Guillermo Casanova's El Viaje Hacia El Mar, Marcelo Ferrari's Subterra and Boris Quercia's Sexo Con Amor split the lion's share of the top awards at the 29th edition of the Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 8-15), a premiere event solidifying the ever more important links between the Spanish and Latin American film industries.
Huelva also played host to a three-day Co-Production Forum (Nov 9-11) bringing together mostly Latin American projects with potential Spanish and European financiers, and a meeting between Argentinean and Spanish industry reps out of which emerged a framework for fomenting further co-productions.
The Spanish Film Academy additionally capitalised on the event to announce the nine Latin American films which will compete for this year's Goya award for best Spanish-language film.
They include: Ricardo Sorin's Historias Minimas (Arg), Andres Waissbluth's Los Debutantes (Ch), Luis Alberto Restrepo's La Primera Noche (Col), Fernando Perez's Suite Havana (Cuba), Javier Arregui's Fuera De Juego (Ec), Jose Luis Garcia Agraz's El Misterio Del Trinidad (Mex), Alvaro Guelarde's El Destinto No Tiene Favoritos (Peru), Guillermo Casanova's El Viaje Hacia El Mar (Uru) and Leonardo Enriquez's Sangrador (Ven).
In the festival competition, Casanova's El Viaje Hacia El Mar went home to Uruguay with the Golden Columbus for best film and best actor for Hugo Arana. Chile's Subterra won best director for Ferrari, best photography for Esteban Courtalon and the coveted public's prize. Also from Chile, director Quercia picked up the Silver Carabela for his Sexo Con Amor, which also won a special jury prize for its entire cast.
Brazil's Gabriela Duarte won best actress for O Vestido and Venezuela's Amor En Concreto picked by the best original script prize.