GIFF 2022: Meet all the winners!

GIFF 2022: Meet all the winners!

We present the winning films, short films and documentaries of GIFF 2022

The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) ended its 25th edition presenting its films, short films and documentaries This year’s winners, among which are the Guatemalan Andres Rodriguez, the young mexican director Abraham Escobedo-Salas and international films like A Piece of Sky.

In addition, projects such as time theorem from the director Andrew Kaiser, who won as Best Mexican Documentary Feature Film Y won a press award. The documentary has also been recognized at international festivals such as the Munich International Documentary Film Festival.

Meet the highlights of the 25th Edition of the GIFF:

Best International Fiction Feature Film

A Piece of Sky (dir. Michael Koch)

The film tells the love story of Anna and Marco when the latter is diagnosed with a brain tumor. In the tense relationship between the village community and the effects of Marco’s illness, Anne tries to preserve a love that ultimately overshadows even death.


Honorable Mention International Fiction Feature Film

Therapy Dogs (dir. Ethan Eng)

The film places the audience in the middle of the daily life of a high school, exposing the struggles of its students who, in addition to dealing with school, seek to sustain their friendship and their future. Therapy Dogs has been recognized internationally at festivals such as Slamdance, where it won a prize for $25,000 dollars and the approval and mentorship of the directors of Avengers: Endgame Joe and Anthony Russo.


Best Fiction Feature Film Mexico

slash (dir. Andrés Rodríguez)

Roza takes us into the difficult return of Hector to his community in the highlands of Guatemala, after a frustrated migration to the United States. The experience that his previous trip has had on him affects the way his family perceives him, in addition to finding that his town is at the mercy of an evangelical pastor and that work is in a critical point.

It borders on Rodriguez’s debut feature film, whose previous short film, Darwin, It has had a long journey in various international festivals.


Best Mexican Documentary Feature Film

time theorem (dir. Andrés Kaiser)

Time Theorem It is a personal work of Andrew Kaiser about family memory, which is made up of archives, thousands of photographs and hundreds of impeccably organized home movies that belonged to his grandparents. This documentary takes a closer look at the history of Kaiser’s ancestors, as well as highlighting the importance of knowing the roots from which we descend.


Honorable Mention Mexican Documentary Feature Film

breaking life (dir. Abraham Escobedo-Salas)

The documentary tells the life of the Holookunz crew, a group of young people in their twenties who dance in a public park in Jalisco and participate in a national competition.


Winners in the Fiction Short Film Category

Best International Fiction Short Film

Datsun (dir. Mark Albiston)

Honorable Mention International Fiction Short Film

Warsha (dir. Dania Bdeir)

Best Mexican Fiction Short Film

Of nothing (dir. Pablo Balderas)

Honorable Mention Mexican Fiction Short Film

Inner sSix (dir. Mauricio Sánchez)


Winners in the Documentary Category

Best Mexican Documentary Short Film

Do not worry (directed by Juan Vicente Manrique Gómez)

Best International Documentary Feature Film

Children of the Mist (dir. Ha Le Diem)

Honorable Mention International Documentary Feature Film

How to Save a Dead Friend (dir. Marusya Syroechkovskaya)

Best International Documentary Short Film

Constant (dir. Beny Wagner, Sasha Litvintseva)


Winners in Experimental Cinema

Best Experimental Short Film

backflip (dir. Nikita Diakur)

Honorable Mention Experimental Short Film

Aribada (dir. Simon(e) Pateau, Natalia Escobar)

Honorable Mention Experimental Short Film

FutureFlowers (dir. Hao Zhou)


Winners in the Animation Category

Best Animated Short Film

I’m Late (dir. Sawako Kabuki)

Honorable Mention Short Film Animation

Anxious Body (dir. Yoriko Mizushiri)

Honorable Mention Short Film Animation

Do not feed the pigeons (dir. Antonin Niclass)

Honorable Mention Short Film Animation

Azaletik Azalera (Skin to Skin) (dir. Mel Arranz)


Winners in the Guanajuato category

Best Short Film Guanajuato

the fourth gate (dir. Hugo Magaña)

Honorable Mention Short Film Guanajuato

the ice cream parlor (dir. Alejandro Aguilera Pantoja)

Honorable Mention Short Film Guanajuato

The cricket (dir. Carlos Hernandez Vazquez)


Selection by technique, SIGNIS and Press Award

Best Virtual Reality Experience

Genesis (dir. Jörg Courtial)

Best use of VR

Goliath: Playing with reality (dir. Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla)

Honorable Mention Best Visual Experience

Dream Builders: Cenotaph for Newton (dir. Arnaud Desjardins)

SIGNIS Award for Best International Fiction Short Film

strings (dir. Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren)

SIGNIS Honorable Mention for International Fiction Short Film

Louise from 9 to 5 (dir. Julien G. Marcotte)

Press Award

Time Theorem (dir. Andrés Kaiser)


University Winners

First place Identity and Belonging

sky of traditiondirected by José Eduardo Medrano Gómez from the Technological University of the Southwest of Guanajuato in Valle de Santiago

Second place Identity and Belonging

Root Rhythms led by Pedro Emmanuel Castellanos Andrade, from De la Salle Bajío University

Musa for Best Fiction Short Film awarded by Women in Film and Television

not the 80s (dir. Marleen Valien)

2022 University Rally Jury Award

The hostdirected by Katherine Ruiz, from the Meritorious Autonomous University of Aguascalientes

2022 University Rally Audience Award

The miracle directed by Martha Leyva, from the Autonomous University of Nayarit


Winners for Best Screenplay

Best Feature Film Screenplay

paths to return home by Minerva Elisa Rivera Bolaños

Honorable Mention for Feature Film Screenplay

The things we never said by Dariela Perez Hernandez

Honorable Mention for Feature Film Screenplay

Drimer by Monica Villegas Rojas

Best Short Film Screenplay

Pig feed by Benjamin Figueroa Garcia

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What do cinephiles and cinephiles think? Would you like to see the GIFF winning projects?

Source: Fueradefoco

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