The duo Buena Fe in the video La culpa, directed by Ian Padrón
Courtesy Juventud Rebelde

Last year, we posted a three-part series that introduced many Cuban Art News readers to the Lucasphenomenon and its energizing effect on the independent Cuban music video industry. If you’re new to Lucas, we invite you to catch up with a quick recap, starting with Part 1. Meanwhile, here’s a holiday look at this year’s Lucas Awards and 3 of our favorite winning videos.

If the 2012 Lucas Awards were dominated by director-art director-cinematographer Joseph Ros, many of this year’s prizes went to two directors, Alejandro Pérez and Ian Padrón.

Pérez took directing honors in a number of categories, including two wins for vocalist Baby Lores: Best Pop Music Video, Imagina quien soy, a duet with singer Thaira and a flock of bashfully romantic kids; and Cantaré, which won for Best Pop, House, and Electronic. Pérez claimed two more awards for Descontrólameby Luis Enrique, which won for Best Popular Dance Music, and King Ángelo’s Party en el Vedado, the year’s Best Reguetón clip.

Padrón’s wins included Ángel Arce’s A primera vista, the Best Ballad, and Eliades Ochoa’s Un bolero para ti, which took the Traditional and Folkloric category. Padrón won that category last year with the video Pi 3,14 by the duo Buena Fe; this year, the same team won Best Choreography and Best Fusion Video for La culpa, a tense drama of 1958 Havana based on a real-life episode, which also features Clave y guaguancó and the Havana Queens.

Other notable winners included Loca-lizando, with Yoyo Ibarra and David Blanco, directed by Fino Herrera, Yoyo Ibarra, and Livián Valdés, which took Best Rock Pop and Best First Work; Laritza Bacallao’s Que suenen los tambores, directed by Charles Cabrera and Omar Leyva, which won Best Electronic Merengue; and Te confieso by Ángeles, directed by Manolo Ortega, which won for Most Popular Video and also earned a Best Visual Effects prize for Remache Estudios.

The top honors for Best Video of the Year, Best Direction, and Best Instrumental/Choral Music Video went to El vuelo del moscardón, with Aldo López-Gavilán, directed by Raupa, Mola, and Nelson Ponce. A wryly nostalgic look back at silent film—complete with over-the-top acting and charmingly crude special effects—it features a bravura performance by López-Gavilán at the piano.

Here are our favorites from this year’s winners, starting in the movie theater and ending in the swimming pool, with a nonstop beat. For more videos, click the links on the film titles throughout the story.

Video of the Year, Best Direction, Best Instrumental/Choral Music Video: El vuelo del moscardón, with Aldo López-Gavilán, directed by Raupa, Mola, and Nelson Ponce.

Best Reguetón Video: Party en el Vedado, with King Ángelo, directed by Alejandro Pérez.