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Exclusive: Hollywood Film Fest Announces This Year's Winners

By Ramzi De Coster | Indiewire October 21, 2013 at 3:31PM

Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival, Jon Fitzgerald, has announced the festival's 2013 award winners.
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"Autumn Blood"
"Autumn Blood"

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.

This article is related to: Social Impact, Hollywood, Short Films, Documentary







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