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LA Film Festival Announces Winners

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced this year’s winners for film, fiction, documentaries and shorts on Wednesday.

“Our mission includes connecting filmmakers with the industry so we are grateful to our jurists for lending their time and expertise,” festival director Stephanie Allain said in a statement.

The U.S. Fiction Award went to Takeshi Fukunaga’s “Out of My Hand,” the World Fiction Award was given to Beata Gårdeler’s “Flocken” and the documentary prize was awarded to Mo-Young Jin’s “My Love, Don’t Cross That River,” all of which made their North American debuts at the fest, which closes tomorrow.

Delila Vallot was honored with the LA Muse Award for “Can You Dig This” and the inaugural Nightfall Award was handed to Viet Nguyen for “Crush the Skull.” Bradley Kaplan received the newly established Zeitgeist Award for “Stealing Cars.”

The Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature Film went to “Pocha (Manifest Destiny),” directed by Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin. The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Film was a tie between “I Am Thalente,” directed by Natalie Johns, and “Be Here Now,” directed by Lilibet Foster.

Tian Guan’s “Drama” got the award for Best Short Fiction, while Kareem Tabsch’s “Dolphin Lover,” won for Best Short Documentary. The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to “In Her Place,” directed by Kevin Hamedani, and the Audience Award for Best Web Series was doled out to “The Genderton Project,” directed by Anna Martemucci and Victor Quinaz.

The LA Film Festival is produced by Film Independent.

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