Winner: Leona

The Best Debut Feature Award recognises new filmmaking talent that displays originality and freshness of vision from a first-time feature film director. The jury have called Leona "A sensitive and engaging story, told with great charm and simplicity, and with excellent performances elicited particularly from the female lead, Naian González Norvind. The jury were impressed by the subtle portrayal of family dynamics and felt that, as a debut film, ‘Leona' is remarkable in having the assured feel of a director of considerable experience.”