Winners Announced for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

Stephane Lafleur’s Familiar Ground and Beverly Kopf & Bobbie Birleffi’s Wish Me Away Win Jury Awards

Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest and Asif Kapadia’s Senna Win Audience Awards

…Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards.  The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $15,000 cash prize, funded by Film Independent, for the winning film’s director.  The awards were established by the Festival to encourage independent filmmakers to pursue their artistic ambitions.

“It was such a rich year in competition films, so our juries had really tough choices to make.  The winning films are the cream of a particularly delicious crop, and we’re delighted that they reflect the Festival’s dedication to movies from all over the world,” said Festival Artistic Director David Ansen.

The Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to Stephane Lafleur for the North American Premiere of Familiar Ground .  The Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi for the World Premiere of Wish Me Away .

The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne , Amanda Street, and Gabriel Diamond for their performances in Amber Sealey’s How to Cheat . Given to an actor or actors from an official selection in the Narrative Competition, this is the eighth year the award has been given at the Festival.

For the first time, the Los Angeles Film 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 . The award for Best Documentary Short Film went to Susan Koenen’s I Am a Girl! .  Mikey Please’s The Eagleman Stag won the award for Best Animated Short Film.

The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Attack the Block , directed by Joe Cornish and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest , directed by Michael Rapaport .   Asif Kapadia’s Senna won the Audience Award for Best International Feature.

The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to Blind Date , directed by Joe Rosen . Can’t Shake This Feeling , directed by The General Assembly’s Adam Littke, Ryan McNeill, Adam Willis won the Audience Award for Best Music Video for Grum.

The Narrative Feature Competition jury was comprised of director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance), Head/Founder of Giant Robot Eric Nakamura, and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns). The Documentary Feature Competition jury was comprised of Spirit Award-winning director Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol), Executive Director of the International Documentary Association Michael Lumpkin, and Co-editor of Slake magazine Laurie Ochoa.  The Shorts Competition jury was comprised of casting director Margery Simkin, film critic Alonso Duralde, and actress Lisa Gay Hamilton.

 

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