2016 Winners

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El Silencio del Rio by Carlos Tribiño won the ColFilmFest Prize for Best Feature Film

Aislados by Marcela Lizcano and Cien Años más Viejo by John Chaparro garnered awards as Best Documentary and Best Short Film

The 4th Colombian Film Festival was a Big Hit at the Box Office

New York, March 27, 2016— The 4th Colombian Film Festival NY announced the winners during a packed Closing Night Ceremony at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan. El Silencio del Rio by Carlos Tribiño Mamby won the ColFilmFest Award for Best Feature. Best Documentary went to first time director, Marcela Lizcano for Aislados and for Best Short Film, Cien años mas viejo by John Chaparro won the trophy designed by artist Nadín Ospina. Special Jury Mentions went to actress Juana Acosta for her role as Anna, a young Colombian mother living in Paris and struggling with her emotional frailty, and the short film Blast Beat by Esteban Arango, a Los Angeles based filmmaker. The jury included filmmaker Anja Marquardt and Magnolia Pictures Executive, Scott Veltri. The Audience Award went to LA Ciénaga, Entre el Mar y La Tierra directed by Carlos del Castillo and written and perform by Manolo Cruz; Vía Crucis by Harold De Vasten was chosen second favorite among the audience.

For six days, the festival compiled and exhibited more than 19 films in the fiction and documentary film genres.  The jury decided, after careful consideration of the thirteen selected fiction films, to award El Silencio del Rio for being “a beautifully organic Colombian film. A palette of stunning imagery complimented by subtle nuances of river-life pull you in to the depths of this isolated world. Enhance by a haunting soundtrack and the almost ghost-like threat of the guerrillas, a mysterious aura surrounds this skillfully crafted journey of survival.”

The Colombian Film Festival was founded in Manhattan in October 2012 by Juan Carvajal, with the aim of bringing closer and connecting the diaspora of the country to its roots and talent. Gradually, the Festival has evolved and in it the New Yorker and Latin community converge to discover and rediscover stories, landscapes and related sites.

The presenting sponsor of the 4th Colombian Film Festival NY was Delta Airlines.

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