L.A. Film Festival crowns 'Prince'

'Loot' named best documentary at LAFF

Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway" was named best narrative feature and Darius Marder's "Loot" was selected as best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which held its closing awards ceremony Sunday night at Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theatre in Westwood.

Don Cheadle was honored with the 2008 Spirit of Independence Award at the event.

The audience award for best narrative feature went to Jonathan Levine for "The Wackness," and the audience award for best documentary feature was presented to Sacha Gervasi for "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." James Marsh's "Man on Wire" won the audience award for best international feature.

Jennifer Lawrence earned the award for outstanding performance in the narrative competition for her performance in Lori Petty's "The Poker House."

The award for best narrative short film went to Alice Winocour's "Magic Paris," while the prize for best documentary short film went to Eva Weber's "City of Cranes." Cam Christiansen's "I Have Seen the Future" won best animated/experimental short film.

The audience award for best short film went to Darren Thornton's "Frankie." Melanie Mandl's "Run" for the musical group Air won the audience award for best music video.

Guillermo del Toro presented the Target Filmmakers Awards for best narrative and docu to Baker and Marder on Saturday night before a screening of his new film "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." The documentary jury also bestowed a special commendation on "Pressure Cooker," directed by Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker.
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