International Feature Film Prize in l’Alternativa Official
The jury for International Feature Films in l’Alternativa Official at the 28th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Manuel Muñoz, Laura Herrero and Pablo García de Lara, met on 19 November 2021 and agreed unanimously to award the International Feature Film Prize jointly to Esquirlas, by Natalia Garayalde (Argentina),
The film’s rich narrative interweaves notions of public and private, personal and political, into a delicate, constantly maturing tapestry. It also reveals the director’s evolution as a filmmaker, beginning with a young girl’s first amateur recordings of an event that would transform both the world around her and the way she would look at it ever after.
And to Dark Light Voyage, by Tin Dirdamal and Eva Cadena (Mexico, Vietnam).
A powerfully hypnotic sensory journey that offers a poetic insight both inside and out as it explores the world and the emotions that bind us together. This uncharted voyage by father and daughter invites us to love without passing judgement.
International Short Film Prize in l’Alternativa Official
The jury for International Short Films in l’Alternativa Official at the 28th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Maria Morata, Enric Puig and Raquel Marques, met on 19 November 2021 and agreed unanimously to award the International Short Film Prize to Luces del desierto, by Félix Blume (France, Mexico).
The film reflects a community’s multifaceted relationships with the land they live on through a powerful sound treatment that draws together many different strands to create interlinked connections and associations that blur the boundaries between nature and culture and give us a deeper insight into the range of universes inhabited by desert beings at night.
The jury also agreed unanimously to award a Special Mention to Anxious Body, by Yoriko Mirzushiri (France, Japan).
A deeply sensory, almost tactile animation created with an elegant, minimalist technique.
Spanish Film Prize in l’Alternativa Official
The jury for Spanish Films in l’Alternativa Official at the 28th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Mireia Iniesta, Cloe Masotta and Alan Salvadó, met on 19 November 2021 and agreed unanimously to award the Spanish Film Prize to Rendir los machos, by David Pantaleón (Spain, France).
An excellent mise-en-scène and inventive approach to telling an engaging story about emotional and geographical landscapes. Rich in local colour, it paints a powerful portrait of two volcanic men as it explores how an atavistic ritual unfolds on the Canary Islands.
The jury also awarded a Special Mention to La primera mujer, by Miguel Eek (Spain).
An original look at mental health in the form of a multifaceted portrait of a woman, full of dazzling scenes that blur the boundary between documentary and fiction and create moments of pure cinematic beauty.
Don Quixote International Feature Film Prize l'Alternativa Official
The jury for the Don Quixote Prize at the 28th edition of the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa, made up of Víctor Feliu, Adam Marek Kruk and Maddi Arzallus, met on 19 November 2021 and agreed unanimously to award the Don Quixote International Feature Film Prize to Retour à Reims, by Jean-Gabriel Périot (France).
The sophisticated use of archive footage adds great depth to this captivating historical and social narrative.
Kinolux & Welab–Cinema Pendent Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
Enric Millet and Pedro Fernández have awarded the Kinolux–Cinema Pendent Prize, funded by the professional film-lighting hire company Kinolux and the professional film equipment hire company Welab Professional Equipment, to the project proyecto La última farándula del raval, by Dani Molina, produced by Producciones Doble Banda.
Non Finito–Cinema Pendent Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
The winning project for the Non Finito–Mentoring Projects Prize, as chosen by the jury made up of Andrew Galletly, Silvia Masdeu and Alejandro Castillo—which will receive advice and assistance on sound design and final mix from Alejandro Castillo at Figtree Studios—is Un vulgar y triste solitario, by Efthymia Zymvragaki, produced by Gris Medio.
Antaviana–Cinema Pendent Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
The jury for the Antaviana Prize, made up of Maria Rosa Fusté, Mireia Aragonés and Bernat Aragonés, has awarded the Antaviana–Cinema Pendent Prize, funded by the postproduction and digital effects company Antaviana Films, to the project El idioma de la ruina, by Ana Rodríguez León.
Music Library & SFX–Cinema Pendent Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
The jury made up of Peter Stephens and Marta Sancho has decided to award the Music Library & SFX–Cinema Pendent Prize—which goes to the shortlisted project with the best sound and music—to Contigo, contigo y sin mí, by Amaya Villar Navascués, produced by Potenza Producciones.
REC Primer Test–Cinema Pendent Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals
Cinema Pendent in l’Alternativa Professionals, in collaboration with REC, Tarragona International Film Festival, has chosen the project Un vulgar y triste solitario, by Efthymia Zymvragaki, and produced by Gris Medio, to take part in Primer Test.