Special Drive-in edition!

José Ignacio International Film Festival 2021’s edition brought a special in drive-in mode that included the programming of feature films as well as short films.

All three feature films screened at JIIFF were Premiere in South America. Unlike previous editions, for this year only, the feature films selected by the festival did not compete; those that did have an official competition were the four Uruguayan short films chosen by JIIFF.

The jury composed by Inés Bortagaray, Federico Veiroj and Mariángel Solomita decided Martin est tombé d’un toit as the winner for Best Short Film and noted: “For a charismatic bet that portrays the turning point in the life of a couple who are waiting the arrival of their first son, using a point of view that oscillates between comedy and drama and that examines issues such as fear, resignations, transformations in a particular context of job insecurity, the jury awards the December Price to ‘Martin fell from a roof’, directed by Matías Ganz.”

With this recognition the short film obtains the December Prize – awarded by the December Foundation – and which consists of a trip to the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

For its part, Dance for the apocalypse, by Horacio Reyes Páez, won the Audience Award.

Martin est tombé d’un toit

Best Short Film

Dance for the apocalypse

Audience Award


A different short film will be screened before some of the films. Check the program!



Short films participating are Uruguayan films completed in 2020 which have not yet been released in the country. JIIFF’s competition was created to meet the new generations of local filmmakers.
Before each screening a different short film will be screened. Take a look at the program.


A film lab for boys and girls between 9 and 17 years old, with a strong practical and experimental component. A short film will be created and filmed as a team and will be screened at the end of the workshop.


JIIFF is an International Film Festival that takes place in José Ignacio and Pueblo Garzón, Uruguay, every year in the month of January.

The festival proposes the screening of internationally recognized films in an environment where young people, families, residents and visitors of José Ignacio can share an enriching experience.

All performances are open access and begin at sunset.