La Costa Festival: ESPN Films Nabs Two Top Awards

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The network's film division takes home best feature documentary for 'Brothers in Exile'

The La Costa Film Festival has unveiled this year's list of winners, which included two triumphs for ESPN Films.

The network's film division took home best feature documentary for Brothers in Exile and best documentary short for Tommy and Frank. (Brothers in Exile also won the Audience Award for feature documentary.)

The festival kicked off Sept. 18, 2014, with Frank vs. God, starring Henry Cusick and Ever Carradine, at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

Throughout its four-day run, the festival screened 43 films from 13 countries and drew a number of prominent filmmakers including Ed Harris and Ron Shelton (Bull Durham). More than 4,500 attended this year's incarnation.

This year, the festival launched a partnership with Peter Guber and Mike Tollin's Mandalay Sports Media to co-curate the festival's sports-themed narrative, documentary and shorts programs.

The 2014 jury featured a roster of industry professionals, including producer Cash Warren, Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad CEO Brad Holland, Emmy winner Ira Opper, KUSI-TV sports director Paul Rudy and former San Diego Chargers kicker John Carney.

A complete list of winners can be found below:

Sports Jury Competition Winners:

Feature Film: Brothers in Exile (ESPN Films)

Short Film: Tommy and Frank (ESPN Films)

Audience Choice Awards:

Narrative Feature: Una VidaRichie Adams

Foreign Narrative Feature: White LiesDana Rotberg

Documentary Feature: Brothers in ExileMario Diaz

Documentary Feature: Bella Vita, Jason Baffa

Short Film: Tandem, Matthew Douglas Helfgot, Jared Hillman

Foreign Short Film: Bis gleich, Benjamin Wolff

Honorable Mention: h2mexico, Brent Deal

Festival Honors:

Legacy Award: Ed Harris

"Ambassador of Sports" Award: Ron Shelton

High School Short Film Competition Winner: Sofia, Jason Phillips and Brandon Chase of Canyon Crest High School

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