NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) — a nonprofit organization dedicated to works by emerging auteurs — has announced the winners of its 8th annual Best of NFMLA Awards.
Per the org, the nominees were selected from many films from NFMLA’s InFocus diversity initiative including directors, writers, producers and performers who represent the highlights from NFMLA’s most recent season’s programming. NFMLA had planned to host an in-person awards event but had to postpone such a gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The jury consisted of Oscar winner Karen Toliver of Sony Pictures Animation, CAA’s Ruben Garcia, Netflix’s Penelope Essoyan, Blumhouse’s Jeanette Volturno, Gersh Agency’s Davina Hefflin, Boom! Studios’ Mette Norkjaer, Circle of Confusion’s Ashley Berns, Shondaland’s Scott Collins, Legendary’s Vasco Xu, the Academy’s Bettina Fisher, Sundance Institute’s Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, and members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Bárbara de Oliveira Pinto, Ana Maria Bahiana, Katherine Tulich, Ersi Danou and Lilly Lui.
The winners are below. A full roster, including nominees can be found here.
Best Feature: The Turn Out, directed and produced by Pearl Gluck
Best Documentary Feature: The Condor & The Eagle, directed by Sophie Guerra and Clement Guerra, produced by Janet MacGillivray
Best Short Film, Comedy: Pie, directed by Adria Tennor, produced by Cindi Knapton and Adria Tennor
Best Short Film, Drama: Piel Canela (Cinnamon Skin), directed and produced by Michelle Salcedo
Best Short Film, Documentary: Fast Horse, directed by Alexandra Lazarowich, produced by Niobe Thompson
Best Short Foreign Film, Drama: Tangles and Knots, directed by Renée Marie Petropoulos, produced by Yingna Lu
Best Short Foreign Film, Comedy: Dunya’s Day, directed by Raed Alsemari, produced by Sarah Elnawasrah
Best Short Film, Animated: Sister, directed and produced by Siqi Song
Best Screenplay: Son of a Dancer, written by Georges Hazim
Best New Media: Remission, directed by John Charter, produced by Paul Kaiser and John Charter
Best Performance, Comedy: Evan Alex, Blueberry
Best Performance, Drama: Patricia Meneses, We Vanish
Best Cinematography: Enrico Silva, Manifestation
Best Film Editing: Habib Semaan, Brothers
Best Sound Design: Jason Martin Castillo, Place
Best Score: David Bashford, Voxgirl
Best New Filmmaker of the Year: Michelle Salcedo