‘Entre tú y Milagros’ Wins Best Short at Hamptons International Film Festival 2020, Qualifies for Oscars

BY Felix van Kann, October 26, 2020

Entre tú y Milagros, a short film directed by Mariana Saffon '19, written by Saffon and alumna Nathalie Álvarez Mesén '19, produced by Saffon and student Jorge Granados Ross, associate produced by alumnus Saim Sadiq '19 and edited by alumnus Andrew Stephen Lee '18 continues to make waves on the festival circuit by taking home the Best Narrative Short Film award at the Oscar-qualifying 28th Hamptons International Film Festival. It received a $500 cash prize and is now eligible to receive a nomination for the Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film. Entre tú y Milagros took the edge over four competing films in the Narrative Short Film Competition of the prestigious festival’s hybrid virtual and drive-in run from October 8 to October 14.


The film is about Milagros, whose world at fifteen still revolves around her mother’s affection, until an unexpected encounter with death makes her question not only their relationship, but her own existence. The film recently won the Orizzonti Best Short Film Award at the Venice Film Festival.


Mariana Saffon grew up in Medellín, Colombia and her studies in Film Directing have led her to Bogotá, France, and New York. She has directed short films and commercials in Morocco, Mexico, Colombia and the US, and her work has screened in festivals such as the Cartagena International Film Festival and Bogoshorts, among others. She has worked in television on notable shows such as Master Chef Colombia and in advertisements for the likes of Alpina and Renault. She has been awarded the Milos Forman fellowship (2018) at Columbia University and the Colombian Scholarship from Colfuturo (2015). She is currently writing her first feature, La Botero.


The Hamptons International Film Festival celebrates independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and introduces a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives to enlighten audiences, educate, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, and present inspired entertainment.