The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has become an important awards event within the film industry and a centerpiece for promoting and growing the thriving arts and culture community of Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, the event celebrates and recognizes the very best of international independent cinema from around the world.

Held annually each May, the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards is an extraordinary celebration of cinematic discovery and innovation. Each year we honor the best from around the world in various competition categories including Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films, Foreign Films, Mexican Films, a short and feature length Screenplay Competition, Music Videos, Experimental Films, Television Pilots, Environmental Films, and more. In addition, Special Jury Prizes are awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Official Jury.

2018 Bronze Palm Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

The Blizzard directed by Jiang Kaiyang
The Suicide (Subtitled) directed by Pedro Pablo De Antuñano Padilla
Tejano directed by David Blue Garcia
Somewhere In Tonga directed by Florian Schewe
Taipei directed by Jason Lester
Desert Shores directed by Michael Stevantoni
A Part Of Me directed by Silvana Santamaria & Bilal Athimni
En Algun Lugar directed by Tadeo Garcia
The Dmz directed by Inchun Oh
Venus Obscura directed by Christophe Karabache

Full list of winners.

Taipei is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s critically-acclaimed, cult favorite novel of the same name. Two young New York writers fall in and out of love amidst a whirlwind of drugs, parties, technology, and travel. As one relationship collapses, another blooms for Erin (Ellie Bamber), swept into the world of Paul Chen (Justin Chon), a mysterious, charismatic author. When he proposes documenting every aspect of their new romance in an epic laptop-filmed “documentary”, the couple enter into a performative bad romance, fueled by substances and sleepless nights. Tracking the pair through a shotgun Niagara Falls wedding, an LSD trip in a New Jersey mansion, and to Taiwan, the country of Paul’s birth where the couple comes to confront their individual alienation, Taipei is a visually stunning, extremely contemporary portrayal of what it means to be young, alive, and in love in a digital world.

Ellie Bamber attends the Summer Party at the V&A in partnership with Harrods at the Victoria and Albert Museum on June 20, 2018 in London, England.

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Ellie Bamber attends the Serpentine Summer Party 2018 at The Serpentine Gallery on June 19, 2018 in London, England.

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Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables has been adapted into a multi-award stage musical as well as an Oscar winning movie.

But proving there’s still life in the classic tale, the BBC is working on a new adaptation of Les Misérables, with some of the all-star cast spotting filming in the heart of Brussels on Sunday.

Dominic West, who leads the series as Jean Valjean was pictured with Ellie Bamber who stars as Cosette at the church of í Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Ellie was in full costume, teaming a bonnet with a full-skirted cream dress and an elaborate curled up-do.

The streets around the church were transformed for filming, with period shop fronts in place while a horse and cart paraded up and down.

Filming for Les Misérables began in February 2018 in Belgium and Northern France with an air date yet to be confirmed by the BBC.

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