Pocas Pascoal’s “All is Well” and Everard Gonzalez’s “Drought” received the Los Angeles Film Festival’s narrative and documentary awards today at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, hosted by Jon Heder and Ari Graynor. Each filmmaker receives a $15,000 cash prize.
An honorable mention for narrative feature went to Dominga Sotomayor for “Thursday Till Sunday.”
The award for best performance in the narrative competition went to Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Aja Naomi King for Joshua Sanchez’s “Four.”
The LA Film Fest also awarded an unrestricted $5,000 cash prize to each short film category.
The award for best narrative short film went to “The Chair,” directed by Grainger David. The award for Best Documentary Short Film went to Josh Gibson for “Kudzu Vine”. Joseph Pierce’s “The Pub” won for Best Animated or Experimental Short Film. Each filmmaker receives a $5,000 cash prize.
The Audience Award for best narrative feature went to “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” directed by Benh Zeitlin and the Audience Award for best documentaryfeature went to “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives,” directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore. “Searching for Sugar Man,” directed by Malik Bendjelloul, won the audience award for best international feature.
The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to “Asad,” directed by Bryan Buckley. “Piranhas Club,” directed by Lex Halaby, won the audience award for best music video.
The Narrative Feature Competition jury was comprised of actress Rachael Harris, actor/writer/producer/director Robert Townsend and film critic Sheri Linden. The Documentary Feature Competition jury was comprised of producer Heather Rae, producer Karin Chien and director Mark Landsman. The Shorts Competition Jury was comprised of film critic and author Ernest Hardy, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber and writer/director/editor Javier Fuentes León.