Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s film earned the festival’s audience award for best feature at the weekend.

The audience award for best short went To Beyond Recoginition: The Incredible Story Of A Face Transplant by Sam Thonis.

“Congratulations to An Honest Liar [pictured] and Beyond Recognition for winning over audiences with their remarkable stories,” said festival director Christine O’Malley. “We would like to thank all of the filmmakers who traveled from far and wide for making this year’s AFI DOCS an extraordinary one.”

Several policymakers participated in festival events including Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Senator Barbara Boxer of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

They were joined by South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool and Francois Rivasseau, deputy-head of the EU Delegation to the US.

More than 100 filmmakers from 29 countries attended including Alex Gibney, Ross Kauffman, Joe Berlinger, Marshall Curry and Steve James.