Miami International Film Festival Announces 2011 Winners

On Saturday night, the Miami International Film Festival closed their 10-day flick fest with a screening of Oscar-nominated Incendies and by honoring the winners in their cinema competitions. Among the international films, The Piano in a Factory, in which a laid-off steel worker does whatever he can to get his hands on a piano, won the World Competition. Getting sacked is also the impetus in the film that won the Ibero-American Competition. In Marimbas From Hell, a xylophone player gets fired and decides to start a new band that blends heavy metal and marimba. And finally, the audience award went to deaf boxer biopic, Hamil. Read on for a full list of winners.

Knight Foundation Ibero-American Competition:

• Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: Marimbas From Hell (Las marimbas del infierno) by Julio

Hernández Cordón (Guatemala/France/Mexico)--a $20,000 USD cash prize

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• Honorable Mention: Half of Oscar (La mitad de Óscar) by Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spain/Cuba)


Knight Foundation World Competition:

• Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: The Piano in a Factory (Gang de qin) by Zhang Meng

(China)--a $20,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

• Honorable Mention: Intimate Grammar (Hadikduk Hapnimi) by Nir Bergman (Israel)


Knight Foundation Dox Competition:

• Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: The Interrupters by Steve James

(USA)--a $10,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Miami-based John S. and

James L. Knight Foundation

• Honorable Mention: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front by Marshall Curry


University of Miami Shorts Competition:

• University of Miami Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film: Blokes

(Blockes) by Marialy Rivas (Chile)--a $2,500 USD cash prize awarded by

the University of Miami

• Honorable Mention: Yuri Lennon's Landing on Alpha46 by Anthony Vouardoux (Switzerland/Germany)


The Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award:

• The husband-and-wife directing and screenwriting team of Israel

Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán of Jean Gentil--a $5,000 USD cash prize

awarded by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund; open to films

in the Ibero-American Competition


Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority Innovation in Industry Award:

• The Greatest Movie Ever Sold by Morgan Spurlock (USA)--sponsored by the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority


Venemovies Audience Award, Best Feature Film:

• Hamill by Oren Kaplan (USA)


Venemovies Audience Award, Best Short Film:

• Yuri Lennon's Landing on Alpha46 by Anthony Vouardoux (Switzerland/Germany)


Florida Focus Competition:  CineaSlam for College Filmmakers in Miami

• Winner: Augustus by Bobby Douge of Miami International University of Art & Design

• Honorable Mention: Nurse Interrupted by Lara Fuchsbrauner of Miami International University of Art & Design


Florida Focus Competition: Miami Coalition for the Homeless for High School Filmmakers in Miami

• Winner (Overall): Homelessness: Just Look Around by Kasey Gonzalez, Emily Galvez and Lauren Thermes, South Dade Senior High

• Winner (Public Service Announcement): The Road to Ruin, by Eric Flemons, University School of Nova Southeastern University


Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award:

• Given to Andy Garcia (executive producer), Aaron J. Salgado (director) and Jaydee Freixas (producer), Magic City Memoirs

Andy Garcia at Magic CIty Memoirs screening
Andy Garcia at Magic CIty Memoirs screening
Courtesy of MIFF


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