Fernando Venturini's acclaimed thriller Three Nights (Tres Noches) swept the board at Venezuela's equivalent to the Oscars, the Premios de la Calidad 2001 awarded by state-backed local film institute, CNAC.
Three Nights won eight out of its 13 nominations, including awards for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Director of Photography (Hernan Toro), Editing (Miguel Angel Garcia) and Supporting Actor (Jean Carlos Lopez).
Gustavo Balza's Caracas Amor A Muerte took home the Best Debut Feature. Bio epic Manuela Saenz by Diego Risquez capped its local box office success with three prizes, Best Actress for Cuban thespian Beatriz Valdes, Best Sound and Best Soundtrack. A La Media Noche Y Media won Best Production Design and Art Direction.
Sangrador grabbed two awards, Best Actor for Daniel Alvarado and Best Sound.
Among competing shorts, Fosa Comun by Alejandro Bellame, won all eight of its nominations.