Clint Bentley’s awards season prospect Jockey starring Clifton Collins Jr as an aging race jockey was named AFI Fest audience award narrative feature winner on Monday (November 15).
Tommy Oliver’s Juice Wrld, about the life and death of the young hip hop star, took the corresponding documentary feature award. The short film prize went to Johnson Cheng for
Only The Moon Stands Still about three generations of Chinese women who bid farewell to their family ballroom dance studio. Grand Jury Award winners for Live Action and Animated Short – Suzannah Mirghani’s Al-Sit and Diana Cam Van Nguyen’s Love, Dad, respectively – will be eligible for corresponding categories at the Oscars.
“Bringing filmmakers and movie fans together to celebrate the moving image is at the heart of AFI Fest,” said Sarah Harris, director of programming, AFI Festivals. “The excitement of all festivalgoers to be together in the theatres, once again, was electric. This year’s festival has truly shown everyone the power of the art form to lift our spirits when it’s needed the most.”
AFI Fest ran from November 10-14 and screened 118 titles (51 features, one episodic, 49 shorts, including 19 Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST shorts and 17 AFI Conservatory Showcase shorts). Some 51% of the films were directed by women, 39% by BIPOC and 13% by LGBTQ+.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick… Boom! opened the festival and was one of seven world premieres that included Halle Berry’s Bruised and Garth Jennings’s Sing 2.