Havana Film Festival

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Havana Film Festival
Habana Film Festival 2019 poster.jpg
Official 2019 Film Festival poster
LocationHavana, Cuba
AwardsGrand Coral prize
Websitehabanafilmfestival.com (in Spanish)

The Havana Film Festival is a Cuban festival that focuses on the promotion of Latin American filmmakers. It is also known in Spanish as Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana, and in English as International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana.[1] It takes place every year during December in the city of Havana, Cuba.


The inaugural International Festival of New Latin American Cinema was held on December 3, 1979, and more than 600 film directors of Latin America responded to the first call made by the Cuban Institute of the Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC). Its founders the included President of ICAIC, Alfredo Guevara, and the filmmakers Julio García Espinosa and Pastor Vega.[2]

As expressed in its founding convocation, the festival aimed to “promote the regular meeting of Latin American filmmakers who with their work enrich the artistic culture of our countries (…); ensure the joint presentation of fiction films, documentaries, cartoons and current events (…), and contribute to the international diffusion and circulation of the main and most significant productions of our cinematographies ”.[3]

In 2013 the Havana Film Festival announced that it was reappointing Iván Giroud as its President. Giroud had previously served as President from 1994-2010.[4]


Within the following categories, approximately 40 awards are given:[5]

  • Films
  • Documentaries
  • Animation
  • First Work
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
  • Other Awards, including a FIPRESCI prize

Grand Coral - First Prize winners (Fiction)[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
1979 (s) Colonel Delmira Gouveia Coronel Delmiro Gouveia Geraldo Sarno  Brazil
1979 (s) Maluala N/A Sergio Giral  Cuba
1980 Gaijin, a Brazilian Odyssey Gaijin - Os Caminhos da Liberdade Tizuka Yamasaki  Brazil
1981 They Don't Wear Black Tie Eles Não Usam Black-Tie Leon Hirszman  Brazil
1982 Time for Revenge Tiempo de Revancha Adolfo Aristarain  Argentina
1983 Up to Certain Point Hasta cierto punto Tomás Gutiérrez Alea  Cuba
1984 Memoirs of Prison Memórias do Cárcere Nelson Pereira dos Santos  Brazil
1985 (s) Frida Frida, naturaleza viva Paul Leduc  Mexico
1985 (s) Tangos, the Exile of Gardel El exilio de Gardel: Tangos Fernando Solanas  Argentina
1986 Hour of the Star A Hora da Estrela Suzana Amaral  Brazil
1987 A King and His Movie La película del rey Carlos Sorín  Argentina
1988 The South Sur Fernando Solanas  Argentina
1989 Last Images of the Shipwreck Últimas imágenes del naufragio Eliseo Subiela  Argentina
1990 Hello Hemingway N/A Fernando Pérez  Cuba
1991 Jericho Jericó Luis Alberto Lamata  Venezuela
1992 Forbidden Homework La tarea prohibida Jaime Humberto Hermosillo  Mexico
1993 Strawberry and Chocolate Fresa y chocolate Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío  Cuba
1994 The Beginning and the End Principio y fin Arturo Ripstein  Mexico
1995 Midaq Alley El callejón de los milagros Jorge Fons  Mexico
1996 Deep Crimson Profundo Carmesí Arturo Ripstein  Mexico
1997 Martín (Hache) N/A Adolfo Aristarain  Argentina
1998 Life is to Whistle La Vida es Silbar Fernando Pérez  Cuba
1999 Olympic Garage Garage Olimpo Marco Bechis  Argentina
2000 Me You Them Eu Tu Eles Andrucha Waddington  Brazil
2001 The Swamp La Ciénaga Lucrecia Martel  Argentina
2001 90 Miles 90 Millas Juan Carlos Zaldivar  United States
2002 (s) City of God Cidade de Deus Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund  Brazil
2002 (s) Suddenly Tan de repente Diego Lerman  Argentina
2003 Havana Suite Suite Habana Fernando Pérez  Cuba
2004 Whisky N/A Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll  Uruguay
2005 Blessed by Fire Iluminados por el fuego Tristán Bauer  Argentina
2006 Love for Sale O Céu de Suely Karim Aïnouz  Brazil
2007 Silent Light Stellet Lijcht Carlos Reygadas  Mexico
2008 Tony Manero N/A Pablo Larraín  Chile
2009 The Milk of Sorrow La Teta Asustada Claudia Llosa  Peru
2010 A Useful Life La vida útil Federico Veiroj  Uruguay
2011 Hell El Infierno Luis Estrada  Mexico
2012 NO N/A Pablo Larraín  Chile
2013 Heli N/A Amat Escalante  Mexico
2014 Behavior Conducta Ernesto Daranas  Cuba
2015 The Club El club Pablo Larraín  Chile
2016 Desierto N/A Jonás Cuarón  Mexico
2017 Alanis N/A Anahí Berneri  Argentina
2018 Birds of Passage Pájaros de verano Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego  Colombia
2019 The Sleepwalkers Los sonámbulos Paula Hernández  Argentina

Awards by nation[edit]

 Argentina 12
 Mexico 9
 Brazil 8
 Cuba 7
 Chile 3
 Uruguay 2
 Peru 1
 United States


  1. ^ Havana Film Festival at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ "Fundadores". Habana Film Festival. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Fundadores". Habana Film Festival. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Iván Giroud Reappointed Director of the Havana Film Fest". Cinema Tropical. Cinema Tropical. 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  5. ^ Havana Film Festival Archived 2007-02-18 at the Wayback Machine website, Awards section.

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