Miami, FL Chilean-born, Montreal-based composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer will receive Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival’s Art of Light (Composer) Award, presented by Alacran Group, at its 39th edition, set to continue with an in-person format running from March 4-13, 2022.

Tapia de Veer made headlines in 2021 with his music for HBO’s zeitgeist-shaking limited series The White Lotus. “Part of what made The White Lotus such a buzzy breakout…is the original score, a tension-swelling burst of tribal music,” Indiewire’s Zack Scharf wrote in a feature story. 

Miami Film Festival’s Art of Light Awards are presented to cinematic artists whose exemplary work shines new wonders on the continuing evolution of motion pictures. 2021 winners included actors Aldis Hodge, Andra Day and Nomadland cinematographer Joshua James Richards.

Hailed as a “musical genius” by Paste Magazine, multiple award winner Cristobal Tapia de Veer is recognized for creating some of the most memorable soundtracks in modern entertainment. His early television work includes the critically acclaimed Channel 4 cult series “Utopia,” which earned him awards from the Royal Television Society among others. Along with, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and “Black Mirror,” Tapia de Veer earned a BAFTA and other honors for C4’s miniseries National Treasure, and an Emmy nomination for Amazon/C4’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Recent television projects include 2 HBO series The White Lotus, and The Third Day (produced by Plan B Entertainment and Punchdrunk International; starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris), which received multiple nominations and wins for its haunting score, and the Jordan Peele-produced “Hunters” for Amazon Prime starring Al Pacino, which earned him an ASCAP Award. In the wake of his award-winning score for his first feature film, the 2016 dystopian drama The Girl with all the Gifts, recent film work includes the 2019 Spanish comedy Advantages of Traveling by Train (Ventajas de Viajar en Tren).

“Music is an essential chaperone in entertainment, intensifying the action on the screen as well as the emotions that audiences feel, and Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s art reminded us of the vitality of the work of the composer in 2021,” said Miami Film Festival Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “We are thrilled to be able to present him our Art of Light (Composer) Award at the 2022 Miami Film Festival.”

Alacran Group, sponsor of Miami Film Festival’s 2022 Art of Light (Composer) Award, is a multi-faceted entertainment company consisting of music label Alacran Records, state-of-the-art recording and live streaming facilities Alacran Studios in Miami, and film production company Alacran Pictures.

The full 2022 Miami Film Festival line-up and additional honorees will be announced at a later date.

Local filmmakers encouraged to submit their ideas for the Short Documentary Development Funding & Consultation program from Jan. 10-24, 2022

See them all and make your best prediction about which films will receive the five nominations:

Tuesday, Jan 4 – THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Norway). The opening night of the series is one of the clear frontrunners. Joachim Trier’s film was named Best Foreign Language Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.  (6:50pm start time)

Thursday, Jan 6 – A HERO (Iran). Filmmaker Ashgar Farhadi is already a two-time Oscar winner for these previous films, A SEPARATION and THE SALESMAN.  (6:50pm start time)

Saturday, Jan 8 – HIVE (Kosovo). Miami Premiere! Winner of multiple awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Tuesday, Jan 11 – LAMB (Iceland). Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

Thursday, Jan 13 – THE HAND OF GOD (Italy). Paolo Sorrentino’s love letter to his native Naples has an epic sweep.

Saturday, Jan 15 – DRIVE MY CAR (Japan). Miami Premiere! Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s stunning film is another clear frontrunner for this year’s Oscar. The film has been named Best Picture of the Year by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, one of the rare times the two critics groups voted for the same film. (6:00pm start time)

Tuesday, Jan 18 – PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN (Mexico).

Thursday, Jan 20 – GREAT FREEDOM (Austria).

Saturday, Jan 22 – COMPARTMENT NO. 6 (Finland). Miami Premiere! A moving cinematic experience. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Tuesday, Jan 25 – LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM (Bhutan). Miami Premiere! This beloved feel-good film marks Bhutan’s first-ever appearance on the Oscar shortlist.

Thursday, Jan 27 – PLAYGROUND (Belgium). Miami Premiere! In French with English subtitles, presented by TV5 Monde.

Saturday, Jan 29 – I’M YOUR MAN (Germany).

Tuesday, Feb 1 – FLEE (Denmark). Another major frontrunner. An Audience Award runner-up at the recent Miami Film Festival GEMS, and winner of major prizes from Sundance, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Tickets on sale for all films a minimum of one week prior to their showtime. Tickets range from $12.75 per adult to $5 for members (weekday and weekend pricing vary). MDC’s Tower Theater Miami is located at 1508 SW 8th Street. Visit www.towertheatermia.com for showtimes and more information.

About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

Celebrating cinema in two annual events, Miami Film Festival (March 4-13, 2022) and Miami Film Festival GEMS (November 3-9, 2022), Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival welcomes more than 45,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Major sponsors of Miami Film Festival GEMS include Knight Foundation, Telemundo, American Airlines, Estrella Damm, and Miami-Dade County. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. For more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

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