Hollywood Film Festival Announces Winners

Courtesy of The Hollywood Film Festival
'Forward. Side. Close!'

The winners were announced at Sunday night's ceremony.

The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival announced the winners of six categories Sunday night at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.

Sharing the title for best narrative film is Forward. Side. Close!, an Austrian film that follows the story of a castle-dwelling, obsessive compulsive man, and Waffle Street, the true story of the vice president of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and ends up working as a waiter at a waffle shop.

Best documentary feature, Among the Believers, came from Pakistan and is an exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan.

Pony took home the prize for best narrative short. It follows the story of a single mother who, when called away on a business trip, is forced to leave her five year-old daughter with Uncle Jeff — a former rock musician.

The Birth of an Artist , winner of the best documentary short category, is about a disabled Ukrainian girl who lives the life of a prolific artist.

Alexander Peter Lercher, director of Forward. Side. Close! and Candice Carella, director of Pony, both took home the prize for emerging filmmakers.

This year, the festival wanted to focus on socially relevant films. "The response to our social impact direction and focus from the Hollywood community and major companies worldwide has been overwhelming," said the festival's executive producer, Brad Parks

Best social impact film went to Right Footed, the true story of Jessica Cox, a woman born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but manages to become fully independent even learning to fly an airplane with her feet.

The Hollywood Film Festival ran from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27.