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"A Sort of Family" Wins Grand Prize At Miami Film Festival
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A Sort of Family (Una especia de familia), directed by Diego Lerman, won Best Film and the $30,000 Grand Prize that goes with it at Miami Dade College’s 2018 Miami Film Festival which wrapped this past Sunday (3/18).

Earning Best Director distinction was Mateo Gil for The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las leyes de la termodinamica).

There was a three-way tie for the Documentary Achievement Award among: When the Beat Drops, directed by jamal Sims; Amigo Skate helmed by Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar; and Liyana directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp.

Here’s a rundown of winners:

KNIGHT COMPETITION:
BEST FILM
: $30,000 GRAND PRIZE – A Sort of Family (Una especie de familia) (ARGENTINA, Campo Cine – Directed by Diego Lerman)

BEST DIRECTOR: $5,000 PRIZE– MATEO GIL for The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las leyes de la termodinámica) (SPAIN)

BEST PERFORMANCE: $5,000 PRIZE – Cesar Troncoso for Another Story of the World (Otra historia del mundo) (URUGUAY)

JURY: Ciro Guerra, Manuel Martín Cuenca, Ximena Caminos

KNIGHT MADE IN MIA AWARD:
BEST FILM
: $10,000 PRIZE – Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys (USA, directed by David Abel)

HBO IBERO-AMERICAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION:
BEST FILM
: $10,000 PRIZE –  La familia (VENEZUELA/CHILE/NORWAY, La Pandilla Producciones, directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova)
JURY: Leslie Cohen, Antonio Méndez Esparza, Angel Manuel Soto

JORDAN RESSLER SCREENWRITING COMPETITION:
BEST SCREENPLAY
: $10,000 PRIZE –  XAVIER LEGRAND for Custody (FRANCE)
Honorable Mention:  Ana Urushadze for Scary Mother (GEORGIA/ESTONIA)
JURY: Matthew Porterfield, Jane Schoettle, Rudi Goblen
 
KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
BEST FILM: $10,000 PRIZE (3-WAY TIE)
:
When The Beat Drops (USA), directed by Jamal Sims
Amigo Skate, Cuba (USA) directed by Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar
Liyana (USA/Swaziland/Qatar), directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp
 
ZENO MOUNTAIN AWARD
$5,000 Prize –  Carry That Weight: A Rockumentary (USA), directed by Brian J. Leitten

AUDIENCE AWARD (FEATURE FILM):
THE LAST SUIT (ARGENTINA/SPAIN), directed by Pablo Solarz

IMDB PRO SHORT FILM AWARD:
BEST FILM: $2,500 PRIZE
MOTHER (SPAIN), directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

AUDIENCE AWARD (SHORT FILM):
THE DRIVER IS RED (USA) directed by Randall Christopher

RENE RODRIGUEZ CRITICS AWARD:
BEST FILM
: La familia (VENEZUELA/CHILE/NORWAY, La Pandilla Producciones, directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova)

CINEMASLAM CHAMPIONRENE DE DIOS AND THE SOUTH BEACH SHARK CLUB (Miami Dade College)

Best Narrative Film: P.R.A. NATION – Jorge L. Martinez F. (University of Miami)

Best Director: Robert Ramos  – RENE DE DIOS AND THE SOUTH BEACH SHARK CLUB (Miami Dade College)

Best Writing: Robert Ramos  – RENE DE DIOS AND THE SOUTH BEACH SHARK CLUB (Miami Dade College)

Best Actor: Jaydev Hemrajani – ZINDAGI (University of Miami)

Best Actress: Samantha Miller – CHERRY (University of Miami)

Best Technical Achievement: RENE DE DIOS AND THE SOUTH BEACH SHARK CLUB (Miami Dade College)

Cinemaslam Audience AwardOpposite Sex by Lidia Rosa Hernandez from Center of Cinematography, Arts, and Television