At an intimate ceremony held in the festival lounge, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the winners in this year’s awards categories.
Detective noir “Man From Reno” and “Stray Dog,” a documentary about a Vietnam veteran and his friends, took home the festival’s top honors: Narrative Award (For Best Narrative Feature) and Documentary Award (For Best Documentary).
The jury praised how “Man From Reno” examines “barriers of age, language and success, set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters.”
Similarly, Debra Granik’s “Stray Dog” — her first film since the 2010 release of the Academy Award nominated drama “Winter’s Bone” — was called “a beautifully crafted observational portrait that addresses, with love, empathy and humor, some of the issues we struggle with as a country today, such as PTSD, immigration and poverty.”
The LA Muse Award, also given out by the jury, was awarded to Damian John Harper’s neo-realist drama “Los Angeles,” about the complexities of the Zapotec community in Oaxaca.
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All three jury awards include a $5,000 unrestricted cash prize for the recipients.
For the full list of winners, see below:
- Best Performance in the Narrative Competition: The Ensemble Cast of “Recommended by Enrique”
- Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: “The Young Kieslowski”
- Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: “Meet the Patels”
- Audience Award for Best International Feature: “Someone You Love”
- Award for Best Narrative Short Film: “The Runaway”
- Award for Best Documentary Short Film: “The Queen”
- Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film: “Butter Lamp”
- Audience Award for Best Short Film: “The Gunfighter”
- Audience Award for Best Music Video: “Turn Down for What: Lil Jon and DJ Snake”