LALIFF’s five-day event concludes with closing night screening of Nosotros Los Nobles and award ceremony in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA
‘Esther en Alguna Parte’ from Gerardo Chijona receives the Rita Award for best film
‘Ponchao’ wins the LALIFF 2013 Audience Award
‘Esther en Alguna Parte’ wins the award for best script, honorable mention for ‘Amor Cronico’
‘Princesas Rojas’ best Opera Prima, honorable mention for ‘Water & Power’
‘Justice for My Sister’ wins the award for best documentary
‘El Cocodrilo’ for best short
Miriam Kruishoop receives nod as best director for ‘Greencard Warrior’
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) concluded its 16th event with the US premiere of one of Mexico’s most successful films, “NOSOTROS LOS NOBLES,” directed, co-written and co-produced by Gaz Alazraki (“Volver, Volver”, and “Respete la Señales”). The Closing Night Gala Celebration was held on Monday, October 14th, 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown, Los Angeles.
“The greatest feeling in the world is when something has been created that no one has ever seen before. And you’re the one who is seeing it for the first time”
The festival’s biggest winners were also announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony sponsored by Cine Latino and Pantelion Films. “ESTHER EN ALGUNA PARTE” directed by Gerardo Chijona took home the Rita Award as Best Film. “JUSTICE FOR MY SISTER” won the award for Best Documentary and “PRINCESAS RJOAS” for Best Opera Prima. Lastly, EL COCODRILO won the prize for Best Short Film. See the complete list of winners below.
LALIFF Executive Director, Programmer and Co-Founder Marlene Dermer quoted Abraham Lincoln saying “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
The festival featured 62 films, including 28 features, 11 documentaries and 23 shorts. In addition to the film screenings, the festival hosted filmmaker panels on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th with Closing Night Gala after-party presented by Cine Latino. LALIFF’s highlights included, Pablo Ferro, 16th GABI Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition to his contribution to the entertainment industry in the Hispanic filmmaking community; more than than 80 film and television shows, during his 40 year career. “The greatest feeling in the world is when something has been created that no one has ever seen before. And you’re the one who is seeing it for the first time.” said Pablo Ferro
Winners of the 16th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival:
Best Feature Film (RITA AWARD): Esther en Alguna Parte
Director: Gerardo Chijon
Best Documentary: Justice for My Sister
Director: Kimberly Bautista
Country: United States/Guatemala
Best Opera Prima: Pricesas Rojas
Director: Laura Astorga
Country: Costa Rica
Honorable Mention: Water & Power
Best Short Film: El Cocodrilo
Director: Steve Acevedo
Audience Choice Award: Ponchao
Director: Josh Crook
Country: Dominican Republic
Best Director: Miriam Kruishoop for Greencard Warrior
Best Script: Esther en Alguna Parte
Honorable Mention: Amor Cronico
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The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producer Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally & internationally. To develop audiences for such films and in the process bring awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world.
A competitive festival with prizes, LALIFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town.