LA Film Fest Winners Unveiled

Courtesy of LA Film Festival
'Blood Stripe'

The event, put on by Film Independent, took place at the ArcLight in Culver City.

Film Independent on Friday announced the winners of this year's LA Film Festival.

Remy Auberjonois' Blood Stripe took home the U.S. Fiction Award, while the World Fiction Award was given to Anaïs Volpé's HEIS. The Documentary Award went to Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares for Political Animals.

The Audience Awards went to Ryon Baxter's GREEN / is / GOLD for feature fiction, while Ware's Political Animals garnered a second honor, taking home the prize for documentary feature.

The LA Muse Award went to Heidi Saman for Namour, and the Nightfall Award was presented to Jackson Stewart for Beyond the Gates.

Shorts awards went to The Beast, directed by Daina Oniunas Pusić, for fiction, and Yung Chang's The Gatekeeper for documentary. Rachida El Garani's Into Darkness nabbed the Audience Award for Short Film.

“With all the talk about diversifying Hollywood, the LA Film Festival provides proof that talented filmmakers with new voices are out there, they just need a platform and that’s what we’re providing,” said festival director Stephanie Allain. "One of the more satisfying aspects of this job is watching new directors blossom in the spotlight."

The LA Film Fest ran June 1-9 at the ArcLight theaters in Culver City and Hollywood.