These Are the 2016 Nominees for the Only U.S. Awards Recognizing Latin American Film

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Over the last few years, we’ve watched Latin American cinema go from a scrappy up-and-comer to one of the most vital and universally lauded film producing regions in the world, and as more and more countries rise to the task each year, it seems Nuestra América is bound to remain a perennial force on the global scene. But none of this would have been possible without the sustained efforts of organizations like the pioneering New York non-profit Cinema Tropical.

Since its founding in 2001, Cinema Tropical and Co-Founding Director Carlos Gutiérrez have been doing the often invisible work of bringing American audiences the cutting edge in Latin American cinema. Starting with New York premieres of watershed films like Y tu mamá también nearly 15 years ago, Cinema Tropical eventually took its mission one step further and founded the first awards ceremony for Latin American cinema, aptly titled the Cinema Tropical Awards.

Going into its sixth edition, the Cinema Tropical Awards was way ahead of the curve when it first celebrated the Ten Best Latin American Films of the Decade at The New York Times Center back in 2010. Since then, a number of international awards ceremonies have emerged with similar goals, including Panama’s Premios Platino and Mexico’s Premios Fénix, but the Cinema Tropical Awards has stuck to its low-scale, cinephile roots, and also reserved a very special place for U.S. Latino films often overlooked in other awards ceremonies.

Now, as the organization braces for the upcoming January 20 ceremony, we’re happy to bring you the nominees for the sixth edition of the Cinema Tropical Awards. The winners will screened in a very special program at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens from February 25-28, 2016.

Best Fiction Film

The Club / El club (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2015)

Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina, 2014)

Los Hongos (Óscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia, 2014)

The Princess of France / La princesa de Francia (Matías Piñeiro, Argentina/US, 2014)

White Out, Black In / Branco Sai, Petro Fica (Adirley Queirós, Brazil, 2014)

Best Director, Fiction Film

Gabriel Mascaro, August Winds / Ventos de Agosto (Brazil, 2014)

Pablo Larraín, The Club / El club (Chile, 2015)

Nicolás Pereda, The Absent / Los ausentes (Mexico, 2014)

Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, Sand Dollars / Dólares de arena (Dominican Republic/Mexico/Argentina, 2014)

Paz Fábrega, Viaje (Costa Rica, 2015)

Best First Film

600 Miles (Gabriel Ripstein, Mexico, 2015)

The Fire / El incendio (Juan Schnitman, Argentina, 2015)

Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 2015)

She Comes Back on Thursday / Ela Volta Na Quinta (Andrés Novais Oliveira, Brazil, 2014)

Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) / Videofilia (y otros síndromes virales) (Juan Daniel F. Molero, Peru, 2015)

Best Documentary Film

A Committee Chronicle / Crónica de un comité (José Luis Sepúlveda and Carolina Adriazola, Chile, 2014)

Identification Photos / Retratos de Identificaçao (Anita Leandro, Brazil, 2014)

Invasion / Invasión (Abner Benaim, Panama, 2014)

Last Conversations / Últimas Conversas (Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil, 2015)

Monte Adentro (Nicolás Macario Alonso, Colombia/Argentina, 2014)

Best Director, Documentary Film

Karina García Casanova, Juanicas (Mexico, 2014)

Betzabé García, Kings of Nowhere / Los reyes del pueblo que no existe (Mexico, 2015)

Maíra Bühler and Matías Mariani, I Touched All Your Stuff / A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos (Brazil, 2014)

Aldo Garay, The New Man / El hombre nuevo (Uruguay, 2015)

Christopher Murray, Propaganda (Chile, 2014)

Best U.S. Latino Film

The Book of Life (Jorge Gutierrez, USA, 2014)

East Side Sushi (Anthony Lucero, USA, 2014)

Mala Mala (Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, USA/Puerto Rico, 2014)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon USA, 2015)

We Like It Like That (Mathew Ramirez Warren, USA, 2015)