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Audience Award Winners of 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Announced

Jun 27, 2010 by D. J. Schwartz

Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival audience award winners before the Closing Night film, “Despicable Me.” The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE, began Thursday, June 17 and ended today.

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival screened over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries. This year, the Festival received more than 4,700 submissions from filmmakers around the world. The final selections represent 28 World, North American, and U.S. premieres, which more than doubled from 2009. The number of films competing in the narrative and documentary competition categories also increased this year from 13 to 18, of which half are World premieres.

Awards were given out in the following categories:

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

Winner: Four Lions
Director: Christopher Morris
Writers: Christopher Morris, Jesse Armstrong, and Sam Bain
Producers: Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, and Adeel Akhtar

Film Description: (England) Never one to shy away from taboo subjects, celebrated British satirist Christopher Morris tackles modern jihadism in this comedy of terrors about four bumbling suicide bombers in training.

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Winner: Thunder Soul
Director: Mark Landsman
Producers: Keith Calder, Mark Landsman, Jessica Wu
Featuring: The Kashmere Stage Band, Conrad O. Johnson

Film Description: A high school band unlike any other, the Kashmere Stage Band was a worldwide sensation in the ‘70s. Thirty-five years later, the band reunites to pay tribute to the man who made it all possible.

Audience Award for Best International Feature

Winner: Presumed Guilty
Directors: Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith
Producers: Layda Negrete, Roberto Hernández, Martha Sosa, Yissel Ibarra

Film Description: (Mexico) In Mexico, where 92% of convictions are not based on any physical evidence, two lawyers use the documentary lens to expose an abominable justice system and free one innocent man.

Audience Award for Best Short Film

Winner: Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No
Director: James Blagden
Producers: Christopher Isenberg, Donnell Alexander, Neille Ilel

Description: Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD-fueled no-hitter is revisited by the man himself.

Audience Award for Best Music Video

Winner: This Too Shall Pass
Directors: James Frost, OK Go, Syyn Labs
Producer: Shirley Moyers
Music: OK Go

The decision by Film Independent – Los Angeles Film Festival to hold the annual LAFF at LA Live was a success across the board.

For starters the venues chosen:

From the amount and frequency of their various events at LA Live, the Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, and more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos.

The Film Festival took no prisoners in hosting the media and filmmakers having a home away from home at both their Zone Media Lounge and Media Center, to the Red Carpet events and Q & A round tables with the submissions’ directors, producers, actors, and directors, including other venues nearby including the above mentioned John Anson Ford Amphitheater, the world famous Orpheum Theater, California Plaza, 7th and Fig, the Redcat, Disney Hall, the Downtown Independent and the Los Angeles Times Blog–the Los Angeles Film Festival can only grow in world importance, attendance, amount and quality of film submissions, and patron attendance.

Lastly the films and filmmakers–although Film Festival movies are more often than not a labor of love, especially during these tough economic times, this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival played host to all patrons of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in world class and unique venues that can only be described as a total and across the board success for the entire City of Los Angeles.

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