For its ninth edition, the Monterrey International Film Festival decided to invite our closest neighbor to our city, the United States, and offer Nuevo León’s film lovers a look of what this country’s filmmakers have to offer outside of Hollywood’s productions.
The fiction drama “Upstream Color”, written, directed, produced, edited and performed by American Shane Carruth, was selected to embellish the Festival’s inauguration gala. The Festival took place from August 22 thru September 1st, 2013, and was attended by 17,359 people.
One year away from celebrating its first decade, the Monterrey IFF looked to broaden its positive impact on society and together with its regular activities, such as the International Animation Encounter and Film Industry Day, this year it partnered with the organization Enlaces Con Tacto, A.C. to offer a stop motion animation workshop for girls from the De La Armonía children’s home, who had the opportunity of creating their own short films and screening them in the Festival’s program.
This year a special effort was also made to take the Monterrey IFF to marginalized communities where some of the films from the official selection were screened. A contest was also organized under the name Fotogramas de Ayuda, which awarded winners support to produce a video to help women who are victims of violence, and to develop an individual video project. The year’s three Tributes stayed home. Two were handed to the great Mexican actor Ignacio López Tarso, who received the Cabrito de Plata for his Career Achievement, and the Cabrito de Cristal as a Icon of Mexican Cinema. The renowned actress Angélica Aragón was another Mexican honored by the 9th Monterrey IFF and also received the Cabrito de Cristal award.
The Festival’s jury was formed by Juan Antonio de la Riva, Miguel Ángel Mendoza and Víctor Saca in the feature films category; Cristina Venegas, Drew Mayer Oakes and Nicole Opper in the Mexican feature films category; and Gabriel Guzmán, Hernán Galindo and Luis Téllez in the short films category.
Best International Animation Feature Film
O Apóstolo directed by Fernando Cortizo
Best International Fiction Feature Film
Nairobi half life directed by Tosh Kitonga
Best International Documentary Feature Film
Himself He Cooks directed by Valerie Berteau and Philippe Witjes
Audience Award For Best International Feature Film
Nairobi Half Life directed by Tosh Gitonga
Best International Animation Short Film
Yeon-ae-no-ri (Love games) directed by Joung Yumi
Best International Documentary Short Film
Hua Duo directed by Huaquing Jin
Special Mention to Suddenly Night Falls directed by Gonzalo Gerardin And María Paula Trocchia,
Best International Fiction Short Film
Sub directed by Jossie Malis Álvarez
Special Mention to Tin & Tina directed by Rubin Stein
Best Mexican Fiction Feature Film
The Searches directed by José Luis Valle
Best Mexican Documentary Feature Film
Celso Piña. The Accordion Rebel directed by Alfredo Marrón
Special Mention for Eufrosina’s Revolution directed by Luciana Kaplan
Audience Award For Best Mexican Feature Film
Rosario directed by Shula Erenberg
Best Nuevo Leon Feature Film
The Man of the Gerberas directed by David Carrizosa “Davek”
Best Mexican Animation Short Film
A Day in the Family directed by Pedro “Zulu“ González
Special Mention to Rain in the Eyes directed by Rita Basulto
Best Mexican Documentary Short Film
The Hushed Up Music directed by Andrea Oliva Marcial
Best Mexican Fiction Short Film
Scoundrels directed by David Figueroa García
Special Mention to Another Galaxy directed by Juan Félix Díaz González
Best Nuevo Leon Short Film
At The End of October directed by Luciano Pérez Savoy
Special Mention to The Last Preacher directed by Pablo Alejandro Gómez Canales