The winning film, "House at the End of Time" (Venezuela's first horror movie, directed byAlejandro Hidalgo) won top prize over thirteen other films in various genres and formats including crowdpleaser, "My Straight Son" and the political, documentary on transgender activism in Venezuela, "I, Undocumented."
Hidalgo, who was present at the festival for several post-screening Q&As of his film, won post production services for his next film sponsored byBolivar Films (Caracas), and a Filmmakers Kit valued at $750 sponsored by B&H Photo & Video(New York). The Best Film Audience Award statue presented to Hidalgo was an original work of Venezuelan artist Sergio Barrios AKA El Hase. The closing ceremony also included a special performance by Danzas Mandela (African Venezuelan music band).
The 2014 Venezuelan Film Festival in New York (“VEFFNY”), which took place September 19-25 featured a lineup of award-winning films and events including fourteen feature-length films by a diverse mix of Venezuelan filmmakers. The eclectic program selection was filled with compelling stories that captured the growing artistic boldness and fearlessness of Venezuela’s new generation of filmmakers (embodied in Hidalgo's work) -- with several featured films touching on themes surrounding gender and sexuality in Venezuela (a topic that, until now, was untouched in modern Venezuelan cinema).
ABOUT VENEZUELAN FILM FESTIVAL IN NY
The Venezuelan Film Festival in New York (founded by Irene Yibirin), is dedicated to delivering the best, most diverse and honest representation of current Venezuelan Cinema to American audiences. The film festival first appeared in 2013 as FesNuCiVe, Festival del Nuevo Cine Venezolano. In 2013, the inaugural Venezuelan Film Festival in New York had an audience of approximately 1,200 people, screening 8 films in a total of 12 screenings and garnered media attention for its bold film program. Now, in its second year, Festival organizers have doubled the size of the program from last year and are expecting to double attendance this year.
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