Ibero-American Competition

The Ibero-American Competition selects eight outstanding films from Latin America and Spain to highlight the increasing power, creativity, and influence of storytelling in the region. To be eligible, films must be without U.S. distribution at the time of their selection.

A jury made up of film industry professionals and journalists will be responsible for selecting the winning film. The winner will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards and receive a cash prize of $5,000.


Mexico | 2023 | 68 min. | Sofia Auza

Over the course of one night, strangers Momo and Hugo take an impromptu, life-changing trip through their fears and failings.

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France | 2023 | 95 min. | Juan Sebastian Torales

Bullied Nino discovers a hotbed of repressed desire under a town’s pious façade…and the horrible pleasures of a creature.

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The Echo

Mexico | 2023 | 102 min. | Tatiana Huezo

Deep in the hills of Puebla, three rural families find hope and struggle within the unyielding demands of nature and community.

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The Fishbowl

Spain | 2023 | 92 min. | Glorimar Marrero Sánchez

A terminally ill woman returns to her native Puerto Rican island to reunite with old friends and come to terms with her fate.

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Let the Dance Begin

Argentina | 2023 | 98 min. | Marina Seresesky

When Carlos learns that his former tango partner has passed, a road trip is set in motion and old flames are rekindled.

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Spain | 2023 | 100 min. | Álvaro Gago

Middle-aged Ramona frantically searches for work while realizing the value of her own life in a system that nickels and dimes.

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Mexico | 2022 | 80 min. | Xun Sero (Tzotzil)

Interrogating the absence of a father in his life, Xun Sero trains his camera on his warm yet fiercely driven mother Hilda.

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Sister & Sister

Panama | 2023 | 80 min. | Kattia G. Zúñiga

Two teenage Costa Rican sisters head to the Panamanian tropics in search of their estranged father.

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