MORELIA, Mexico — At this year’s 15th Morelia International Film Festival, Cinema23 – a platform dedicated to the promotion of film culture in the 22 countries of Latin America plus Spain, Portugal and those that work closely with them – announced the nominees and winners of three awards to be given on Dec. 6 at Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards, to be held in Mexico City at the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris.
In addition to press and industry professionals, Monday’s press conference at the Nespresso Atelier was attended by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president of Mexico’s Morelia Festival; Rodrigo Peñafiel, president of the Fénix Awards; Miguel Mier, Global COO of Cinépolis; and Ernesto Contreras, filmmaker and president-elect of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMACC).
Nominations for this year’s awards were pre-selected from a pool of 800 titles.
A committee of critics, programmers, festival directors and film academics were in charge of the selections. After the first group is narrowed down, Cinema23 members from different fields such as actors, directors, editors or cinematographers, voted in their specific category.
It was announced at Monday’s press conference that Norma Aleandro, who was nominated by the Argentine Academy, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work in both film and TV. The actress has been a constant presence on screens large and small for nearly sixty years. In 1985, she won Best Actress at Cannes for her role in “The Official Story,” – which won that year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film – and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Florencia in 1988’s “Gaby: A True Story.”
Peru’s Isaac Leon Frias was announced as the winner of the Best Review award. Frias was selected by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). The award is a recognition of his work as a critic, cinematographic essayist and author.
Finally, the nominees for the Fénix Award for best Exhibitor were announced. Finalists for the award are “Moses and the Ten Commandments,” Alexandre Avancini, Brazil; “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar, Spain; “I Married a Dumbass,” Juan Taratuto, Argentina; “A Monster Calls,” J.A. Bayona, U.S-Spain; “Don’t Blame the Kid,” Gustavo Loza, Mexico. This year will be the first in which audiences will vote for the eventual winner. Voting for the Exhibitors Award will take place from Oct. 22 through Nov. 30 via www.premiosfenix.com, with the winner to be announced at the ceremony on Dec. 6.
This year the Fénix Awards will be televised live on E! Entertainment Television, Studio Universal, Channel 52MX and Cinelatino, and will feature replays on other channels such as Channel 13 Paraguay, Channel 66 of Mexicali and Channel 44 of Ciudad Juárez. In another first, the ceremony will also be available to stream on premiosfenix.com, sopitas.com and msn.com.