LA Film Festival Award Winners Announced

LAFFFilm Independent announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2013 LA Film Festival. Actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead was on hand to present the awards.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the DIRECTV Narrative Award and DIRECTV Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $10,000 cash prize, funded by DIRECTV, for the winning film's director. The DIRECTV Narrative Award went to Janis Nords for Mother, I Love Youwhich made its United States premiere at the Festival. The DIRECTVDocumentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Ryan McGarryfor Code Black,which made its world premiere at the Festival.

The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Geetanjali Thapafor her performance in Kamal K.M's I.D,which made its North American premiere at the Festival. Given to an actor or actors from an official selection in the Narrative Competition, this is the tenth year the award has been given at the Festival.

The LA Film Fest also awarded an unrestricted $1,500 cash prize to each short film category. The recipient for the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Narrative Short Film went to Walker, directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. The recipient for the Honolulu Film Office Award forBest Documentary Short Film went to Kevin Jerome Eversonfor StoneEmma De Sweaf and Marc James Roels'Oh Willy…won the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Animated or Experimental Short Film.

The Audience Awardfor Best Narrative Feature went to Short Term 12 directed by Destin Daniel Crettonand the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee. Sony Pictures Classics' Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al Mansourwon the Audience Award for Best International Feature.

The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven, directed by Asa Blanck and Johan PalmgrenKatachi, directed by Kijek/Adamski with music by Shugo Tokumaruwon the Audience Award for Best Music Video.

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