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LAFA Winners - February 2023




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Best Picture

Mind Thief - Matt Steinauer


Best Narrative Feature

Mind Thief - Matt Steinauer


Best Narrative Short

Hey Alexa - Rebecca Demeter, Xochi Blymyer


Honorable Mention: Narrative Short

The Story of This Life - Alex Jiang


Best Indie Feature

Footnotes - Chris Leary


Honorable Mention: Indie Feature

A Refugee's Guide to Rome - Ted Efremoff


Best Indie Short

A Tiger in the Subway - James Abrams


Honorable Mention: Indie Short

THE WA$HER - Ziyue Hu


Best Drama

Roop Nagar Ke Cheetey - Vihan Suryavanshi


Best Comedy

Swish - Jill Narciso


Best Dark Comedy

The Cannibals - Kim Hopkins, Abigail Breslin


Best Romantic Comedy

Swipe - Tailiah Breon, Destiny Jackson


Best Parody

Jump Scares: The Movie - Peter Masterton


Best Thriller

Adam - Brandon Calvillo


Best Horror

Flash, Latch, Strike - Nick Dart


Best Romance Film

Blueberry - Claire Chubbuck


Best Sci-Fi

tRuth - Sylvie Zaidman, Nic Shake


Best Experimental Film

Tenderness - Adam William Wilson


Best Inspirational Film

From Food to Freedom - Nelson Campbell


Best Dance Film

RUM 444 - Peter Svenzon


Best Film Noir

A Tiger in the Subway - James Abrams


Best Western

Ruby Ring - Ziyue Hu


Best Action Film

One Shot - Banghui Zhang


Best Web/TV Pilot

The Risk Takers - Xano Alexander Cuervo


Best TV Series

The Cannibals - Kim Hopkins, Abigail Breslin


Best Documentary Feature

WILD LIFE - The Lance Mackey Story - Finn-Erik Rognan


Best Documentary Featurette

Powering Puerto Rico - Adam Fischer


Best Documentary Short

Finding My Edge - Jennifer Smith


Honorable Mention: Documentary

Encore - Xiao Ma


Best Animation

The RatRodFormers - Aliaksandr Sasha Kanavalau, Maciej Żuk


Honorable Mention: Animation

On / Off - Nicolas P. Villarreal


Best Music Video

123 - Bettina Campomanes


Best Student Film

Guilty - Bin Li


Honorable Mention: Student Film

Nothing Special - James Garces


Best Microfilm

Honorable Mention: Microfilm


Best Director (Feature)

Mind Thief - Matt Steinauer


Best Director (Short)

Hey Alexa - Rebecca Demeter


Honorable Mention: Director

Ruby Ring - Ziyue Hu


Best First Time Director (Feature)

Footnotes - Chris Leary


Best First Time Director (Short)

Finding My Edge - Jennifer Smith


Honorable Mention: First Time Director

Judge - Nicolo' Pozzali


Best Indie Filmmaker

Silent Sirens - Neil Sandhoefner


Best Young Filmmaker

The Water Has Memory - Yanguo Hou


Best Actor

The Story of This Life - Andy Sun


Best Actress

Hey Alexa - Stevie Lynn Jones


Best Actor in an Indie Film

Obstacle - Danny Bolero


Best Duo

Footnotes - Sharayu Mahale & Chris Leary


Honorable Mention: Duo

The Cannibals - Abigail Bresilin & Kim Hopkins


Best Cinematography

Footnotes - Victor Ingles


Best Editing

Tenderness - Nick Deliberto


Best Score

Footnotes - Charles Harvey Spears


Best Sound Design

Falling Up - Ethan Yuheng Xie


Inspiring Woman in a Film

LA CALIFORNIA - Giulia Provvedi


Best Virtual Reality

Thank you for sharing your world - Yu Sakudo


Best Original Story

The_Fishbowl - Erin Mackellin


Screenplay of the Month

Privileged Deceit - Annette C. Hull, Warren R Hull


Best Feature Screenplay

The Volunteer - Robert Allen Nelson, Jason Morwick


Honorable Mention: Feature Screenplay

Morituriosis - Jesse Dorian


Best Short Screenplay

Cowlick - Kevin Hart


Honorable Mention: Short Screenplay

Der Beker - Ruben Levi


Best Drama Screenplay

Colorado - Nicholas S Mata


Best Horror Screenplay

Morituriosis - Jesse Dorian


Best Film Noir Screenplay

CITIZEN - Marshall Ferrin


Best Sci-Fi Screenplay

Silver Eyes - Eric White


Best First Time Screenwriter

Hey Alexa - Xochi Blymyer


Best Television Script

Privileged Deceit - Annette C. Hull, Warren R Hull


Honorable Mention: Television Script

Dysphoria - Scott Simonsen


Special Jury Award

Stone Garden - Alysha Haran





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