The Los Angeles Film Festival celebrated its 20th year this year, kicking off on Wednesday, June 11 with Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and closed on Thursday June 19 with Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys. The festival showcased diversification, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international film.
“This year the Los Angeles Film Festival reached a new high, thanks to the audiences who packed theaters in support of the films. We’re so proud of every single film and celebrate the winners!” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.
The jury announced the LAFF winners on Thursday evening at the Awards Cocktail Reception as the festival came to a close. Actor Vincent Piazza of Jersey Boys was on hand to present the awards.
The juried awards included the Narritive Award, the Documentary Award and the LA Muse Award. The directors of the LAFF winners for these sections received a $5,000 cash prize. The competition also included short film awards and audience awards. The students of the LAFF winners for the short film awards each received a £1,500 cash prize.This sector was created to encourage young and ambitious filmmakers.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Honorable Mention: Walking Under Water, directed by Eliza Kubarska
Producer: Monika Braid
LA Muse Award: (The Muse category featured films which were inspired by, filmed in and produced in Los Angeles)
Winner: Los Ángeles by Damian John Harper
Producers: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Cast: Mateo Bautísta Matías, Marcos Rodriguez Ruíz, Lidia García, Daniel Bautista, Donaciano Bautista Matías
Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Winner: The Ensemble Cast of Recommended by Enrique, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel García
Producers: Rania Attieh, Daniel García, Ivan Eibuszyc, Mahalia Cohen, Alice Kharoubi
Cast: Lino Vareia, Sarah Swinwood
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Winner: The Young Kieslowski, directed by Kerem Sanga
Producers: Seth Caplan, Danny Leiner, Dave Hunter, Ross Putman
Cast: Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina, Melora Walters, James Le Gros, Osric Chau, Jessica Lu, John Redlinger
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Winner: Meet the Patels, directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel
Producers: Janet Eckholm, Geeta V. Patel
Featuring: Ravi V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Champa V. Patel
Audience Award for Best International Feature
Winner: Someone You Love, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Producers: Vinca Wiedemann, Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Sofus Rønnov, Eve Best
Award for Best Narrative Short Film
Winner: The Runaway, directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin, France.
Producer: Valentine de Bligniéres
Cast: Adel Bencherif, Médina Yalaoui
Award for Best Documentary Short Film
Winner: The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich, Argentina.
Producer: Daniela Raschcovsky
Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film
Winner: Butter Lamp, directedby Hu Wei, China/France
Producer: Julien Féret
Cast: Genden Punstock
Audience Award for Best Short Film
Winner: The Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack
Producer: Sarah Platt
Cast: Nick Offerman, Shawn Parsons, Scott Beehner, Eileen O’Connell, Jordan Black
Audience Award for Best Music Video
Winner: Turn Down For What: Lil Jon and DJ Snake, directed by Daniels
Music: Lil Jon & DJ Snake
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