Palm Springs fest to award Cine Latino prize

New honor for best Ibero-Americano title includes cash prize

The Palm Springs Film Festival has announced a new Cine Latino Award.

Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajara Foundation, award honors the best Ibero-American pic screened in Palm Springs and includes a $5,000 cash prize.

“This award is the natural progression toward highlighting the tremendous creativity we are seeing in modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American films, and the PSIFF is one of the first in the U.S. to recognize that burgeoning talent pool,” said Hebe Tabachnik, the fest’s Ibero-American programmer.

Iván Trujillo, the Guadalajara International Film Festival’s director, added: “On one side we continue to promote that every year, more and better films are being made, and on the other, we’re contributing to bring our cinema to the American public.”

Jury members for kudo include Juan Carlos Arciniegas (CNN en Espanol), Sydney Levine (IndieWire) and Trujillo. Among the eligible pics this year are “White Elephant,” “Tabu,” “The Girl” and “Blancanieves.”