In the two top awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Stephane Lafleur’s Familiar Ground won the Narrative Award and Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi’s Wish Me Away took the Documentary Award last night .
The award for best performance in the Narrative Competition went to Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street, and Gabriel Diamond for How To Cheat.
For the first time the festival awarded an unrestricted $5,000 cash prize to each short film category. The award for best narrative short film went to Saba Riazi’s The Wind Is Blowing On My Street, while documentary honours went to Susan Koenen’s I Am a Girl! And Mikey Please’s The Eagleman Stag won the animation award.
The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block while Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest directed by Michael Rapaport prevailed in the documentary category.
Asif Kapadia’s Senna was named Best International Feature and best short film honours went to Joe Rosen’s Blind Date.
“We’re enormously proud to host such an exceptional and diverse group of films and filmmakers at this year’s festival, and to have introduced audiences to their wonderful work,” festival director Rebecca Yeldham said.
The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Jun 16-26, opening with Richard Linklater’s Bernie and closing last night with Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark. For further details about winners and the festival visit the official website.