International Feature Film Prize in l’Alternativa Official
The jury for International Feature Films in l’Alternativa Official at the 27th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Cíntia Gil, Sergi Moreno Castillo and Lucas Santos, met on 25 November 2020 and agreed unanimously to award the International Feature Film Prize to Um filme de verão, by Jo Serfaty (Brazil).
Um filme de verão has a wonderful way of communicating with its characters. Open and full of light, it looks to the future through unfailingly curious eyes.
The jury also awarded a Special Mention to A Shape of Things to Come, by Lisa Malloy and J. P. Sniadecki (United States).
A film that needs very little to go a long way on a journey that draws deeply from American popular culture as it explores the idea of radical and dissident ways of life and teases out connections between the land, the individual and society.
International Short Film Prize in l’Alternativa Official
The jury for International Short Films in l’Alternativa Official at the 27th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of María Palacios Cruz, Enric Ribes and Liliana Díaz Castillo, met on 25 November 2020 and agreed unanimously to award the International Short Film Prize to La Fin des rois, by Rémi Brachet (France).
The jury praises the artistic and social merit of a film that paints a multidimensional portrait of a Paris banlieue to reveal underlying issues while at the same time offering alternative narratives to precarious living conditions, isolation and patriarchal structures.
The jury also agreed unanimously to award Special Mentions to two films that treat their subjects with exquisite care and attention.
A sad se spušta veče, by Maja Novaković (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is to be praised for its universal message, poetic observation of everyday life and the harmonious communion between woman and nature. All of us were profoundly moved.
( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ), by Saúl Kak and Charles Fairbanks (Mexico), is to be praised for expertly capturing sound in public spaces, its powerful political message and the filmmakers' long-term commitment to the Zoque community in Chiapas.
Spanish Film Prize in l’Alternativa Official
The jury for Spanish Films in l’Alternativa Official at the 27th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Ylenia Cañadas, Marta Piñol Lloret and Arnau Vilaró, met on 25 November 2020 and agreed unanimously to award the Spanish Film Prize to La Mami, by Laura Herrero Garvín (Spain, Mexico).
An insightful social portrait that reveals the characters' profound mindset while skilfully blending fiction and documentary.
Don Quixote International Feature Film Prize l'Alternativa Official
The jury for the Don Quixote Prize at the 27th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Dakota Hone Gibbs, Salvador Matas Borrut and Santosh Pathare, met on 25 November 2020 and agreed unanimously to award the Don Quixote International Feature Film Prize to El año del descubrimiento, by Luis López Carrasco (Spain, Switzerland).
El año del descubrimiento explores the past through the present, and vice versa, and uses the words of the people in the film to try and understand where and when the precarious lives lived by so Spaniards today first emerged; it tells of universal truths based on all-too-often-forgotten local facts.
The jury also awarded a Special Mention to A Febre, by Maya Da-Rin (Brazil, France, Germany).
Eschewing any paternalism or stereotypes, this film offers us an insight into the current living conditions of the indigenous people of the Amazon and how they face up to contradictions in their life, family and culture.
Antaviana–Mentoring Projects Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
The jury for the Antaviana Prize, made up of Maria Rosa Fusté, Mireia Aragonés and Bernat Aragonés, has awarded the Antaviana–Mentoring Projects Prize, funded by the postproduction and digital effects company Antaviana Films, to the project Trini, directed by Marta Romero Coll and produced by Distinto Films.
An original film that tells an engaging family story.
Kinolux–Mentoring Projects Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
Enric Millet has awarded the Kinolux–Mentoring Projects Prize, funded by the professional film-lighting hire company Kinolux, to the project Tras la estrella, directed by Carlos Martínez Peñalver and produced by Omen.
A photographical approach to an experimental narrative that tells a realistic fictional story that gradually draw us in.
REC Primer Test–Mentoring Projects Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
Non Finito–Mentoring Projects Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
The winning project for the Non Finito–Mentoring Projects Prize, as chosen by the jury made up of Andrew Galletly, Silvia Masdeu and Alejandro Castillo—which will receive advice and assistance on sound design and final mix from Alejandro Castillo at Figtree Studios—is Ödland, directed by Otto Roca and produced by milpinton filmes.
An intriguing soundtrack to accompany inspired audiovisual creation.
Music Library & SFX–Mentoring Projects Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
The jury made up of Peter Stephens and Víctor Coronado has decided to award the Music Library & SFX–Mentoring Projects Prize—which goes to the shortlisted project with the best sound and music—to Trini, directed by Marta Romero Coll and produced by Distinto Films.
Although this is a deeply personal story, many people will be able to identify with the different generations and shared emotions, and the music takes us to the heart of the characters' story.
ACCIÓ CURTS de DONES VISUALS Prize
The jury appointed by Dones Visuals, made up of Kathy Sey, Mariola Cortés and Pablo Menéndez, has awarded the Acció Curts de Dones Visuals Prize to the short film Millor la llengua, de Mar Pawlowsky Ferret (Spain).
This tender story portrays healthy sexualities and proves that other forms of masculinities exist.
ACCIÓ CURTS ALUZINE Prize
The jury appointed by Dones Visuals, made up of Kathy Sey, Mariola Cortés and Pablo Menéndez, has awarded the Acció Curts Aluzine Prize, funded by the professional film-lighting hire company Aluzine, to the short film Thank you, sista!, by Sílvia Sopale and Luz Ruciello (Spain).
In the words of Ava: 'We should use light to sculpt rather than to whiten.' This story challenges us to face up to how we see and judge the world through the racist structures that permeate us all.