Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family (En Familie) and J Clay Tweel’s Make Believe earned top narrative and documentary jury honours as the Los Angeles Film Festival ended over the weekend.
The two top juried awards each carry an unrestricted $50,000 cash prize funded by FIND.
The audience award for best narrative feature went to Chris Morris’ Four Lions and the prize for best documentary feature went to Thunder Soul, directed by Mark Landsman.
Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith’s Presumed Guilty won the audience award for best international feature and the short film prize went to James Blagden’s Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No.
Returning to the juries awards, the prize for best ensemble performance in the narrative competition went to Sabrina Lloyd, James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Harry Chase, Nate Smith and Kamel Boutros for their performance in Adam Reid’s Hello Lonesome.
The award for best narrative short film went to Pablo Larcuen’s My Invisible Friend, while documentary went to Tomasz Wolski’s The Lucky One and Beomsik Shimbe Shim’s Wonder Hospital took the animated prize.
“In a year that celebrated an exhilarating spectrum of American and international cinema, it’s so fitting that these jury awards reflect the incredible diversity of the festival,” festival director Rebecca Yeldham said.
“There were thousands of movie fans at the festival this year, discovering new stories from our talented filmmakers,” FIND executive director Dawn Hudson added. “We are delighted to have the support of the Los Angeles film-going community for these films and their creators”
The festival ran in Downtown Los Angeles from June 17-27.