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The San Diego Latino Film Festival just called "cut" on its 19th season and with it comes their eternal gratitude to those who helped make is a success as well as awards time.

The festival doesn't end here. Coming soon are the Jewish Latino Film Series, Que Viva Cine Latino, and the annual Cinema en tu Idioma Series. And don't forget their year-round education programs (Spring/Summer Youth Media Camps, evening Digital Media Workshops, etc.). Click for more information.


Image Best Narrative Feature: El Infierno

Best Documentary Feature: El Lugar Mas Pequeno

Special Jury Prize (Documentary Feature): Unfinished Spaces

Best Animated Feature: Pequenas Voces

Image Best Narrative Short: Maddoggin’

Best Documentary Short: Walt Disney Square

Best Experimental Short: La Huida

Best Student Film: Nani

Best Local Film: El Abuelo

Best Animated Short: Prita Noire

Image Audience Award Winner (Narrative Feature): El Cuento Chino

Audience Award Winner (Documentary Feature): Paraiso for Sale

Jury Statements for the winning documentaries:

El Lugar Mas Pequeño (The Tiniest Place) "Is selected as Best Documentary for the way it expertly uses the tactile tools of cinema to powerfully transport us through time into the memory and loss of a people struggling to resurrect their lives. It is at once a powerful condemnation of the violence suffered by the Salvadoran people and a poetic contemplation of life after turmoil."

Unfinished Spaces "A Special Jury Prize is given to Unfinished Spaces for its original, dynamic and captivating approach to telling the history of the Cuban revolution. With clear direction, the film illuminates in a tangible way the relationship between art and architecture, and the enormous value of culture and arts in any society."


Admittedly, only 7 of the films that played the festival caught my critical gaze, but I am shocked that Pablo Larrain's Post Mortem, easily one of the 2 or 3 best films to be screened anywhere this year, went home empty. Hopefully Hillcrest or The Gaslamp will pick it up for theatrical release.

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