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The Beasts directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen
The Beasts directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

The Goya Award-winning film The Beasts, directed by Goya Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rodrigo Sorogoyen, took the top jury prize, the $25,000 Knight MARIMBAS Award, at the 40th Miami Film Festival. The thriller about a French couple starting a new life in rural Galicia, Spain, also received the Rene Rodriguez Critics Award, and “The Beasts” composer Oliver Arson earned the Alacran Music in Film Award. The award highlights the power of music and film and celebrates the role of the film composer and was selected by the Art of Light (Composer) Award honoree Nicholas Britell.

The Knight Made in MIA Film Award, was given to two films that World Premiered at the festival and had a substantial portion of their content in South Florida – “Febrero,” directed by Hansel Porras Garcia; and “Plantadas,” directed by Lilo Vilaplana and Camilo Vilaplana.

“I Like Movies” directed by Chandler Levack won the $10,000 Jordan Ressler First Feature Award, presented to the best film made by a filmmaker making a feature narrative film debut.

The Audience Feature Film Award went to drama “Plantadas,” directed by Lilo Vilaplana and Camilo Vilaplana. First runner-up was “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” directed by Aitch Alberto, and second runner-up “Febrero,” directed by Hansel Porras Garcia.

The Documentary Achievement Award went to drama “The Padilla Affair,” directed by Pavel Giroud. In second place was “El Trueno Y El Viento,” directed by Jorge A. Solino and third place was “The Disappearance of Shere Hite,” by Nicole Newnham.

Short film awards winners include Knight Made in MIA Short Award went to “Carmen,” directed by Cristine Brache; and Miami International Short Film Award ($4,000) went “Nanos,” directed by Emilio Subía. The award

Goya Quick Bites Short Film ($2,500) went to “Not the 80s,” directed by Marleen Valien. This award, sponsored by Goya, was selected from short films (20 minutes or less) of any genre, that best showcases the intersection of food and community. This includes stories that feature a strong focus on food culture, mealtimes, or the way the culinary experience spices up our daily lives.

The Audience Short Film Award went to drama “Save the Flea,” directed by Michael J. Ruiz-Unger. First runner-up was “Brownsville Bred,” directed by Elaine Del Valle and second runner-up “Python Huntress,” directed by Nicholas Orris and Matt Deblinger.

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