The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has become an important awards event within the film industry and a centerpiece for promoting and growing the thriving arts and culture community of Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, the event celebrates and recognizes the very best of international independent cinema from around the world.

Held annually each May, the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards is an extraordinary celebration of cinematic discovery and innovation. Each year we honor the best from around the world in various competition categories including Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films, Foreign Films, Mexican Films, a short and feature length Screenplay Competition, Music Videos, Experimental Films, Television Pilots, Environmental Films, and more. In addition, Special Jury Prizes are awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Official Jury.

2018 Bronze Palm Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

The Blizzard directed by Jiang Kaiyang
The Suicide (Subtitled) directed by Pedro Pablo De Antuñano Padilla
Tejano directed by David Blue Garcia
Somewhere In Tonga directed by Florian Schewe
Taipei directed by Jason Lester
Desert Shores directed by Michael Stevantoni
A Part Of Me directed by Silvana Santamaria & Bilal Athimni
En Algun Lugar directed by Tadeo Garcia
The Dmz directed by Inchun Oh
Venus Obscura directed by Christophe Karabache

Full list of winners.

Taipei is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s critically-acclaimed, cult favorite novel of the same name. Two young New York writers fall in and out of love amidst a whirlwind of drugs, parties, technology, and travel. As one relationship collapses, another blooms for Erin (Ellie Bamber), swept into the world of Paul Chen (Justin Chon), a mysterious, charismatic author. When he proposes documenting every aspect of their new romance in an epic laptop-filmed “documentary”, the couple enter into a performative bad romance, fueled by substances and sleepless nights. Tracking the pair through a shotgun Niagara Falls wedding, an LSD trip in a New Jersey mansion, and to Taiwan, the country of Paul’s birth where the couple comes to confront their individual alienation, Taipei is a visually stunning, extremely contemporary portrayal of what it means to be young, alive, and in love in a digital world.

The ELLE LIST, in association with THEOUTNET.COM, which launches today, is a curated list of emerging talent from around the world, including actors, artists, musicians, athletes, activists, photographers, beauty heroes and hell-raisers of every kind.

This list marks ELLE’s commitment to using our platform to shout about a brave and brilliant NEW generation who are pushing the needle and changing the world to make it a better place.

From the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, and her tireless campaigning to shift the conversation around sexual abuse, to young actor and environmental campaigner Sadie Sink, who rocketed to fame after joining the cast of Stranger Things, every person on The ELLE List has enormous talent, dazzling style, and is disrupting the status quo in 2018.

So how did we choose a list that ranges from rapper Stefflon Don to teen-activist and gun lobbyist Emma González?

With help…

ELLE asked for expert opinions from a panel of prestigious judges – Director of The Tate Maria Balshaw, Instagram’s Eva Chen, fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu, the team at The Outnet, leader of the Women’s Equality Party Sophie Walker, singer Jessie Ware, supermodel Alek Wek, and our very own editor-in-chief Anne-Marie Curtis – to help select the final 50 honourees of this inaugural ELLE List.

Ellie Bamber, Actor, Surrey, UK

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Having been picked for a starring role in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Ellie’s career started high in Hollywood. This year she stars in Disney’s The Nutcracker, followed by the BBC’s epic new drama Les Misérables.