Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” (pictured) won the narrative jury award at the Los Angeles Film Festival awards announced Thursday evening, while Debra Granik’s Vietnam vet story “Stray Dog” won the jury documentary prize. Damian John Harper’s “Los Ángeles” took the LA Muse award. All three prizes carry a $5,000 cash award.
Audience awards went to Kerem Sanga’s “The Young Kieslowski” for narrative, Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel’s “Meet the Patels’ for documentary and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s “Someone You Love” for 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 in a statement.
Announced earlier at the festival, Logan Kibens and Felipe Dieppa’s “Operator” won the Sloan Fast Track $15,000 production grant.
The Funny or Die Internet talent competition to discover creators of color and underrepresented voices went to Suzi Yoonessi’s “Olive and Mocha: Fast Times at Sugar High.” She will have her next video produced by Funny Or Die and receive a talent hold deal with a cash prize presented by Fox Audience Strategy.
The Los Angeles Film Festival ran June 11-19 in downtown Los Angeles.
Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature)
Winner: Man From Reno, directed by Dave Boyle
Producer: Ko Mori
Cast: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura
Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature)
Winner: Stray Dog, directed by Debra Granik
Honorable Mention: Walking Under Water, directed by Eliza Kubarska
LA Muse Award
Winner: Los Ángeles by Damian John Harper
Cast: Mateo Bautísta Matías, Marcos Rodriguez Ruíz, Lidia García, Daniel Bautista, Donaciano Bautista Matías
Performance in the Narrative Competition
Winner: The Ensemble Cast of Recommended by Enrique, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel García
Cast: Lino Vareia, Sarah Swinwood
Audience Award for Narrative Feature
Winner: The Young Kieslowski, directed by Kerem Sanga
Cast: Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina, Melora Walters, James Le Gros, Osric Chau, Jessica Lu, John Redlinger
Audience Award for Documentary Feature
Winner: Meet the Patels, directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel
Audience Award for International Feature
Winner: Someone You Love, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Award for Narrative Short Film
Winner: The Runaway, directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin. France
Award for Documentary Short Film
Winner: The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich. Argentina
Award for Animated/Experimental Short Film
Winner: Butter Lamp, directed by Hu Wei. China/France
Audience Award for Short Film
Winner: The Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack
Cast: Nick Offerman, Shawn Parsons, Scottt Beehner, Eileen O’Connell, Jordan Black
Audience Award for Music Video
Winner: Turn Down For What: Lil Jon and DJ Snake directed by Daniels
Music: Lil Jon & DJ Snake