March 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- It’s a wrap! The 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival has concluded, and its 2012 Premio Corazon Award winners have been announced. Below are the favorites chosen by judges and audience members.
2012 PREMIO CORAZON AWARD WINNERS
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.
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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