When Evil Lurks

Source: Courtesy of Ventana Sur

When Evil Lurks

Horror When Evil Lurks, drama León – both from Argentina – and fantasy drama Almamula, a co-production between Argentina, Italy and France, were among the winners as Ventana Sur came to a close on Friday in Buenos Aires.

The prizes come with development and/or completion funds, or attendance at partner events, underscoring Ventana Sur’s reputation as a critical support platform for Latin American content.

Demian Rugna’s Blood Window Screenings Award winner When Evil Lurks, the first Spanish-language production for Shudder in co-production with Aramos Cine and Machaco Films, got a first market screening in post-production. The theatre was packed to the brim and earned enthusiastic plaudits.

The Blood Windows Screenings Award is granted in partnership with Sitges, which will present the film at next year’s Marché du Film and select it at its 56th edition in October 2023.

Buzz project León directed by Andrea Nachón and Papu Curotto took the Cine Plus Award in the Primer Corte sidebar. It comes with €15,000 for the French distributor that acquires the film in the next two years. León revolves around a mourning woman who must rebuild her family and is produced by Hain Cine.

Almamula is a fantasy drama by first-timer Juan Sebastián Torales. The film follows 12-year-old Nino, who is attacked for being homosexual. To protect him, his father accepts a job in a mountainous area and takes the whole family with him. Produced by Tu Vas Voir, Twins Latin Films and presented at Copia Final, Almamula took the €15,000 award for distribution to the French distributor.

In the Proyecta section, one of the prizes went to The Beach House, the debut of Kim Elizondo. An editor – like Torales – Elizondo has made a romantic dramedy with absurd touches around a woman who cannot understand how her “charming prince” suddenly disappears. The prize comes with an accreditation for one of the producers of the project to participate at the Producers Network 2023 of the Cannes’ Marché du Film. It is produced by Gabriela Fonseca at Costa Rica’s Bicha Films (Un Certain Regard entry in 2022 Domingo And The Mist, directed by Ariel Escalante).

Jérôme Paillard, the co-director of Ventana Sur alongside Bernardo Bergeret, summarised the event: “In short, I would say that this edition has exceeded our expectations, especially regarding the quality of the projects proposed in the different sections and the welcome they received from professionals. For some of them, Latin Americans and Asians in particular, it was still their first market since the pandemic. This shows the energy and the joyful atmosphere that prevailed during these five days.”

2022 Ventana Sur awards winners:


Cine Plus Club: Cine Plus Award
León (Arg) dir. Andrea Nachón, Papu Curotto

Titrafilm Award
Sariri (Chil) dir. Laura Donoso

Sofía Films Award

Betania (Bra) dir. Marcelo Botta

Nmf Y Color Front Award

LaMayor Cine
Goodbye Love (Mex) dir. Indra Villaseñor Amador

Xibalba Monster (Mex) dir. Manuela Irene 

Paraguayan Loves (Bra) dir. Janaína Marques


Cine Plus Club: Cine Plus Award
Almamula (Arg-Fra-It) dir. Juan Sebastián Torales 

Titrafilm Award
Correspondent (Arg) dir. Emiliano Serra 

We Shall Not Be Moved (Bra) dir. Pierre Saint Martin Castellanos


Netflix Award
Convince Me (Arg) dir. Vera Fogwill

BBC Studios Award

Timecode (Bol) dir. Mauricio Zeballos

Gualicho (Arg) dir. Pendiente


Marché du Film–Festival de Cannes Award

The Beach House (CR) dir. Kim Elizondo


Blood Window Screenings Award
When Evil Lurks (Arg) dir. Demian Rugna

Fant. Latina / Women in Fan

The Visitors (Uru) dir. Lucía Nieto Salazar

Sitges, Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia Award

The Glimpse (Uru) dir. Guillermo Carbonell

Bifan/NAFF Award
Plasma (Chil) dir. Daniel Aspillaga

Apima Asociación de Productores Independientes de Medios Audiovisuales Awards
Anomic (Col) dir. Andrés Beltrán Nossa

Terror Molins Film Festival Award
The Queen (Arg) dir. Jimena Monteoliva 

Cine Qua Non Lab
The Glimpse

La Mayor Award

The Horned Frog (Arg) dir. Augusto Sinay


MIFA/Annecy - Special mentions

The Friends (Bra) dir. Lucía Nieto Salazar
Teke Uneka (I Don’t Understand You, Arg-Col-Sp) dir. Marcelo Dematei

MIFA/Annecy Awards

The Impossible Future (Arg) dir. Martín Haas, Antonio Balseiro
Esther (Arg) dir. Ezequien Torres


Chocó: The Land And The Monsters (Col) dir. Estefanía Piñeres Duque
My Dad The Truck (Col) dir. María Cristina Pérez

Other prizes

Elementarians (Arg) dir. Pablo Conde

Weird Animation, Video games & New Media Market

Quirino Awards

The Impossible future
Kiing Gastão

La Liga
Chocó: The Land And The Monsters

LatinX Animation Award
Witch’s Business (Chil) dir. Alejandra Jaramillo 


Gender - DAC Award
Diamond (Boli) dir. Yashira Jordán
The Marriage (Brazil) dir. Maíra Bühler

APIMA Gender Award
Blue Green (Mex) dir. Paulina Urreta Torres


Trieste Film Festival - APCLAI
In The Shade Of Light (Chil) dir. Isabel Reyes, Ignacia Merino

Crazy For Bento (Bra) dir. Giuliana Monteiro


Best Art Award
Beacon Of Neyda (Arg) dir. Christian Daniel Molina

Best Design Award
Chai (Arg) dir. Andrea Odreman,

Best Technical Challenge Award
Project R (Chil) dir. Branko Milic.