Cinema Tropical has announced its list for this year's film awards for Latin American Cinema. The New York based cinema foundation was founded in 2001 with the goal of distributing and promoting Latin American films. The mission statement on the Cinema Tropical website says the non-profit organization is looking to open an American audience up to films from Latin America and create "better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country." Through a series of successful programs and initiatives Cinema Tropical has become the leader in showcasing Latin American films in the U.S.

There are six categories in this year's awards. The categories include Best U.S Latino Film, Best First Film, Best Director (Documentary), Best Documentary Film, Best Director Fiction Film and Best Fiction Film.  Films in the Best Fiction Film category include, "Gloria" a film shown in Spain and Chile and directed by Sebastian Lelio. "No" by Pablo Larrain is from 2012 and was viewed in Chile, Mexico, France and the U.S. "Post Tenebras Lux" is a film from 2012 by Carlos Reygadas shown in Mexico, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

"Tanta Agua" directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge is a 2013 movie shown in Uruguay, Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands. The finale film in the Best Fiction Film category is an Argentinian film by Matias Pineiro called "Viola." The director of each film, with the exception of "Gloria's" Sebastian Lelio is up for a best director award. Replacing Lelio in that category is Sebastian Silva for his 2013 Chilean film "Crystal Fairy." The film "Crystal Fairy" is about a main named Jamie played by Michael Cera as he travels through Chile looking for a magical hallucinogen.

Another category in the Awards list is Best First Film, which will feature five films from shown between 2012 and 2013. Each film was seen in a variety of countries including Chile, France, Germany, Peru, Cuba, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. The list includes "Carne De Perro" by Fernando Guzzoni, "El Limpiador" by Adrian Saba, "Tanta Agua," "Melaza" by Carlos Diaz Lechuga and "Los Salvajes" by Alejandro Fadel. For a complete list of all the categories and films up for a 2014 Cinema Tropical Awards follow the link.

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