The Moving Creatures by Caetano Gotardo was named best narrative fiction award as the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) climaxed on Aug 4.

Joel Pizzini’s Mr Sganzerla – The Signs Of Light was named best documentary while Ebb And Flow won the shorts category.

The fourth annual HBRFest ran from Jul 31-Aug 4. Programmers corralled more than 30 Los Angeles premieres of independent Brazilian cinema presented a night of gay films and showcased Portugal as Guest Country. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Anna Muylaert opened the festival.

At a panel discussion on Friday (2), Gabriela Amaral Almeida, director of the short documentary The Comforting Hand, cited Alfred Hitchcock as a formative influence on her career.

Other participating filmmakers included Daniel Aragão with Good Luck, Sweetheart, Allan Ribeiro with This Love That Consumes, Gabriel Mascaro with Housemaids, Michael Wahrmann with Avanti Popolo and Gotardo.

HBRFest was presented by Riofilme. Sponsors included One Digital and Copa Airlines, with cultural support from the Ministry Of Foreign Relations, Brazilian Cinema Agency Ancine and the Consulate General Of Brazil in Los Angeles.