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‘James White,’ ‘Mustang’ and ‘Ma’ Win Big at AFI FEST 2015

'James White,' 'Mustang' and 'Ma' Win Big at AFI FEST 2015


AFI FEST 2015 has just announced the Jury and Audience Award winners for this year’s festival. This year’s edition featured 130 films, including “By the Sea,” “Concussion” and “The Big Short.” The following features and shorts were chosen by AFI’s various jury teams and audience members. 

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Jury Awards


New Auteurs Grand Jury Award:
“Land and Shade,” dir. César Augusto Acevedo

Special Jury Mention for Direction: “Disorder,” dir. Alice Winocour

Special Jury Mention for Screenplay: “Desde Alla,” Lorenzo Vigas

Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: “Boys,” Isabella Carbonell

Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: “World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt

Live Action Short Special Mention for Innovative Storytelling: “Rate Me,” dir. Fyazl Boulifa

Live Action Short Special Mention for Nonfiction Filmmaking: “The Reagan Shorts,” dir. Pacho Velez

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting: “Teeth,” dir. Tom Brown, Daniel Gray

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Creative Vision: “Manoman,” dir. Simon Cartwright

Audience Awards


World Cinema Audience Award
: “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Erguven

New Auteurs Audience Award: Landfill Harmonic,” dir. Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley, Juliana Penaranda-Loftus 

American Independents Audience Award:James White,” dir. Josh Mond

Breakthrough Audience Award:Ma,” dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall

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