Berlinale: Best First Feature Award

Best First Feature Award, endowed with € 50,000, funded by GWFF

Award Winner 2014

Producer Ramiro Ruiz and Director Alonso Ruizpalacios

by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Jury 2014

Nancy Buirski (USA)
US native Nancy Buirski is the founder and former director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. Her directorial works include not only the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary The Loving Story, but also Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a portrait of a ballet dancer, which is having its international premiere at the 64th Berlinale. She is currently producing narrative adaptations of The Loving Story and The Donner Party and is directing Endangered adapted from the novel of the same name. Nancy Buirski began her career as a photographer and photo editor for The New York Times.

Valeria Golino (Italy)
Italian actress and director Valeria Golino started her career in 1984. In 1986, she won Venice’s Volpi Cup as leading actress for Francesco Maselli’s A Tale of Love. She worked with directors like Barry Levinson, Sean Penn, Gabriele Salvatores, Silvio Soldini, and won the Silver Ribbon for Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro and the David di Donatello Award for Antonio Capuano’s Mario's War. She starred in several Berlinale films, among them the Competition film Quiet Chaos in 2008. In 2010, she had her directorial debut with the short movie Armandino e il Madre. Her first long feature film Miele was screened in “Un certain regard” at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Miele won numerous awards all over the world, including a nomination for the European Film Award in the category “European Discovery”.

Hernán Musaluppi (Argentina)
Argentine Hernán Musaluppi began his film career in the nineties and is one of the most successful producers in his country today. Many of his films have been screened at the Berlinale, for example Un Mundo Misterioso (2011), Gigante (2009) and El custodio (2006) in Competition, Medianeras in Panorama 2011, and Aguas Verdes in Forum 2009. His other films include Los Dueños, 3, and Whisky. Hernán Musaluppi is chairman of the largest producers' association in Argentina, and his book “El cine y lo que queda de mí” was published in 2012.