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Customer Service wins best screenplay award

fila20's project Customer Service won the Best Short Screenplay Award at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival.

Directed by Alex Medina and already in pre-production, this short comedy tells the story of a man trying to find a song that changed his life while his own temper interferes with that goal.

Written by Alex and Juan Pablo Daranas Molina, the script is currently also a finalist in four other screenwriting contests, of which results we will update soon.

The Fisherman receives several awards during its World Premiere

fila20's new release, The Fisherman, just won this weekend four of the top awards during its World Premiere at Muestra Joven: Grand Jury Prize, Best Production (Reinel García Pérez), Best Actor (Carlos Vigón) and Best Cinematography (Pablo Ascanio y Javier Pérez).

Written and directed by Ana A. Alpízar, the short film tells the story of Tomás (Carlos Vigón), a humble Cuban fisherman who, for the sake of his family, needs to capture a fish tonight. Child actress Evelín Orihuela Catena and fila20's usual, Yaité Ruiz (Yunaisy), complete the main cast.

The Fisherman had gathered extra support by winning the World Cinema Amsterdam Fund, the Prix Eric Jean, and the Haciendo Cine Production Fund. fila20 wants to thank these and also other organizations who helped to shape our movie, as Jenova Pro, Fondo Noruego para el Cine Cubano, DB Estudios, and Estudios ST.

Now ahead of its international premiere and film festivals tour, The Fisherman sets a wonderful first step with all these prizes and we congratulate its great team for that!

"Twilight" wins top prizes in Martinique

We are very happy to say that fila20's Twilight (Crepúsculo) has won the BEST OF FEST (Snake Award) and the BEST CARIBBEAN FILM recognitions at the last Martinique International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina, this medium-length movie tells the story of Alicia (Mónica Molinet), a young girl who dreams of being an actress but works as a clown in a mediocre traveling circus. During a tour through a remote mountain community where there isn’t even electricity, she meets Abelito (Kevin Serra), a child with a skin illness that doesn't allow him to be exposed to sunlight.

Premiered last year at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Twilight was chosen by The Skinny as one of the best five films at this prestigious event, which also included the Academy Awards nominee "The World of Tomorrow", by Don Hertzfeldt. During its successful itinerary, Twilight has also received top prizes from the New Jersey Film Festival and Muestra Joven.

Next screenings of this fila20's film will take place at the SBE's Hamilton International Film Festival and at the Sydney Film Festival.

Congratulations again to the entire cast & crew of the movie and to all of our co-producers! 

"The Fisherman" wins World Cinema Amsterdam's GoCuba Fund

Ana A. Alpízar's The Fisherman has been chosen as one of the winning projects of World Cinema Amsterdam's GoCuba! This accolade adds to the Prix Eric Jean and several coproduction interests that were attached to the short film during the last Muestra Joven.

Written and directed by Ana A. Alpízar (whose previous film just won BEST SHORT FILM at the China Women's Film Festival), this fila20's project is being produced by Reinel García Pérez and is currently at its preproduction stage. The movie tells the story of Tomás, a humble Cuban fisherman who is having a harsh winter at the open sea. For the sake of his family and against all odds, he needs to capture a fish tonight...

Congratulations to Ana and Reinel for the successful path they have designed for this project!

Click here if you want to know more about The Fisherman.

"The Premiere" awarded BEST SHORT FILM in China!

We are proud to announce that our film The Premiere (El estreno), directed by Ana A. Alpízar, has won the BEST SHORT FILM award at China Women's Film Festival.

The Premiere tells the story of Tania (Yazmín Gómez), a sacrificed mother willing to do anything for her daughter's (Alicia Hechavarría) career as an actress. For this role, Gómez received the BEST ACTRESS recognitions from Muestra Joven and from the Cuban Caricato Awards.

Produced by Reinel García and co-written by Alpízar and Juan Pablo Daranas Molina, this 27-minutes fila20's short film has already been shown all over the globe, and we are planning to release it on YouTube very soon.

Is also our pleasure saying that Ana is currently at the pre-production stage of her next fiction film, and she is also preparing a documentary feature, to be shot by the end of this year. Very soon we will be publishing good news about those projects too... So far, congratulations to the cast & crew of The Premiere for this wonderful recognition.

"Four Doors" premiering today in New York City

Four Doors, fila20's latest short film, is premiering today in New York City. As part of The Americas Film Festival of New York's Short Film Competition, the film will be screened at the Time Warner Theater (10 Columbus Circle) at 6pm. Filmmaker Juan Pablo Daranas Molina will be attending the screening.

Made in the 24-hour span of a film challenge, Four Doors is a satire that narrates the struggles of Ernesto (Ernesto del Cañal), a young proctologist who wishes to access the Internet... from Cuba.

The cast is completed by Daniel Robles and Marlon Pijuán, and the crew includes fila20's regulars Lila Falcón (production), Pablo Agüero (production), Alejandro Menéndez (cinematography), Irina Carballosa (sound) and Alex Medina (color grading).

Four Doors' next screenings include Los Angeles CineFest (6/15), Paphos International Film Festival (6/25) and Hudson Valley Comedy Festival (6/30).

"Yunaisy" at Katra Film Series (New York City)

Friends in New York City! Don't miss our multi-awarded film Yunaisy at Katra Film Series, followed by a Q&A with its director, Juan Pablo Daranas Molina. Click here to the event's Facebook page and save the date!

Saturday, May 14th at 5 PM
217 Bowery, New York City, New York 10002

Previous Yunaisy screenings & awards:

  • The Americas Film Festival of New York (USA) – BEST FICTION SHORT FILM
  • As Film Festival (Italy) - BEST FILM
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Gáldar (Spain) – ULPGC’s Architecture School BEST SHORT FILM Award
  • Latino and Native American Film Festival (USA) - BEST SHORT FILM HONORARY MENTION
  • Almacén de la Imagen (Cuba) - BEST FILM (ex aequo), BEST DIRECTOR
  • ABC Ibero-American Short Film Festival (Spain) - BEST LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FILM NOMINEE
  • Muestra Joven (Cuba) - LUDWIG FOUNDATION PRIZE
  • Katra Film Series (USA)
  • Wiper Film Festival (USA)
  • Fling! Film Festival (UK)
  • Arlington International Film Festival (USA)
  • Albacete Cuban Cinema Showcase (Spain)
  • River Film Festival (Italy)
  • Student Art Festival - STARFEST (USA)
  • International Short Film Festival Piélagos en Corto (Spain)
  • Courts des Îles Festival (French Polynesia)
  • Artfools Video Festival (Greece)
  • Ascona Film Festival (Switzerland)
  • Cuban Cinema Showcase at Uruguayan Cinematheque (Uruguay)
  • Gualeguaychú International Film Festival (Argentina)
  • Miami Independent Cuban Cinema Showcase (USA)
  • One Take Film Festival (Croatia)
  • Villavicencio International Film Festival (Colombia)
  • New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema (USA)
  • SGAE en Corto (Spain)

"Twilight" awarded Best Short Film at the New Jersey Film Festival!!!

We are proud to announce that fila20's Twilight (Crepúsculo) has won the Best Short Film award at the 34th New Jersey Film Festival.

Written and directed by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina, Twilight was described as «stunningly beautiful» by Albert G. Nigrin, festival's founder and director for more than three decades. This wonderful recognition adds to others received by the film after being exhibited in Cuba, India, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Yale University and Scotland, where had its world premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Congratulations again to the entire cast & crew of the movie!

(Click here to know more about Twilight)

New Jersey FF's founder and director, Albert G. Nigrin, introduces Twilight.

"Yunaisy" now available online!

Juan Pablo Daranas Molina's multi-awarded Yunaisy is finally available online… and for free! After two years of successful worldwide screenings at numerous film festivals, TV channels and streaming platforms, the 12 minutes short-film is now watchable on YouTube.

Written by Ana A. Alpízar and Daranas, and led by the performances of Ernesto del Cañal, Waldo Franco, Yaité Ruiz and Andrea Doimeadiós, the movie has been praised for its high-contrast black & white style, designed by cinematographer Alejandro Menéndez and colorist Alex Medina. fila20 filmes' frequent collaborator Irina Carballosa was in charge of the sound.

Yunaisy focuses on the dilemma of a young Cuban filmmaker who faces censorship for the first time. He must choose between taking a great career opportunity or maintaining the integrity of his work…

Don't miss the chance to watch this short-film on YouTube and feel free to comment and share the link!

Here are some of the festivals and events where Yunaisy has participated so far...

  • The Americas Film Festival of New York (USA) – BEST FICTION SHORT FILM
  • As Film Festival (Italy) - BEST FILM
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Gáldar (Spain) – ULPGC’s Architecture School BEST SHORT FILM Award
  • Latino and Native American Film Festival (USA) - BEST SHORT FILM HONORARY MENTION
  • Almacén de la Imagen (Cuba) - BEST FILM (ex aequo), BEST DIRECTOR
  • ABC Ibero American Short Film Festival (Spain) - BEST LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FILM NOMINEE
  • Muestra Joven (Cuba) - LUDWIG FOUNDATION PRIZE
  • Wiper Film Festival (USA)
  • Fling! Film Festival (UK)
  • Arlington International Film Festival (USA)
  • Albacete Cuban Cinema Showcase (Spain)
  • River Film Festival (Italy)
  • Student Art Festival - STARFEST (USA)
  • International Short Film Festival Piélagos en Corto (Spain)
  • Courts des Îles Festival (French Polynesia)
  • Artfools Video Festival (Greece)
  • Ascona Film Festival (Switzerland)
  • Cuban Cinema Showcase at Uruguayan Cinemateque (Uruguay)
  • Gualeguaychú International Film Festival (Argentina)
  • Miami Independent Cuban Cinema Showcase (USA)
  • One Take Film Festival (Croatia)
  • Villavicencio International Film Festival (Colombia)
  • New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema (USA)
  • SGAE en Corto (Spain)

Carlos is a young Cuban filmmaker facing censorship for the first time. He must choose between taking a great career opportunity or maintaining the integrity of Yunaisy.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWlg1372_S...

Today… "Twilight" at the New Jersey Film Festival!

fila20's medium-length movie Twilight (Crepúsculo) will be presented today by director Juan Pablo Daranas Molina at the 2016 New Jersey Film Festival!

Followed by a Q&A with Daranas, this projection will be the first public screening of the film in 2016, after last year's successful festival itinerary, which included stops at Singapore, India, Yale University, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and Scotland, where the movie had its world premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

In the words of New Jersey Film Festival director, Albert G. Nigrin, Twilight is «a stunningly beautiful short film about a young woman [Mónica Molinet] who works as a clown in a traveling circus (…) [and] meets a little boy [Kevin Serra] with a skin disease that doesn't allow him to have contact with direct sunlight».

Serra's performance was awarded during the last Muestra Joven, where the film also received recognitions for its sound recording (Irina Carballosa), cinematography (Alejandro Menéndez) and production (Lila Falcón / Daranas / Reinel García), being this a combined effort between fila20 filmes, ICAIC, ICRT, EICTV and the University of Arts, with the support of Ludwig Foundation, AHS, the independent group Jenova Pro and the Spanish lab Aracne DC.

If you're close to the New York Area and want to see Twilight on a big screen tonight, join us
at 7:30 pm at Voorhees Hall (71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)!

(Click here to watch New Jersey Film Festival director Albert G. Nigrin’s introduction of Twilight)

New Jersey Film Festival director Albert G. Nigrin comments on Twilight.