AFI FEST 2012, which concluded yesterday, has unveiled the recipients of this year’s Audience and Jury Awards. Winners include Nicolaj Arcel’s Danish Oscar entry “A Royal Affair,” starring Mads Mikkelsen, and David Tosh Gitonga’s Kenyan Oscar entry “Nairobi Half Life.” Full list below.
Select award-winning films were given encore screenings on November 8. The Academy recognizes AFI FEST Grand Jury winners in the live-action and animated shorts section as Oscar-qualifying.
GRAND JURY AWARDS, LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORT
Live Action Short: INTRODUCING: BOBBY. by Roger Hayn “for crafting an honest vision of America by making an insightful portrayal of a single man.”
Animated Short: OH WILLY… by Emma De Swaef and Marc Roels “for melding a dynamic narrative with innovative animation style that leads the viewer to pure wonderment.”
GRAND JURY AWARD, NEW AUTEURS
EAT SLEEP DIE for director Gabriela Pichler’s “sensitive portrait of a young woman fighting to keep her job and her dignity in the globalized economy, driven by an energetic performance from Nermina Lukac, is an extraordinary work accessible to many audiences.”
World Cinema: A ROYAL AFFAIR. DIR Nikolaj Arcel. Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany.
New Auteurs: A HIJACKING. DIR Tobias Lindholm. Denmark.
Young Americans: ONLY THE YOUNG. DIR Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims. USA.
Breakthrough: NAIROBI HALF LIFE. DIR David Tosh Gitonga. Kenya/Germany.