aluCine 19th Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

aluCine’s Festival awards exist to reward the talent, creativity and unique filmmaking capabilities of Latin American artists and their ability to move audiences with their innovative and inspiring work. We celebrate each of their distinct styles and the unique lens through which they view the world.


aluCine Best Film Award

Maria de los estereos

Best Documentary Award

3 Siblings

Best Fiction Award


Best Local Film Award

It Matters What

2020 Hot Docs Full Access Industry Pass

Best Audience Award



aluCine seeks to showcase excellence and innovation in contemporary Latin American film and new media works. Our annual festival functions as a vital Canadian outlet for emerging and established Latin filmmakers living in Canada, Latin America and the diaspora, while our year-round screenings, symposiums and workshops promote the development of Latin film and culture in Toronto. In all of our endeavours, aluCine strives to transgress aesthetic, ideological and geographical borders and to transcend pre-established notions of representation as they pertain to Latin American culture in Canada.

The Festival’s jury have included Lauren Howes Director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre since 2006 and Chairperson on the Board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO), Greg Rubidge President of Syndicado a digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms such as Internet, TV VOD, and mobile, and Jaime Escallón Buraglia an Emmy-award-winning writer, director and producer. He has been selected for the NALIP Writer’s Lab, the Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Momentum program of the National Film Board of Canada.

Jury 2019

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Laura Friedmann

Laura Friedmann is a media professional passionate about championing diverse content and using film as a tool for education and social justice. Having earned her Honours BFA in media and film studies at York University and a BEd at the University of Toronto, Friedmann is a filmmaker, producer and photographer with over 15 years of experience in both commercial and independent film projects, as well as social initiatives. Laura has led numerous creative projects as a producer, managing both small and large-scale events, while her commercial visual work has been featured by the United Nations, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Audi, Bell, KitchenAid, and Participaction. As a Colombian-born, Toronto-based filmmaker, she has traveled to over a dozen countries volunteering and working with grassroots film initiatives, nonprofit organizations, and youth empowerment programs. Friedmann is an advocate for women in film and gender equity and serves on the board of directors of Breakthroughs Film Festival - an entity exclusively devoted to showcasing and promoting films by emergent female directors.


Marcos Arriaga

Born in Lima, Peru, Marcos graduated from the Communication’s

program at San Martin de Porras University in 1985. In Peru he

worked a journalist and photographer for daily “MARKA and the

weekly magazine “AMAUTA” Arriaga immigrated to Canada in 1987. He graduated from Sheridan College’s Media Arts Film Program in 1995 followed by a Master of

Fine Arts degree in Film Production at York University in 2003.

Arriaga has directed almost a dozen films including WATCHING (1994); EL BARRIO (1998); THE HARRIS PROJECT (1998); PROMISED LAND (2002); A LITTLE SQUARE HEAVEN (2003);3X16 (2007); TALE OF WINTER (2008) ASSEMBLY (2012) LONELY MEN (2018); and two medium length documentaries, MARICONES (2005) and LOOKING FOR CARMEN (2012).

Arriaga was the Director of Photography on several independent productions including: CITY OF DREAMS (1995), HONEY MOCASSIN (1998); DEEP INSIDE OF CLINT STAR (1999), which won a Gemeni award for Best Social and Political Documentary (2000); the feature

drama JOHNNY GREY EYES (2001), which won awards at Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival and the Outfest Film Festival in los Angeles; GOLDIROCKS (2003); ZERO: THE INSIDE STORY (2004); and several shorts.

Marcos works as Film Technician in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University and lives in Toronto, Canada.

Jorge Muñiz

Jorge Muñiz was born in Cusco, Peru. He studied Communication Science. He worked as a producer and radio anchor for eleven years. Jorge attended the Armando Robles Godoy Film School, and the EICTV Film School in Cuba, where he was taught screenwriting by writer Gabriel García Márquez. During the 80s, he worked with filmmakers Francisco Lombardi and Alberto Durán on several Peruvian productions. He lives in Canada, where he works as a sound technician for film and television. He is currently working on his first film as a director, scheduled to be shot in Cusco and Toronto in 2020.