LAFF: Dave Boyle's 'Man From Reno,' Debra Granik's 'Stray Dog' Win Top Prizes
Audience awards went to the narrative feature "The Young Kieslowski" and the documentary "Meet the Patels."
Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno, a San Francisco-set murder mystery, was named best narrative feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which concludes today. The jury award for best documentary went to Debra Granik’s Stray Dog, a portrait of biker Ron “Stray Dog” Hall.
Kerem Sanga’s The Young Kieslowski, an off-beat romantic comedy, captured the audience award for best narrative feature, while the audience voted its award for best documentary feature to Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel’s Meet the Patels, in which L.A.-based actor Ravi Patel consents to let his parents find him the ideal Indian bride.
The inaugural LA Muse Award, also chosen by jury, was presented to Damian John Harper's Los Angeles, about a young man in rural Oaxaca trying to raise money so he can be smuggled across the border. Each of the top three jury awards carried an unrestricted $5,000 cash prize for their respective directors.
Actor Vincent Piazza from Jersey Boys, which played as the festival's closing night film, handed out the honors at the fest's awards cocktail reception.
“This year the Los Angeles Film Festival reached a new high thanks to the audiences who packed theaters in support of the films. We’re so proud of every single film and celebrate the winners!" festival director Stephanie Allain said.
Earlier in the festival, Film Independent, which presents the annual event, announced that filmmakers Logan Kibens and Felipe Dieppa's Operator won the Sloan Fast Track Grant, a $15,000 production grant.
This year, LAFF and Funny or Die joined for the Make 'em LAFF talent competition, which was won by Suzi Yoonessi for Olive and Mocha: Fast Times at Sugar High. Yoonessi will have her next video produced by Funny or Die and received a talent hold deal presented by Fox Audience Strategy.
A complete list of winners follows:
Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature)
Winner: Man From Reno, directed by Dave Boyle
Producer: Ko Mori
Cast: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura
Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature)
Winner: Stray Dog, directedby Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini
Featuring: Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall, Alicia Soriano Hall, Felipe Angel Padilla Soriano, Felipe de Jesús Padilla Soriano
Honorable Mention: Walking Under Water, directed by Eliza Kubarska
Producer: Monika Braid
LA Muse Award
Winner: Los Ángeles by Damian John Harper
Producers: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Cast: Mateo Bautísta Matías, Marcos Rodriguez Ruíz, Lidia García, Daniel Bautista, Donaciano Bautista Matías
Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Winner: The Ensemble Cast of Recommended by Enrique, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel García
Producers: Rania Attieh, Daniel García, Ivan Eibuszyc, Mahalia Cohen, Alice Kharoubi
Cast: Lino Vareia, Sarah Swinwood
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Winner: The Young Kieslowski, directed by Kerem Sanga
Producers: Seth Caplan, Danny Leiner, Dave Hunter, Ross Putman
Cast: Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina, Melora Walters, James Le Gros, Osric Chau, Jessica Lu, John Redlinger
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Winner: Meet the Patels, directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel
Producers: Janet Eckholm, Geeta V. Patel
Featuring: Ravi V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Champa V. Patel
Audience Award for Best International Feature
Winner: Someone You Love, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Producers: Vinca Wiedemann, Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Sofus Rønnov, Eve Best
Award for Best Narrative Short Film
Winner: The Runaway, directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin, France.
Producer: Valentine de Bligniéres
Cast: Adel Bencherif, Médina Yalaoui
Award for Best Documentary Short Film
Winner: The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich, Argentina.
Producer: Daniela Raschcovsky
Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film
Winner: Butter Lamp, directedby Hu Wei, China/France
Producer: Julien Féret
Cast: Genden Punstock
Audience Award for Best Short Film
Winner: The Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack
Producer: Sarah Platt
Cast: Nick Offerman, Shawn Parsons, Scott Beehner, Eileen O’Connell, Jordan Black
Audience Award for Best Music Video
Winner: Turn Down For What: Lil Jon and DJ Snake, directed by Daniels
Music: Lil Jon & DJ Snake