'Children of Invention' feted in LA

So Yong Kim, Michael Chen also pick up awards

Tze Chun's "Children of Invention" took home the grand jury prize for outstanding fiction film and also picked up acting awards for Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu at the 2009 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which concluded Thursday with a screening of Yojiro Takita's "Departures" at the Aratani/Japan America Theater in Los Angeles.

The outstanding director award went to So Yong Kim for "Treeless Mountain," which also picked up acting awards for Hee Yeon Kim and Song Hee Kim.

David Boyle's "White on Rice" received the outstanding screenplay prize and an acting award for Justin Kwong.

First-time filmmaker Mark Tran received the outstanding first film award for his feature "All About Dad."

Christopher Wong's "Whatever It Takes" received the grand jury prize for outstanding nonfiction film, while Alexander Lee's "The Real Shaolin" was recognized with a special jury prize.

The audience awards went to Sarba Das' "Karma Kalling," chosen favorite feature film, and Wong's "Whatever," favorite documentary.

The fest screened 136 shorts, and Lee Hwa June's "A Green Mountain in Her Drawer" was the recipient of the Golden Reel Award, while Michael Tay was honored with the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions award for his film "Wet Season."