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LA Film Festival Announces 2011 Awards

LAFilmFest_1.jpgThe Los Angeles Film Festival announced their jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival at the Awards Brunch, sponsored and hosted by zLA Times, LA Live, CHAYA Downtown and Dove® Hair Care.  Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards.  The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles.

“David, Doug and the team continue to raise the bar with the quality of our programming slate.  We’re enormously proud to host such an exceptional and diverse group of films and filmmakers at this year’s Festival, and to have introduced audiences to their wonderful work” said Los Angeles Film Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $15,000 cash prize, funded by Film Independent, for the winning film’s director.  The awards were established by the Festival encourage independent filmmakers to pursue their artistic ambitions.

“It was such a rich year in competition films, so our juries had really tough choices to make.  The winning films are the cream of a particularly delicious crop, and we’re delighted that they reflect the Festival’s dedication to movies from all over the world,” said Festival Artistic Director David Ansen.

The Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to Stéphane Lafleur for the North American Premiere of Familiar Ground.  The Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi for the World Premiere of Wish Me Away.

For more information, go to http://www.lafilmfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2011-LAFF-Winners-Release-FINAL.doc

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