Oaxaca FilmFest

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Oaxaca Film Fest
Location Oaxaca, Mexico
Founded 2010
Awards Agave
Number of films 306 (440 screenings)
45 countries (2011)

The Oaxaca FilmFest is an eight-days long film festival held every autumn in the colonial Mexican city of Oaxaca since 2010. The festival is composed of various categories and offers a large space in its selection to emerging directors and scriptwriters. In 2014, Oaxaca FilmFest 5 runs from October 4th to 11th.

After only three years since being founded, the festival has been listed by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the most attractive festivals for 2013 (Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, Annual List), which contributes to making it one of the most important film festival in Latin America.[1]

In 2012, Oaxaca FilmFest joined the Red Mexicana de Festivales Cinematograficos and hosted the annual conference in April 2013.[2]

History[edit]

The first edition of the festival was held in November 2010 under the name “Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente y Video en Oaxaca”. About 115 films from 30 different countries were part of the official selection.[3]

In 2011 the Oaxaca FilmFest Screenwriting Competition, Oaxaca FilmFest Work in Progress Section and Oaxaca FilmFest Film Market were established as part of the festival.[4]

The third edition of 2012 was the first one officially held under the name Oaxaca FilmFest. The festival continued its rapid growth by expanding its seleccion to about 190 films and 300 projections.[5]

With Oaxaca FilmFest 4 the time in which the festival takes changed from November to September.[6]

Awards[edit]

Each year the festival awards the Agave Award in various categories such as Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Narrative Short. In addition Oaxaca FilmFest rewards outstanding achievements (e.g. Best Actor or Best Production) with Honorary Awards.[7]

The awards are determined by an international jury.[8]

The Agave Award statuette was designed by the plastic artist Alejandro Santiago.[9]

Award Winners[edit]

Oaxaca FilmFest 2010[7][edit]

Category Film Director Country
Agave Award For Best Film La Soga Josh Crook Dominican Republic
Agave Award For Best Documentary The Cha-Wan Matchup Chuan Chung Taiwan
Agave Award For Best Short Film Interview Sebastian Marka Germany
Agave Award For The Best Film Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker La Pantera Negra Iyari Werita Mexico

Oaxaca FilmFest 2011[10][edit]

Category Film Director Country
Agave Award For Best Film Crebisnky Enrique Otero Spain
Agave Award For Best Documentary Paraiso for Sale Anayansi Prado USA
Agave Award For Best Short Film The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours Mauricio Arango USA
Agave Award For The Best Film Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker Fuego Inolvidable Fernando Benitez Mexico
Agave Award For Best Script Mask Of The Innocent Teresa Bruce USA
Agave Audience Choice Award Backlighting Kenia González Mexico

Oaxaca FilmFest 2012[11][edit]

Category Film Director Country
Agave Award For Best Narrative Feature Kurtulus Son Durak Yusuf Pirhasan Turkey
Agave Award For Best Documentary Feature Lemon Beth Levison and Laura Brownson USA
Agave Award For Best Narrative Short The Devil's Dosh Zachary Guerra USA
Agave Award For Best Documentary Short El último hielero Sandy Patch USA
Agave Award For Best Feature Screenplay Where Is Sofia? Bogdan Muresanu Romania

Oaxaca FilmFest 2013[12][edit]

Category Film Director Country
Award for Best Global Feature Tu seras un homme Benoit Cohen France
Award for Best Americas Feature Ruta de la Luna Juan Sebastián Jácome Ecuador, Panamá
Award for Best Emergence Feature Sommarstallet Marcus Werner Hed, Johan von Reybekiel Sweden, United Kingdom
Award for Best International Short Jack's Not Sick Anymore Chloe Domont USA
Award for Best International Documentary It's Better to Jump Mouna B Stewart, Gina M Angelone, Patrick A Stewart United States, Palestine
Award for Best Film Hecho en México Gajes del Oficio Mariana Gironella México
Award for Best International Screenwriter Bardo Miguel Ignacio Muzquiz Ojeda México
Award for Best Original Idea Inmigrante Susan Del Campo United States

Honorary Award Winners[edit]

Oaxaca FilmFest 2010[7][edit]

category film winner
Best Narrative Feature Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker La Pantera Negra Iyari Werita
Best Documentary Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker 13 Pueblos En Defensa Del Agua, El Aire Y La Tierra Francesco Taboada Tabone
Best Short Film Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker En La Mira Alejandro Sugich
Best Film Directed By A Oaxacan Filmmaker Dulces Sueños Pedro Alejandro Cadena Pérez and Marianna Díaz Meoño
Achievement In Direction By A Female Filmmaker Greening The Revolution Katie Curran
Best Student Film La Pantera Negra Iyari Werita
Best Experimental Film Beine Brechen Florian Krautkramer
Best Animated Film The Empress Lyle Pisio
Best Actor La Mission Benjamin Bratt
Best Actress Mortem Diana Rudychenko
Best Script La Soga Manny Perez
Best Musical Score La Soga Evan Wilson

Oaxaca FilmFest 2011[10][edit]

category film winner
Best Film Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker Maria Fernando Allende
Best Documentary Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker Jovenes Vivos Moises Zamora
Best Short Film Directed By A Mexican Filmmaker Contraluz: Fotografía Un Momento Que No Puedes Ver Kenia González
Best Animated Film La Increible Aventura Del Hombre De Jengibre Tod Polson
Best Actor Crebisnky Miguel De Lira
Best Actress Topo Gigo Is Dead Andrea Moro
Best Script Muerte Subita Adam Hall
Best Musical Score Crebisnky Pablo Pérez
Best Photography Lluvia Plañidera David Pisani
Best Festival Personality Jovenes Vivos Jaime

Oaxaca FilmFest 2012[11][edit]

category film winner
Best Soundtrack Vinyl Sara Sugarman
Best Art Direction Metamorphosis Jenny Ray
Best Production Design Vinyl Sara Sugarman
Best Cinematography Foreverland Celiana Cardenas
Best Actor A Night Javier Nunez Florian
Best Actress Kurtulus Son Durak Bilgin Belcim
Best Animated Short Safe Ginevra Boni
Best Experimental Short Here and Away Meena Nanji

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