Organisers at the Miami International Film Festival presented their awards on Sunday [10] prior to a screening of the documentary Venus And Serena.

“What a great way to usher in the next 30 years of film magic. We are just getting started as we celebrate the milestone of the festival’s first three decades,” said Miami Dade College president Dr Eduardo J Padrón.

“This gem of a festival will continue soaring to new heights and take its rightful place alongside the very best film festivals in the world, as we train the next generation of film-makers at MDC. I commend Jaie, his team and all the college volunteers for making this the best year ever.”
“MIFF’s 30th Anniversary edition was even more successful than we could have ever dreamed,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante. “As we close this 2013 edition, we can’t help but look forward to 2014.”
“The Miami International Film Festival brings the best of world cinema to Miami, inspiring not only South Florida audiences but our growing community of filmmakers who are helping to tell Miami stories,” said Dennis Scholl, vp of arts for Knight Foundation.
“Lexus is proud to be a part of another successful competition, recognizing all nine talented filmmakers from Latin America that were nominated for the Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Award this year,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vp of marketing. “Lexus congratulates Guillermo and Carlos and their positive contributions to the film industry.”

Knight Ibero-American Competition
Knight Grand Jury Prize: So Much Water (Tanta Agua), dirs. Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Uruguay, Mexico, Netherlands).

Grand Jury Best Performance: The cast of A Gun In Each Hand (Una Pistola En Cada Mano) (Spain), dir Cèsc Gay.

Grand Jury Best Director: Ana Piterbarg for Everybody Has A Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan) (Spain, Argentina, Germany).

Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award
Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge for So Much Water (Tanta Agua).

Knight Documentary Competition
Knight Grand Jury Prize: Gideon’s Army, dir Dawn Porter (USA).

Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition
Tie between:

Solo (Uruguay, Argentina, Netherlands, France), dir Guillermo Rocamora: and

The Swimming Pool (La Piscina) (Cuba, Venezuela), dir Carlos Machado Quintela.

Honourable Mention: Villegas (Argentina, Netherlands, France), dir Gonzalo Tobal.

University Of Miami Shorts Competition
Best Short Film: Anna And Jerome (France), dir Mélanie Delloye.

Miami Future Cinema Critics Award
Miami Future Cinema Critics Award to Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong) (China), dir Zhang Yuan.

Previously announced Miami Encuentros prize-winner: All About The Feathers (Por Las Plumas), dir Neto Villalobos.

Previously announced Cinemaslam Grand Prize winner: CANT, dir Sam Shaib.