Ibero-American Competition

Films from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal once again thrilled the world’s audiences paving a remarkable path as one of the most sought-after film cultures in the world.

SIFF created the Ibero-American Competition to celebrate the power, originality and influence of the storytelling talent in the region. This year, we are proud to be showcasing 22 films from the Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking world, with nine narrative features and documentaries in competition.

The winner as chosen by a jury will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards and receives a cash prize of $2,500.

Jurors: Sandro Fiorin, Marcela Isaza, and 

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Champions

Spain | 2018 | 120 minutes | Javier Fesser

A disgraced basketball coach is given the chance to coach a team of players who are intellectually disabled.

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Giant

Spain | 2017 | 115 minutes | Jon Garano, Aitor Arregi

A young crippled man returns home from war to find that his brother has turned into a giant.

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Gold Seekers

Paraguay | 2017 | 102 minutes | Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori

After finding an antique treasure map, a teen and his band of whip-smart friends stage a daring heist.

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Killing Jesus

Colombia | 2017 | 99 minutes | Laura Mora Oretega

Her father murdered before her eyes, and the police indifferent, a Colombian student plots a bloody revenge against the murderer.

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Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

Spain | 2017 | 90 minutes | Gustavo Salmeron

70-year-old Julita Salmerón revels in her quirky family one more time as their financial future hits dire straits.

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Marilyn

Argentina | 2018 | 80 minutes | Martín Rodriguez Redondo

A gay young man in rural Argentina, longing to pursue education elsewhere, instead suddenly inherits his family’s ranch.

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Rush Hour

Mexico | 2017 | 79 minutes | Luciana Kaplan

Residents of Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Istanbul share their experiences of being trapped in city gridlock.

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Rust

Brazil | 2018 | 100 minutes | Aly Muritiba

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Ibero-American Competition | When a Brazilian teenager's sex video goes viral, she commits one desperate act that shocks her enite community.

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Virus Tropical

Colombia | 2017 | 96 minutes | Santiago Caicedo

Animated feature that follows a woman—from conception to young adulthood—as she fumbles her way through a dysfunctional life.

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