Los Angeles Film Fest Winners Unveiled

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The fest, put on by Film Independent, took place at the ArcLight in Culver City.

Film Independent has announced the winners of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Remy Auberjonois’ Blood Stripe took home the U.S. Fiction Award, while the World Fiction Award was given to Anaïs Volpé’s HEIS. The Documentary Award went to Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares for Political Animals.

The Audience Awards were given to Ryon Baxter’s GREEN / is / GOLD for feature fiction, while Ware’s Political Animals garnered a second honor, taking home the prize for documentary feature.

The LA Muse Award was given to Heidi Saman for Namour, and the Nightfall Award went to Jackson Stewart for Beyond The Gates.

Shorts awards went to The Beast, directed by Daina Oniunas Pusić, for fiction, and Yung Chang’s The Gatekeeper for documentary. The Audience Award for Short Film went to Rachida El Garani’s Into Darkness.

“With all the talk about diversifying Hollywood, the LA Film Festival provides proof that talented filmmakers with new voices are out there, they just need a platform and that’s what we’re providing,” said Stephanie Allain, festival director. “One of the more satisfying aspects of this job is watching new directors blossom in the spotlight.”

The LA Film Fest took place June 1-9 at the ArcLight theaters in Culver City and Hollywood.

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