aluCine 15th Latin Film + Media Arts Festival
aluCine’s festival awards exist to reward the talent, creativity and unique filmmaking capabilities of local and foreign artists and their ability to move audiences with their innovative and inspiring work. We celebrate each of their distinct styles and the unique lens through which they view the world.
aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival Announces the 2015 Award Winners:
aluCine Best Film Award:
All films are eligible, sponsored by aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival
$500 Cash Prize
Winner: Porcelana by Betzabé Garcia
An impeccably realized film told from the perspective of a young girl whose aunt has just died and whose cousins have come to stay for a few days. Director Betzabé Garcia exquisitely captures the innocence, curiosity, pain and cruelty of childhood. Beautifully shot and edited. Excellent performances. Fabulous sound design and an exquisite story that stays with you for days.
Best Canadian Film Award:
All Canadian works are eligible, sponsored by aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival and Canadian Filmmakers and Distribution Centre (CFDC)
$500 cash prize
Winner: Ruptura by Alejandro Valbuena
This experimental short film moves its viewers intimately through a woman’s emotional break down, and the struggle of her partner to shatter the real and imagined barriers between them. Applying dance to both mundane and emotionally complex scenarios, this film delivers visually stunning scenes that express a captivating story without falling back on conventional tropes. Ruptura is a unique and resonant work of art.
Honourable mention: Orishas by Felipe Ramírez-Rodríguez
Visually stunning, emotionally engaging experimental dance-animation created using custom code, a Kinect sensor and a webcam. A feat of technology and artistic vision the jury wanted to give Orishas director Felipe Ramirez a special mention for this exceptional film.
Best Animated Film:
All animated films are eligible
$300 cash prize
Winner: Historia de Un Oso by Gabriel Osorio Vargas
Is an absolutely magnificent feat of 3D animation, blending multiple textures and strongly evoking a StopMotion aesthetic. Directed by Gabriel Osorio, it’s a beautifully told story within a story about a bear who is captured by goons working for the circus and loses his family. A children’s story, the film nonetheless works on many levels and evokes deeper political metaphors. Exceptional art direction and sound design.
Honourable mention: El Corazon del Sastre by Sofia Carrillo
Through charming, intricate and delicate hand-made visuals, El Corazon del Sastre tells a visually dazzling story of an old tailor who finds emotional fulfillment through a journey marked by generosity.
aluCine Best Documentary Film:
Documentary Films are eligible
$300 cash prize
Winner: El Palacio by Nicolas Pereda
A recurring theme within Nicolas Pereda’s body of work is the illumination of the everyday lives of Mexico’s working class. El Palacio follows in that tradition, documenting the lives and stories of 17 women living under the same roof. The film employs unconventional and daring strategies to unravel a visually riveting narrative at the intersection of class, gender, economics, authority, social connection and community.
Honourable mention: Piscina municipal/Municipal Swimming Pool by Patricia Pérez
A public swimming pool is the foundation for Patricia Pérez’s documentary about a neighbourhood in Galicia, Spain. Featuring a diverse and engaging cast of residents, unified by their use of the local pool, the film weaves together a dynamic narrative of a community and the individuals it comprises.
Best Latin-Canadian Female Director Award:
All films made by female GTA-based artists are eligible, sponsored by Woman in Film & Television, WIFT
The winner receives a one year WIFT membership
This mentorship award goes to Maya Annik Bedward. Her short film The Foreigner, about a Canadian who is enticed into a sexy and dreamlike Brazilian dance party, demonstrates her ability to deliver stories that are playful, well-defined and visually compelling.
aluCine Best Audience Award:
$300 cash prize
This award goes to The Hand That Feeds by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick.
In one roller coaster year New York deli workers must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back-room negotiations, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighbourhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his compañeros won’t be exploited again.
Best Children’s Choice Award:
Kids will be able to choose the best film from our Shorts for Shorties programming.
This award goes to Malaika: La Princesa by Lizardo Carvajal.
Malaika is an african girl, princess of an elephant herd, who lives over the back of his father Komba. During the long journey on the search of waterholes, Malaika will understand that memory is the key of the survivals of the elephants.
Michelle van Beusekom – Moderator
Interim Director General of NFB English Program
English Program DG, NFB
Michelle van Beusekom is the Interim Director General of English-language production at the National Film Board, Canada’s public producer and distributor. She oversees creative direction, operations and finances for seven production studios from coast to coast. The NFB’s English Program has about 100 projects in production at any given time and releases approximately 45 works annually in its core genres: documentary, animation and interactive projects for new platforms. Through innovative works like Stories We Tell, Subconscious Password or Circa 1948, the NFB’s focus is on exploring the creative intersection between story, form and technology, and tackling subjects with strong social relevance.
Michelle joined the NFB in 2006 as the Assistant Director General of English Program. She was part of the management team that established the NFB’s first interactive production studio in 2009. In 2008, Michelle produced Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, a feature documentary showcasing the voices of 33 of the world’s leading documentarians. She was co-conceiver and content editor for the interactive project Here At Home.
Prior to joining the NFB, Michelle worked as a Program Development Manager for CBC Television, where she developed, commissioned and acquired a wide range of programming for the network. She has also worked as a Production Executive for the Women’s Television Network and was co-programmer of Planet in Focus: Toronto International Environmental Film Festival from 2000–2002.
Michelle is a firm believer in the role and possibilities of public media. She has an MA in political science and speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Aboriginal Arts Advocate and Educator
Kerry Potts (Teme-Augama Anishnaabe) is an Aboriginal arts advocate and educator. Potts served as Director of Development and part of the Programming Team at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, and has worked in indigenous arts for over 15 years. She has served on the Executive of National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition and Toronto’s Images Festival, and is the Chair of Native Women in the Arts. She an educator specializing in indigenous music and arts in Humber College’s Department of Liberal Studies, and is interested in art as a force of transformation and revitalization. Kerry is thrilled and honoured to be part of this year’s AluCine jury, and sends her heartfelt congratulations to all of the organizers and the talented artists who are part of this year’s festival!
Programmer, Curator and Writer
Elwood Jimmy works as a programmer, curator, writer, community animator, arts manager, and artist. He is originally from the Thunder child Indian Reserve in northwestern Saskatchewan. Over the last decade, he has been supported by a variety of organizations across the country in building and facilitating interdisciplinary projects that privilege collaboration, cross-cultural and cross-generational interaction around a variety of historical and contemporary narratives. Since moving to Toronto in 2012, Elwood has worked as a programmer for a number of film festivals including the Images Festival, the imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival, and the 8 Fest. Currently he is on contract with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, a community arts organization in the heart of Kensington Market. He is a co-host of the Vibe Collective, a weekly Hip Hop radio show, and a programmer for Bold As Love, a collective that presents new work in music and spoken word by Indigenous artists and artists of color.