A Special Jury Award for best directing was presented to Joy Dietrich for her drama Tie A Yellow Ribbon about a Korean adoptee who comes to terms with her damaged past.
Robert Logevall's Haruki Murakami short story adaptation All God's Children Can Dance received a Special Jury Award for distinctive visual expression. Sol Tryon's dark comedy The Living Wake won the Heineken Red Star Award.
The feature jury comprised producer Effie T Brown, ScreenInternational's US editor Mike Goodridge, Los Angeles City Beat editorand chief critic Andy Klein, and Forensic Films co-president andFilmmaker Magazine editor Scott Macaulay.
The Jury Prize for Mexican sidebar La Proxima Ola went to Bad Habits (Malos Habitos) by Simon Bross.
Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Buchanan's Room 10 won the CineVegas Short Film Jury Prize while David Schmoeller's Spanking Lessons earned the CineVegas Nevada Short Film Jury Prize. The jury also acknowledged BITCH, Equal Opportunity, Year Of The Dog and the local film Danuta with honorable mentions.
Audience Awards went to Richard Trank's documentary I Have Forgotten You: The Life And Legacy Of Simon Wiesenthal and Todd Breau's comedic drama Throwing Stars.
The shorts jury included film and television production executive Emily Jillette, film and television director Gary Nelson, and local NBC anchor Mitch Truswell.
The festival opened on Jun 6 with Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen and closed with John Dahl's You Kill Me.
Highlights included honorary awards for Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Charlize Theron, and Mike Newell.