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LAFA Winners - April 2022


Best Picture

The Crossing - Tomas Simonsen

Best Narrative Film

Remembrance - Michael Kumar

Honorable Mention: Narrative Film

Amara's Smile - DC Brandon

Best Indie Film

The Winter Fern - Gwen Gottlieb

Honorable Mention: Indie Film

Go Fetch Club - Pilar Adara

Best Drama

Remembrance - Michael Kumar

Best Comedy

Under the Influence - Lucy Reevely

Best Thriller

Nightline - Robert Sedlacek

Best Romance Film

A Beautiful Breakup - Ajithvasan Uggina

Best Sci-Fi

Starship Troopers Deadlock - Steffen Werner

Best Experimental Film

Queen Mab - Elizabeth Quilter

Honorable Mention: Experimental Film

pass:on - Pablo Daniel Magee

Best Inspirational Film

The Milly Project - Kendra Chappell, Lizbeth Chappell

Best Musical/Dance Film

This Room is My Oyster - Theodore Matza

Best Film Noir

A Cold Farewell - Art Medina

Best LGBTQ Film

When a Circle Decides to Not be a Circle Anymore - Nasir Malekijoo

Best Fantasy Film

Double Trouble - Brendan Casey

Best Action Film

The Crossing - Tomas Simonsen

Best Web/TV Pilot

Olive - Flora Charlotte Lopategui

Best Web Series

It's Daisy May - Candice Palladino

Best Documentary Feature

Hot Money - Susan Kucera

Best Documentary Featurette

The Ones Who Keep Walking - Amarachi Nwosu

Best Documentary Short

Nobody Owns Me - Anouk Meissner

Honorable Mention: Documentary

Cloud of Witnesses - Kevin Strickland

Best Animation

Delivery - Hsin Ting Lin

Honorable Mention: Animation

Stellest Genesis - Pablo Daniel Magee

Best Music Video

That Guy - Tyson Yoshi, YOCK

Honorable Mention: Music Video

The Search For Love - Adebomi Adeyeye

Best Student Film

Unsaid Words - Stark Zhao

Honorable Mention: Student Film

Broken Stars - HanYing Du

Best Director (Feature)

The Crossing - Tomas Simonsen

Best Director (Short)

Under the Influence - Lucy Reevely

Honorable Mention: Director

Remembrance - Michael Kumar

Best First Time Director (Feature)

Dreamland - A Storming Area 51 Story - Brian Moreno

Best First Time Director (Short)

Man in a Maze - Sergio Jimenez

Honorable Mention: First Time Director

The Soldier - Devin O'Guinn

Best Indie Filmmaker

4 LOVE & EMBRYOS - Brett Salamin

Best Young Filmmaker

Old Neighborhood with Greeny Trees - Arnold Shin

Best Actor

The Crossing - Wiktor Simonsen

Honorable Mention: Actor

Anacostia - Anthony Anderson

Best Actress

The Winter Fern - Gwen Gottlieb

Honorable Mention: Actress

Remembrance - Emily Maldonado

Best Actor in an Indie Film

Come Back - Adam Race

Best Actress in an Indie Film

Letters to Daniel - Megan Jones

Best Score

The Crossing - Christopher Farrell

Honorable Mention: Score

A Beautiful Breakup - Ilaiyaraaja

Best Song

The Clay and The Girl - What Can Break This Echo - George Breadman, Christos Danakas

Honorable Mention: Song

Olive - Lucy Nicholson

Inspiring Woman in a Film

The Winter Fern - Gwen Gottlieb

Best Virtual Reality

Childhood Revisited - Wen-Chieh Chang

Best Costume Design

Olive - Flora Charlotte Lopategui

Best Commercial

Do Not Flip - Tim Moldenhauer

Honorable Mention: Commercial

Mo Pies - In Love - Dandrell Scott, Monece Starling

Best Original Story

A Beautiful Breakup - Ajithvasan Uggina

Honorable Mention: Original Story

Olive - Flora Charlotte Lopategui, Lucy Nicholson, Joseph Day Archer

Screenplay of the Month

Submerged - Josh Madden

Best Feature Screenplay

From The Dead - Connor Rielly

Honorable Mention: Feature Screenplay

Beyond Us - Shaughn Andrew Cameron

Best Short Screenplay

The Other Room - Alexis Alison Archer

Honorable Mention: Short Screenplay

Song Of The Selkie - Kerry Browne

Best Drama Screenplay

Submerged - Josh Madden

Best Comedy Screenplay

Killer Effort - Peter Hsieh

Best Thriller Screenplay

Like Father Like Son - Barry Jay

Best Action Screenplay

The Shroud Trinity - Frank McEvoy

Best Sci-Fi Screenplay

Visionaries - Richard Seneque

Best Fantasy Screenplay

The Morrisfield Misfits and The Sword of Fate - John Munn

Best First Time Screenwriter

Mandela Affected - Alexis Nichele Pauling

Honorable Mention: First Time Screenwriter

Perception - Robyn Babina

Best Television Script

Monstra - Samantha Garcia, Allison Garcia

Honorable Mention: Television Script

A Certain Age - Nina-Marie Gardner

Special Jury Award

The Enchanted Mission - Marta Torres

Special Jury Award

Shadows Imperfect - Catherine Schandl

Special Jury Award

Dennyiah - RECALL - Erik Jasaň

The Crossing - Official Trailer

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