John Chester’s documentary The Biggest Little Farm has won the AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi audience award feature prize.
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years in the life of Chester and his wife as they move out of Los Angeles to build a sustainable farm.
Rayka Zehtabchi’s Period. End Of Sentence won the audience award for best short and examines the impact on feminine hygiene in a village in northern India when a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed. Awards consultant Lisa Taback served as producer.
The grand jury award for live-action short went to Katrelle Kindred’s War Paint, about a South LA black girl who experiences racism and sexism during the Fourth of July holiday. The grand jury award for animated short was presented to Martina Scarpelli.
The AFI FEST programme concluded on Thursday night with the world premiere of Mary Queen Of Scots, albeit without a red carpet out of respect to victims of the California wildfires, as had been the case on several festival screenings such as Bird Box, Destroyer, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, and Widows.
Overall the festival screened 135 titles – 84 features, four episodic, 47 shorts – representing 45 countries, including 65 films directed by women, 29 documentaries and nine animated films. The festival ran from November 8-14.