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Exclusive: Hollywood Film Fest Announces This Year’s Winners

Exclusive: Hollywood Film Fest Announces This Year's Winners

Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival, Jon Fitzgerald, has announced the festival’s 2013 award winners.

Hollywood Film Festival ran from Friday, October 18 to Sunday October 20 in Hollywood and has in its 17th year continued to aspire to screen and celebrate narrative and short films from around the world. This year’s festival screened 50 feature films, documentaries and shorts all together representing 12 countries and also placed added emphasis on social impact documentaries supported by CineCause and Hollywood Gives Back.

The Hollywood Film Festival included the world premieres of “Friends of Mine,” “Life Inside Out,” “Drew, The Man Behind the Poster” as well as the U.S. premieres of “Red Robin” and “Autumn Wanderer.”

Check out the festival’s award categories and their winners below: 

Narrative
Award (for Best Narrative Feature)

Winner:
Autumn Blood

directed by Markus Blunder (Austria)

High
in the mountains, a widowed mother dies, leaving her two children orphaned.
Fearing being split up they keep their mother’s death a secret. They survive
until villagers destroy their innocence when they brutally assault the girl.
Now the siblings must come of age to protect each other and survive.

Documentary
Award (for Best Documentary Feature)

Winner:
Walking the Camino
directed by Lydia Smith (Spain)

Six
determined strangers on a life-changing journey across Spain. Whatever their
motivation, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold, what personal
demons or angels they will face, or what transformations they will undergo by
trail’s end.

Short
Film Award (for Best Short Film)

Winner:
The Bright Side
directed by Sarah Wilson Thacker (U.S.)

1940’s Hollywood glitz, glamour, and the promise of the
American dream meets the harsh, gritty reality of a world at war in this
musical romance, where Leonard Lewis, a young theatre performer, races against
time and confusion to vie for the heart of the girl of his dreams – before it’s
too late.

Emerging
Filmmaker Award (for nascent local filmmaker)

Winner:
Autumn Wanderer
directed by Nathan Sutton (U.S.)

While
dealing with his father’s schizophrenia, and the very real possibility of it
being passed down, Charlie meets the woman of his dreams.

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