director's maid Pepa, claiming that she is doing research for her next big movie role. But when the questions get personal, Pepa is forced to delve deep into her own history, erasing the line between telenovela and real life.

In addition to receiving the $15,000 grand prize, an HBO creative executive will serve as a mentor to Peláez and consult during the production of the winning script to film. The short, which is being shot in the Miami area and co-directed by Peláez and Nicholas Calzada, was exhibited during screenings at the New York International Latino Film Festival, August 13-19, in New York City.

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