“Birds of Passage” Tops Miami Film Fest Awards

Carmiña Martínez in "Pájaros de verano" (Birda of Passage)

Colombia’s Birds of Passage takes top honor at the 36th edition of the Miami Film Festival.

The epic film, Colombia’s latest Oscar-bid, traces the origins of the Colombian drug trade. The feature directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra won the $40,000 Knight Marimbas Award aka the top grand jury prize. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Knight Marimbas Award is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and is given to the film “that best exemplifies richness and resonance for cinema’s future, named for the marimba, a variation of the xylophone that produces a deeper, richer and more resonant tone.”

The Audience Award for best feature went to Screwball, a documentary about a Major League Baseball doping scandal.

The film featured 160 films from more than 40 countries. Check out below the festival’s full list of winners.

Knight Made in MIA Award

Best Feature: Pahokee (Ivette Lucas and Patrick Bresnan)

Best Short: Liberty (Faren Humes) / Six Degrees of Immigration (Jayme Gershe)

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award 

Fireflies (Bani Khoshnoudi) 

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

Socrates (Alexandre Moratto)

Zeno Mountain Award

My Daughter Yoshiko (Brian Blum).

Rene Rodriguez Critics Award 

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

IMDbPro Short Film Award 

The Orphan (Carolina Markowicz)

Audience Award for Best Short

The Rafter (Jose Navas)

Best Score

Mowg for Lee Chang- dong’s Burning,

Best Trailer

Joe Hackman for Knife+Heart

Honorable mentions for additional outstanding trailers

The Silence of Others (documentary)

Zenu (shorts).

Best Poster Design

Edel Rodriguez for Fragile

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award

Brian Robau for This is Your Cuba

Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation CinemaSlam Competition 2019 

Happy to Be Nappy (Xiao Che)

Cinemaslam Champion Award

Chess (Alejandro Gonzalez Valdes)