Best Latin American Filmmaker of the Year:
Amat Escalante is a Mexican director/producer/screenwriter. He was born in Barcelona, Spain and grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico, living briefly in Los Angeles as well. He studied film editing and sound in Spain and was part of the International School of Film and television in Cuba. His 2005 film Sangre was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2005 Cannes film festival. He won the award for best director at the 2013 Cannes film festival for his film Heli. In 2016, he won the Silver Lion award for Best Direction at the 2016 Venice Film Festival for his film La Region Savage.