Miami Film Festival

Old Ladies, Druglords, and Iranian Hipsters Win Miami Film Festival Awards

The Miami International Film Festival, which ended Sunday, has announced its competition winners. The Best Miami Mini Film was awarded to Where It Stops by local filmmaker Kyle Shea. As you'll see in the above clip, it's an intense and uncomfortable short film about aging. Yet with all the gambling and guns, it looks like the cast of the Sopranos was replaced by that of the Golden Girls. (Considering the upcoming exhibition "Golden Gals Gone Wild," it might be the year of the raging old lady.)

Other winners in the Florida Focus program:
Best Short Film by High School Student: Last Laugh by David Harrison of DASH
Best Short Film by College Student: Blooming Hope by Marcela Moyna-Rosero of St. Thomas University

In the documentary category, one film took home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award: Sins of My Father. It's the story of mustached druglord Pablo Escobar as told by his son. If you missed it at the festival, look for it on HBO this fall. Here's the trailer:

In the world competition, French/Filipino film Lola won the Grand Jury Prize. And Iranian hipster flick Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats won the Audience Award. The Persian Cats soundtrack (already popular in Europe) will be released in the States April 13 on Milan Records. But it looks like the three festival screenings were Miami's only chance to see it on the big screen. IFC Films plans to release it in theaters solely in L.A. and New York.

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Amanda McCorquodale