Last night marked the closing night of the freshly relocated 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), with the announcement of the festival’s audience winners prior to the screening of LAFF’s closing night film, “Despicable Me,” (which Todd McCarthy deemed a “wannabe rather than the real thing.”)
Christopher Morris nabbed the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature for his Sundance hit, “Four Lions.” Marc Landsman’s “Thunder Soul,” continued its winning streak (following an award at SXSW), by picking up the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Meanwhile, Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith’s Mexican documentary “Presumed Guilty” walked away with the Audience Award for Best International Feature.
As previously announced, the Jury prizes were awarded the night before. The big winners were Danish director Pernille Fisher Christensen’s “En Famille” (A Family), which won the Jury Narrative Award, and J. Clay Tweel’s “Make Believe,” which collected the Jury Documentary Award. Both top prize winners were awarded with an unrestricted $50,000 cash prize from Film Independent, which organizes the annual festival as well as the Spirit Awards.
Predictably the film that drew the biggest buzz in downtown Los Angeles wasn’t one of LAFF’s many winners, or LAFF star studded opener “The Kids Are All Right,” starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. It was the world premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” as Kim Adelman reported for indieWIRE. When not holed up in movie theaters, festival goers witnessed hordes of “Twilight” diehard fans camping out nights before the actual screening.
Adelman, who was on hand at LAFF to report on the happenings of the festival, also provided a preview of three docs making their world premieres, and reported back on a marketing and distribution symposium that took place at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles during the run of the festival.
Additionally, indieWIRE interviewed 15 LAFF directors who had works screened at the festival, including jury award winner Pernille Fischer Christensen (“En Famille”).