San Seb prize will top off 'Gasolina'


SAN SEBASTIAN -- Guatemalan director Julio Hernandez Cordon's unfinished "Gasolina," about three teenagers on a road trip, took top prize at San Sebastian's Films in Progress sidebar Wednesday, picking up the Industry Award and the €10,000 ($14,000) Casa de America Award.

Sponsored by half a dozen post-production facilities in Spain, the Industry Award foots the bill for all the remaining costs to deliver a 35mm copy of the winning film, subtitled in English.

Films in Progress, a venture created by the Rencontres Cinemas d'Amerique Latine in Toulouse and the San Sebastian International Film Festival, is intended to facilitate the completion of films by independent Latin American and Spanish filmmakers at the post-production stage. It also guarantees winners a slot at San Sebastian.

Uruguayan director Federico Veiroj's "Acne," about a 13-year-old boy's effort to overcome his shyness and acne to kiss a girl, and Brazilian Werner Schumann's "Sol na Neblina," which deals with child prostitution, won the TVE Award. Sponsored by Spanish pubcaster Television Espanola, the award buys broadcast rights in Spain for the two films.

Earlier this week, Palestinian filmmaker Anne-Mare Jacir's "Salt of This Sea" won a similar industry award from the Moroccan Cinematographic Center in addition to a €15,000 ($21,200) contribution to post-production costs from Paris-based mixing facility Mactari.