Organisers at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival have announced the 21 films eligible for the Cine Latino Award. The festival kicks off on January 3.

The $7,000 cash prize is presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the festival and is sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University Of Guadalajara Foundation/USA.

“2013 has been a stellar year for the Ibero-American films,” said PSIFF Ibero-American programmer Hebe Tabachnik.

“The cinema from Latin America, Spain and Portugal has been abundant, diverse and proved again to be in the forefront for its innovative approach to subject matter and visual styles.”

“I thought last year’s official selection of the Cine Latino Award was of the highest level,” said Iván Trujillo Bolio, director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. 

“This year, the selection proves to be a significant platform to showcase Ibero-American cinema, and I have no doubt that the competition will be fierce.”

“The Cine Latino Award that the University Of Guadalajara Foundation in USA presents at Palm Springs for the second time serves as the ideal opportunity to accomplish one of our primary objectives: stimulate the creativity and talent of the Latin community,” said Lic. Raúl Padilla López, president of the University Of Guadalajara Foundation/USA. 

The eligible films are

  • 15 Years And One Day (Spain)
  • Anina (Uruguay-Colombia)
  • Coast Of Death (Spain)
  • Gloria (Chile-Spain)
  • Grazing The Sky (Spain-Portugal-Mexico)
  • Heli (Mexico-Germany-Netherlands-France)
  • Ignasi M (Spain)
  • La Jaula de Oro (Mexico-Spain)
  • Last Call (Mexico)
  • Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Spain)
  • Purgatorio (Mexico-USA)
  • Rabbit Woman (Argentina-Spain).
  • Reaching For The Moon (Brazil)
  • Roa (Colombia-Argentina)
  • Root (Chile)
  • Tattoo (Brazil)
  • The German Doctor (Argentina)
  • The Magnetic Tree (Spain-Chile)
  • The Mute (Peru-France-Mexico)
  • The Searches (Mexico)
  • The Summer Of Flying Fish (Chile-France).

Mercedes-Benz is a sponsor of the Cine Latino programme at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival runs through January 13.