Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: Winners Announced

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival;and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the third year.

The Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to ‘Pocas Pascoal’ for the North American Premiere of ‘All is Well’, with an Honorable Mention going to Dominga Sotomayor's ‘Thursday Till Sunday’ . The Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Everardo Gonzalez for the US Premiere of ‘Drought’. The two top jury awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, each carrying unrestricted $15,000 cash prize, funded by Film Independent, for the winning film's director. The awards were established by the Festival to encourage independent filmmakers to pursue their artistic ambitions. The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Aja Naomi King for their performances in the World Premiere of ‘Joshua Sanchez's four’.

The narrative feature competition jury was comprised of actress Rachael Harris (Natural Selection, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movies), Robert Townsend (actor, writer, producer, director) and film critic Sheri Linden ( LAFCA, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times). The Documentary Feature Competition jury was comprised of producer Heather Rae (Frozen River, The Dry Land), producer Karin Chien (Circumstance, The Exploding Girl) and director Mark Landsman (thunder Soul).

Los Angeles Film Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. The 2012 Festival screened nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 30 countries.