Francisco Vargas Quevedo's El Violin from Mexico and Marco Williams' Banished from the USA won the respective Ibero-American drama and documentary competition sections at the 24th annual Miami International Film Festival during the awards evening on Saturday night (March 10).

Meanwhile, Andrea Arnold's much acclaimed Red Road won the World Cinema competition section which was voted on by Raoul Peck, Christine Vachon and Bernardo Zupnik.

Each of the three films took home a $25,000 Knight Grand Jury Prize, part of a $250,000 prize sum donated for the first time this year by the John S and James L Knight Foundation.

The Ibero-American documentary jury, consisting of Cynthia Lopez, Mike Maggiore and Rob Williams, also awarded a special jury prize to Carles Bosch's Septembers.

The Ibero-American dramatic jury, consisting of Tania Blanch, Bertha Navarro and Jim Stark, gave special mentions to Vasco Pedroso's score in The Night Of The Sunflowers (Spain), to Carla Ribas' performance in Alice's House (Brazil) and to Paz Encina, the director of Paraguayan Hammock.

The World Cinema jury also gave a special mention to the performance of actress Bar Belfer in Orded Davidoff's Israeli feature Someone To Run With and to Kirsi Marie Liimatainen's German film Sonja.

Red Road also won the FIPRESCI prize, while the audience awards went to Dror Shaul's Sweet Mud in the World section, Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo's The Night Of The Sunflowers in the Ibero-American dramatic section and Alberto Arvelo's To Play And To Fight from Venezuela in the Ibero-American documentary section.

Felipe Martinez's Bluff from Colombia won the Latin America Caribbean FedEx Audience Award, while Kirill Mikhanovsky's Fish Dreams from Brazil won the Heineken Red Star Award for originality, innovation and vision.

The festival ran from March 2 to 11 and was notable for three domestic deals closed there.

LA-based FiGa Films bought North American rights to Alice's House in a deal negotiated between FiGa's Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia with producers Patrick LeBlanc and Zita Carvahosa.

Netflix's Red Envelope picked up Tata Amaral's Antonia about an all-girl singing group in Brazil. Bahman Naraghi, the head of original content at Netflix, brokered the deal with Amaral and co-producer Georgia Costa Arujo.

Meanwhile Miami-based Venevision picked up Colombian box office hit A Ton Of Luck.