Pablo Larrain’s Chilean foreign language Oscar submission, No, prevailed in the International Feature Competition at the weekend (17) as the four-day event came to a close in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos.
The jury, comprising Josh Lucas, Alejandro de Icaza and Screen International US editor Jeremy Kay, also awarded a special mention to Kristina Nikolova’s Bulgarian feature directorial debut Faith, Love And Whiskey.
The International Documentary Competition winner was Bess Kargman’s First Position. Jurors were Nicolas Echevarria, Carla Gonzalez and Bobby Rocks.
Juan Pablo Zaramella’s Luminaris won the International Short Film contest and jurors Alberto Resendiz Gomez, Michael Gottwald and William Mapother gave a special mention to Zhi Li’s You’re Serious.
In the Mexican Feature Competition jurors Carlos Carrera, Andrea Stavehagen and Godfrey Cheshire awarded the prize to Nicolás Pereda’s Los Mejores Temas and a special mention to Rezeta by Luis Fernando Frías.
Carlos Rossini, Emiliano Altuna and Diego Enrique Osorno’s El Alcalde shared the Mexican Documentary Competition prize with Luciana Kaplan’s La Revoluciòn De Los Alcatraces. Jurors were Marta Sosa, Alberto Cortés and Tao Ruspoli.
In the Mexican Short Film section, jurors Kyzza Terrazas, Mariana Rodríguez and Adam Kassen awarded first prize to Yaasib Vázquez’s Yuban. Lorenza Manrique’s Un Ojo earned a special mention.
Carey Dunn received the Best Screenplay prize sponsored by Virgin’s Virgin Produced By label for his script Materminated.
Earlier in the night there were honorary awards for Diego Luna, Nicolas Echevarria, Michael Apted, Ed Norton, Melissa Leo, Matt Dillon and Virginia Madsen.
Industry events included an on-stage interview with Apted and panels on distribution and financing featuring among others IM Global’s Jonathan Deckter, Mimi Steinbauer of Radiant Films International and CBS Films’ Scott Shooman.
Senior international programmer and industry liaison Nancy Collet helped advise on the overall structure of the festival, which was founded by real estate mogul and Corona family scion Eduardo Sanchez Navarro with the help of festival directors Scott Cross and Sean Cross.