Guadalajara Wraps Triumphant Return to In-Person Format with Animated Award Ceremony

International Animated Feature
This year’s festival hosted screenings for 164 films, 96 of them in competition. Nearly 1,600 accredited guests attended and 390 journalists from 140 media outlets covered the event in person. Meanwhile, almost 60,000 people tuned in to watch streams on the FICG YouTube channel, with a quarter-million engagements of videos posted to the fest’s Facebook.
Best Feature
“Domingo” (Raul Lopez Echeverria)
“Dirty Feathers” (Carlos Alfonso Corral)
“Before I Die” (Iker Esteibarlanda)
Mario Secco, ("The Comedian")
Honorable Mention
Premio Maguey (LGBTQ+)
And I hope they put this video on YouTube because I want to dedicate this award to my mother." “It's wonderful that this movie exists," said Nuncio at the ceremony. "The truth is, I got to work with very talented people on this movie and I think that's the only reason I'm up here.
“The Sky is Red” (Francina Corbonell)
Jury Prize
In a ceremony marked by laughter, tears, a lot of hugs and a celebration of a return to watching films al vivo, the 36th Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) came to a close with the presentation of a long list of prizes to some of Latin America’s top filmmakers, many whose names are well-known in Mexico and across the region and many whose names will, no doubt, be well-known in the future.
Honorable Mention
“Bestia” (Hugo Covarrubias)
Maria Romanillos (“Las Consecuencias”)
“Steakhouse” (Spela Cadez)” />
Sergio Armstrong (“Inmersion”)
Eryk Rocah, Jorge Chechile (“Edna”)
Honorable Mention
Ilse Salas (“Plaza Catedral”)
Debut Feature
“My Sunny Maad” (Mechaela Pavlatova)
Best Picture
Fernando Xavier de Casta (“Plaza Catedral”)
Honorable Mention
Lead actors Ilse Salas and Fernando Xavier de Casta took the nights top acting prizes for their work in Abner Benaim's "Plaza Catedral," The gut-punch drama turns on Alicia, mourning the loss of her 13-year-old son in an accident, who is approached by a witty teen named Chief who pressures her to pay protection money for him to watch her car. She does her best to avoid the young man, until he shows up at her door with a gunshot wound.
“Nos Hicieron Noche” (Antonio Hernandez)
Premio Mezcal
Ivan Caceres (“Mis Hermanos Suenan Despiertos”)
“Our Bodies are Your Battlefields” (Isabella Solas)
Audience Prize
Attendance and participation in the festival, Latin America’s largest and one of its most prestigious, represented a significant increase over last year’s Covid-battered festival. Next year’s edition promises to be bigger still and with an even larger industry contingent as work is well underway on a new facility to house a larger film market for buyers, sellers, and regional film commissions and production houses.
“La Llevada y la Traid” (Ofelia Medina)
Premio Mezcal Joven
“Vales de Santo Domingo” (Tatiana Fernandez Geara)
The awards ceremony was followed by the Mexican premiere of two episodes of the upcoming animated Netflix release “Maya and the Three,” presented by creator-showrunner Jorge Gutierrez, who also hosted a masterclass at this year's festival.
This year's Audience Award went to “Poderoso Victoria” by Raúl Ramón, a turn-of-the-century period drama about a mining town in decline.
Feature Documentary Iberoamericano
Claudia Huaiquimilla, Pablo Greene (“Mis Hermano Suenan Despiertos”)
Tragically, the non-professional actor who played Chief was killed in an act of gang violence only months before the film's premiere, meaning that Benaim had to step in and tearfully accept the recognition on the young man's behalf.
Nicolas Postiglione (“Inmersion”)
“Manchester Acatitla” (Selma Cervantes)
“Tobi Szinei” (Alexa Bakony)
“Mostro” (Jose Pablo Escamilla)
"Actually making films in Mexico, and even more so in this last stage of the pandemic, has put us in an unprecedented situation," said Ramón. I thank my team for the support and for the passion that they have put into this film since it was written, filmmed and released. Hopefully we will return to the movie theaters soon!” "I can only thank the FICG for recognizing the work of our team.
Ibero-American Feature – Fiction
Luiz Bolognesi (“A Ultima Floresta”)
Best Picture
Lara Tremouroux (“Medusa”)
Premio Hecho en Jalisco (Made in Jalisco)
Best Picture
Inmersion by Nicolas Postiglione
In a contradiction fit for the movies, Rodrigo Guardiola and Gabriel Nuncio's "The Comedian," a film all about failure, took top honors as this year's best Mexican film in competition with cinematographer Mario Secco scooping the best cinematography prize for his work on the film.
“The Comedian” (Rodrigo Guardiola, Gabriel Nuncio)
Animated feature "My Sunny Maad" continued its run of fine form, taking the prize for Best International Animated Feature, having previously scored the Jury Award at Annecy, the world's most prestigious animation festival held in June. Brazilian claymation feature “Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People," another Annecy standount, also scored an honerable mention.
Ibero-American Short
“Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People” (Cesar Cabral)
“Mis Hermanso Suenan Depiertos” (Claudia Huaiquimill)
Best Mexican Film
“Poderoso Victoria” (Raul Ramon)
Honorable Mention
Premio Internacional Rigo Mora for Animated Short
Honorary Mention

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