1st The Americas Film Festival NY Announces The Americas Award Winners at Packed Closing Night Ceremony:
Best Experimental: Pirapora (Brazil), Dance Horse (U.S)
Best Animation: Padre (Argentina)
Best Documentary: Jocelyn and El Coyote (El Salvador)
Best Fiction: Oslo (Cuba)
New York, June 6, 2014. In addition to the New York premieres of major feature films and documentaries from throughout the Americas, the 1st edition of The Americas Film Festival NY –TAFFNY- organized the 1st Americas Film Festival Short Films competition. On Thursday June 5th, TAFFNY announced The Americas Award Winners during a packed Closing Night Ceremony at the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI). Oslo by Luis Ernesto Doñas (Cuba) won The Americas Award for Best Short Fiction; Best Documentary went to Salvadorian film Jocelyn and El Coyote, Best Experimental Short film to two films Pirapora by Charles Bicalho (Brazil) and Dance Horse by Oscar Frasser (U.S) and Best Animation was awarded to Argentinean film Padre (Father) by Santiago Bou Grasso; while Enseguida Anochece Gonzalo Gerardin and Maria Paula Trocchia (Argentina) and Yo te quiero (I Want You) by Nicolas Conte got Special Jury mentions. The jury included Antonio Tibaldi, Isabel Estrada, Andrea Weiss, Miguel Rueda, Ronald Kopp and Elizabeth Rutherford.
A full house attended the Closing Night Ceremony and Awards Presentation, followed by the
New York premiere of Winter in the Blood (U.S.) by Alex and Andrew Smith. Director Alex Smith and actors Chaske Spencer, David Morse, and Julia Jones were there to present the film.
The first edition of The Americas Film Festival of New York took place in various locations of Downtown on June 2-5, 2014, showcasing feature films in fiction and documentary as well as shorts and animations that represent the rich diversity of cultures, languages and stories of the Americas. TAFFNY is a cultural project of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education of the City College of New York (CUNY), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, The Cervantes Institute, NY, BMCC, the CCNY Division of Humanities and the Arts, and the CCNY Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
For more information on The Americas Film Festival New York visit www.taffny.com
Video: Trailer The Americas Film Festival New York – TAFFNY 2014.