Palm Springs, CA (January 2, 2015) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announces 27 films eligible for the Cine Latino Award, which will be presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the Festival.  Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.  PSIFF is scheduled to run January 2-12, 2015.


“What does it mean to be Latino or Ibero-American? We often engage in the most intensely absurd discussions trying to find a definition that satisfies us all. I believe, however, that the best answer can be found in the movies: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and unique stories become universal fables.  The increasing power of visual language and an innovative spirit –this is what our film industries have in common! And once again, 2014 has proven to be one of the most exemplary years for Ibero-American cinema. The Palm Springs International Film Festival recognizes the talent and creativity of its makers both in front of and behind the camera with the Cine Latino Award. This year we celebrate the vitality of the region with a record 27 films. We are truly grateful to the vision and commitment of two of the leading cultural, social and educational organizations in Mexico and the United States -- the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA -- for sponsoring this award and helping to strengthen the cultural and artistic bridges so fundamental to all of us,” said Hebe Tabachnik, Ibero-American Programmer for PSIFF.


“For the third consecutive year, top caliber Latino films will compete in the Ibero American competition at the Palm Springs Film Festival from January 2 to the 12, 2015,” said Iván Trujillo, Festival Director for the Guadalajara International Film Festival. “Their stories, genres and production values have garnered these films both critical and audience recognition at the most important festivals all over the globe.  This will be indeed a very competitive year for an award that is acquiring more and more prestige worldwide.” 


“We have reached an important milestone. When the Foundation of the University of Guadalajara in USA made an agreement to sponsor an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, we made a commitment to increase the cash prize within three years up to $10,000 to recognize the ‘Best Ibero American Film’ in the festival. Our Foundation is extremely proud to have fulfilled this arrangement with the Festival. Achieving this goal is only part of a whole project for the future,” said Raúl Padilla, President for the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA.


Jury members include Josep Parera (Entertainment Editor – La Opinión) Nacho Carballo (Festival Director, Gijón International Film Festival, Spain) and Tom Davia (Founder & Managing Partner of Cinemaven Media). 

They will review 27 films to select the Cine Latino Award winner.  This year’s eligible films are:


·         10,000 KM  (Spain), Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

·         August Winds    (Brazil), Director: Gabriel Mascaro

·         Behavior (Cuba), Director: Ernesto Daranas Serrano

·         Ciudad Delirio (Colombia, Spain), Director: Chus Gutiérrez

·         Flowers (Spain), Directors: Jon Garaño, José Mari Goenaga

·         Futuro Beach  (Brazil), Director: Karim Ainouz   

·         Gente de Bien    (Colombia, France), Director: Franco Lolli

·         Güeros  (Mexico), Director: Alonso Ruiz Palacios

·         Hawaii  (Argentina), Director: Marco Berger

·         The Hours With You (Mexico), Director: Catalina Aguilar Mastretta

·         La Tirisia (Mexico), Director: Jorge  Pérez Solano

·         Lake Los Angeles (USA), Director: Mike Ott

·         Liberator (Venezuela, Spain), Director: Alberto Arvelo

·         Magical Girl (Spain), Director: Carlos Vermut

·         Mateo  (Colombia, France), Director: María Gamboa

·         A moonless Night (Uruguay, Argentina), Director: Germán Tejeira

·         Mother of the Lamb (Chile), Directors: Rosario Espinosa Godoy, Enrique Farías

·         Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay), Director: Álvaro Brechner

·         Natural Sciences (Argentina),     Director: Matías Lucchesi

·         NN (Peru, Colombia, France, Germany), Director: Héctor Galvez

·         Not All Is Vigil  (Spain, Colombia), Director: Hermes Paralluelo

·         One for the Road (Mexico), Director: Jack Zagha Kababie

·         The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico), Director: Luis Estrada

·         Sand Dollars       (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina), Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán

·         To Kill a Man      (Chile), Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras

·         The Way He Looks (Brazil), Director: Daniel Ribeiro

·         Wild Tales (Argentina, Spain), Director: Damián Szifrón



About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.