Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros' directorial debut, April Captains (Capitaes De Abril), will inaugurate this year's 26th annual Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, Spain (Nov 10-18).
Medeiros will also sit on the festival's official jury alongside Spanish director Juan Pinzas, Spanish critic Mirito Torreiro, and Brazilian producer Esdras Rubim, among others.
The 12 titles competing in the festival's official section for the top award, the Colon de Oro, include:
The Colon de Oro comes with a $27,000 (PTS5m) award and $13,500 (PTS2.5m) in distribution assistance for the winning film.
Huelva is also preparing sidebars dedicated to the latest in European cinema, the decade of Mexican cinema, Luis Bunuel, Iberoamerican films from the last year (not included in the official section), and Youth and Marginalisation in Iberoamerica. Tributes to veteran actors Federico Luppi of Argentina and Spain's Sara Montiel are also planned.