aluCine 18th 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

$500 cash prize

Best Documentary Award

 Best Documentary Award presented in partnership with Hot Docs (Hot Docs Conference and Networking Pass for the 2019 Festival)

Best Animation

Best Experimental

Best Audience Award

Best Local Film Award

Best Local Film Award presented in partnership with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
$200 Workshop Voucher


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.



Kristine Estorninos
Head of Programming
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Prior to joining Reel Asian as their Head of Programming, Kristine Estorninos worked in film distribution at the Canadian Film Centre, as well as at Ouat Media, where festival strategy was key to earning the company’s films numerous Oscar nominations and wins. Kristine has curated and juried for local and international film festivals, and has been involved with Reel Asian over the years in numerous capacities including special events and programming. She holds masterclasses and presentations about film festival strategy and distribution at various institutions and festivals around the world. 


Steen Starr
Grants Researcher/Writer
Volunteer Coordinator, Inside Out Film Festival

Steen Starr is a multi-faceted artist who deconstructs queer identity, sexuality and gender using humour, candor and "sharply drawn insights". Her writing has been published in Canadian and international anthologies, her work for theatre has been produced across Canada and in the US, and two short films have both won awards at Canadian and international film festivals. Starr works as a freelance grants researcher/writer and has sat on arts juries for the Mississauga Arts Council and the KM Hunter Foundation. 


Emile Castonguay
Operations and Programming Direction, Montreal Black Film Festival

A businessman, actor and producer, Emile Castonguay is the co-founder and director of programming at various festivals, including the Montreal, Toronto and Halifax Black Film Festivals. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, these festivals attract thousands of festival-goers every year and showcase hundreds of artists. Emile has sat on various prestigious juries in the film and television industry, including the Prix Gémeaux. He is also co-founder and sits on the Board of Directors of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building bridges, supporting education and diversity through the arts.