Ibero-American Competition

SIFF created the Ibero-American Competition to celebrate the power, originality, and influence of the storytelling talent in the region.

We are proud to present 25 new films from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, with nine narrative features and documentaries in competition. These films hail from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay, and Spain. We are also proud to have many first-time directors and a majority of women directors who, with their unique styles, raise questions concerning civil liberties, racial identity, and gender equality, all while giving us endearing characters in unforgettable stories.

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.


Manuel Betancourt, Effie Brown, Carlos Marques-Marcet

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Carmen & Lola

Spain | 2018 | 105 minutes | Arantxa Echevarria

Bride-to-be Carmen and street artist Lola pursue a secret first love within their highly conservative Roma community.

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Brazil | 2019 | 155 minutes | Wagner Moura

A brutal biopic of Marxist activist Carlos Marighella (Seu Jorge, the Bowie-playing guitarist in The Life Aquatic).

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Miriam Lies

Dominican Republic | 2018 | 90 minutes | Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada

Preparations for biracial teen Miriam’s birthday get complicated when her online suitor turns out to be black.

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Piazzolla, The Years of the Shark

Argentina | 2018 | 90 minutes | Daniel Rosenfeld

The archives of Astor Piazzolla enrich this look at his life as the master of the Argentine tango.

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The Awakening of the Ants

Costa Rica | 2019 | 94 minutes | Antonella Sudasassi Furniss

Isa’s surrealist imaginings suggest a suppressed revolt against the societal and domestic pressures placed on her.

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The Good Girls

Mexico | 2018 | 93 minutes | Alejandra Marquez Abella

Sofia struggles to hold onto her status as the peso collapses, setting her adrift in a new reality in this sly satire.

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The Sharks

Uruguay | 2019 | 80 minutes | Lucia Garibaldi

Not only are sharks menacing 14-year-old Rosina's Uruguayan beach town, unrequited romantic interest is menacing her.

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This Is Not Berlin

Mexico | 2019 | 105 minutes | Hari Sama

Young friends in Mexico City in 1986 explore the city's sexually fluid New Wave subculture.

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Your Turn

Brazil | 2019 | 93 minutes | Eliza Capai

A fast-paced, multifaceted documentary following three students through Brazilian student protests.

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