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Festival News: SDLFF Announces Award Winners

El Cuento Chino’ Takes Audience Award

Above: "El Infierno" won best narrative film at the 2012 SDLFF.

The 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival just announced the 2012 Premio Corazon Award Winners

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Best Narrative Feature: "El Infierno"


Best Documentary Feature: "El Lugar Mas Pequeno"


Special Jury Prize (Documentary Feature): "Unfinished Spaces"


Best Animated Feature: "Pequenas Voces"


Best Narrative Short: "Maddoggin’"

Best Documentary Short: "Walt Disney Square"


Best Experimental Short: "La Huida"


Best Student Film: "Nani"


Best Local Film: "El Abuelo"


Best Animated Short: "Prita Noire"



Audience Award Winner (Narrative Feature): "El Cuento Chino"



Audience Award Winner (Documentary Feature): "Paraiso for Sale"



Jury Statements for the winning documentaries:



"El Lugar Más Pequeño" ("The Tiniest Place"):
"Is selected as Best Documentary for the way it expertly uses the tactile tools of cinema to powerfully transport us through time into the memory and loss of a people struggling to resurrect their lives. It is at once a powerful condemnation of the violence suffered by the Salvadoran people and a poetic contemplation of life after turmoil."



"Unfinished Spaces":
"A Special Jury Prize is given to Unfinished Spaces for its original, dynamic and captivating approach to telling the history of the Cuban revolution. With clear direction, the film illuminates in a tangible way the relationship between art and architecture, and the enormous value of culture and arts in any society."


Documentary Competition Jury Members:


Marcela Goglio – Curator, Latinbeat!, Film Society of Lincoln Center


Edwin Martínez – Filmmaker (“To Be Heard”)


Guillermo Vázquez – Executive Director, Puerto Rico Film Society



Narrative Feature Jury:


Gina Rodriguez: star of "Filly Brown"


Carmen Marron: director of "Go For It!"


Laura Castaneda: chair of Radio, TV, and Film Department, City College

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