Colombian documentary wins Santiago Wild Festival in Chile

The feature film Expedición Tribugá, directed by Luis Villegas, Felipe Mesa and Francisco Acosta, won the Prize in the New Latin American Voices category at the Santiago Wild Festival in Chile.

The Santiago Wild Festival, a national and Latin American reference in cinema dedicated to wildlife, which in this third edition held in the Chilean capital, has announced more than 40 films shown free of charge online through its platform https: // santiagowild. com/, winners.

Organized by Ladera Sur, and supported by the National Geographic Society and the Jackson Wild International Festival, this innovative event has welcomed over 700 documentaries from 60 countries, including Argentina, the United Kingdom, Chile, Iran, Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Colombia.

After a jury composed of eminent personalities from the region has cast their votes, the winners for Best Narrative and Best Short Film in the New Latin American Voices and Latin American Voices from the Eyes of the World categories are announced. These winners will receive one ticket (including travel and accommodations) to Jackson Wild 2023.

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Jackson Wilde has received over 700 documentaries from 60 countries.

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In the “New Latin American Voices” section, the winner for Best Narrative Feature was the Colombian production “Expedición Tribugá” by Luis Villegas, Felipe Mesa and Francisco Acosta. A documentary that records two geographical features: the hills of Janano and Jananito, revealing their myths and histories, and showing what the Gulf of Treboga means to Colombia, the continent and the world.

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In the same category, the Best Short Film award went to Lucia Flores’ “Chirambari, Legacy of the River,” an Amazonian-language Ashaninka film that follows Ricky’s eleven-year journey. – A young boy must overcome his fears and catch a giant catfish to embark on his journey to adulthood.

In the Latin America from a World’s Point of View category, the winner for Best Feature Film was “Sonora” by Johnny Holder. An experimental documentary that explores the sensory relationship between man and nature through the mind of Juan Pablo Colasso, a blind bird-watcher in Colombia. While it’s Best Short Film: it goes to Kurt Sensenbrenner’s “Indicators,” a film that tells the story of Torte, a small town in eastern Panama, where locals discover that butterflies can be used as vital indicators of forest health.

Finally, the short film by Chilean filmmaker Valentina Diaz, Chungungos: Re-ottering Chile, was the most voted film by the public. This documentary shows Javier Trivelli’s struggle to repopulate Chile with chungungos, a species common on the Chilean coast.

“We are happy to select the winning films from the Film Festival. “They all depict very inspiring stories about very current problems that cannot be left aside, and it is precisely this work that we illustrate,” explains Martín del Rio, Director of Santiago Wild and Ladera Sur, the organizing entity of the festival.

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