You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Four take AFI aud nods

'Boy,' 'Bedevilled,' 'Littlerock,' 'Hamill' feted

“Boy,” “Bedevilled,” “Littlerock” and “Hamill” are the audience award winners at the AFI Fest as the weeklong event concludes.

Festival presented 97 films — 66 features and 31 shorts — selected from 3,000 submissions with 31 countries represented.

“Boy” won the World Cinema award for director-writer Taika Waititi. Story centers on an absent father returning home to a boy in 1980s New Zealand.

Korean entry “Bedevilled” won the New Auteurs trophy for director Cheol-soo Jang and writer Choi Gwang-young. Script focuses on an island vacation turning deadly as a woman tries to help her abused childhood friend and her daughter escape.

Mike Ott won the Young Americans kudo for “Littlerock,” centered on a Japanese student discovering a different America from her dreams when her car breaks down on a sightseeing tour of California.

Oren Kaplan’s “Hamill” won the Breakthrough award (accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize). Story’s inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill and written by Joseph McKelheer and Eben Kostbar.

Fest also announced two short film awards, noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences recognizes each winner as a qualifier for the Oscars. The live action short film winner was Amy Grappell’s “Quadrangle,” a docu about two “conventional” couples who swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early ’70s.

The animated short film was “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” voiced and written by “Saturday Night Live” alum Jenny Slate and directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, who co-wrote.

More Film

  • Jim Jarmusch in 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    Film Review: 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    “Carmine Street Guitars” is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. It’s a no-fuss, 80-minute-long portrait of Rick Kelly, who builds and sells custom guitars out of a modest storefront on Carmine Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the film touches on obsessions that have been popping up, like fragrant weeds, in [...]

  • Missing Link Laika Studios

    ‘Missing Link’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Annapurna Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Missing Link.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.91 million through Sunday for [...]

  • Little Woods

    Film Review: 'Little Woods'

    So much of the recent political debate has focused on the United States’ southern border, and on the threat of illegal drugs and criminals filtering up through Mexico. But what of the north, where Americans traffic opiates and prescription pills from Canada across a border that runs nearly three times as long? “Little Woods” opens [...]

  • Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping

    Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [...]

  • Roman Polanski extradition

    Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: 'Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable'

    UPDATE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the organization behind the Oscars. “The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said. The Academy’s statement [...]

  • Lorraine Warren dead

    Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigator Who Inspired 'The Conjuring,' Dies at 92

    Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator and demonologist whose life inspired franchises like “The Conjuring” and “The Amityville Horror,” has died. She was 92. Warren’s son-in-law Tony Spera confirmed the news. Spera said on Facebook, “She died peacefully in her sleep at home.” He continued, “She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content