'Owl,' 'Resolved, 'Young' collect L.A. fest trophies

Event ends with Boyle's 'Sunshine'

Stephane Gauger's "Owl and the Sparrow," Greg Whiteley's "Resolved" and Stephen Walker's "Young @ Heart" took audience awards for best narrative feature, best documentary feature and best international feature, respectively, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

As previously announced, Chris Eska's "August Evening" and Jennifer Venditti's "Billy the Kid" were the recipients of the Target Filmmaker Award for best narrative feature and the Target Documentary Award, respectively.

The filmmakers were recognized at the closing-night ceremonies, organized by Film Independent, at the Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood, where Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," a Fox Searchlight release, screened as the closing night film.

Dee Rees' "Pariah" earned the audience award for best short film, while Joseph Kahn's "Knights of Cydonia" was honored with the audience award for best music video for the band Muse.

In the short film juried categories, Radu Jude's "The Tube With a Hat" was chosen best narrative short film, David Fenster's "Wood" was named best documentary short film and Fredrik Emilson's "Love and War" was selected best animated/experimental short film.

"Owl" concerns a 10-year-old girl in Vietnam who escapes her factory job and heads to Saigon, where she assembles a new family. "Resolved" is a docu that looks at race and class divisions in the U.S. through the eyes of two high school debaters. International winner "Young" is a documentary from England that tells the story of a senior citizen chorus that performs covers of songs from James Brown to Coldplay.

The fest received more than 4,500 submissions from filmmakers around the world; 260 films and music videos were selected to screen.
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