The 9th annual In-Edit Nescafé festival marked the end of 10 rockin’ days of music documentaries on Sunday by announcing the festival’s winning films.
This special festival brought over 50 national and international music-focused movies to five theaters throughout Santiago between December 6 and December 16, 2013, and prizes were awarded in the categories of Best National Documentary, Best National Short Film, Best International Documentary, and the Festival Award.
Best National Documentary – Los Rockers, rebelde rock and roll
This Chilean film from Matías Pinochet follows the international ambitions of the independent Santiago band Los Rockers, who had nothing in their career go as planned. Formed in 1992, the rockabilly band released five albums over a span of 20 years.
Festival judges praised Los Rockers as “a film that goes far beyond the mere finding of a band and the linear development of its music, and is capable of exploring aspects of human relationships beyond the purely artistic.”
Director Matías Pinochet has received an all-expense paid trip to Spain to present his documentary at In-Edit Barcelona 2013.
Best National Short Film – Latemiletra
In this film, director Javiera Carrasco shows the power of music in the relationship between a daughter and her mother who is affected by Parkinson’s disease. The jury celebrated this film for its “use of music as a narrative device and the mixture of different languages for the same story.”
The director will receive a monetary award for audiovisual work expenses and a scholarship for a semester of English study at the Instituto Chileno-Británico.
Best International Documentary – Searching for Sugarman
Unlike the other two sections in the competition, Best International Documentary is based on a public vote. This year, the audience selected Searching for Sugarman, the film debut of Swedish-American director Bendjelloul Malik. This film about the mystery surrounding 1960s musician Sixto Rodríguez has garnered awards in almost every festival this year, including Sundance.
Festival Award – Beware of Mr. Baker
Every year, In-Edit Nescafé’s organizing team awards a special prize to a film that has made an impact on the public, media, and organization of the festival. This year’s Festival Award has been given to Beware of Mr. Baker, the biographical portrait of eccentric British drummer Ginger Baker from director Jay Bulger.
This film marked the closing of the festival as the final film at Santiago’s Centro Arte Alameda on Sunday.