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LAFA Winners - October 2022


Best Picture

donut - John Conn

Best Narrative Feature

Trapped Inn - Leah Sturgis

Honorable Mention: Narrative Feature

The Divine Protector - Hiroshi Akabane, Sayaka Okawa

Best Narrative Short

Starting Over - Yaqi Mao

Honorable Mention: Narrative Short

BIRHA - Puneet Prakash Pandey

Best Indie Short

Good Guy, Bad Day - Brett Salamin

Honorable Mention: Indie Short

Providence - Anant Mehra

Best Drama

The Day, at the Beach - Cindy Di Xin

Best Romantic Comedy

Perspectives - Veronica Nichols

Best Thriller

Catalyst - Christopher Folkens

Best Horror

Town Mall 2 - Nevin Hiong

Best Experimental Film

Tenuto - Meg Halski

Best Musical/Dance Film

Pigments - Dawn Richard, Monty Marsh

Best Film Noir

Dahlia - William Hawks

Best LGBTQ Film

Beyond Ed Buck - Jayce Baron, Hailie Sahar

Best Western

Path of the Damned - Jack Kockenmeister

Best Action Film

Fracture - Stefan Weerarathna, James Huynh

Best Web/TV Pilot

Night Visit - Abdul Stone Jackson, Khalil S Zanika

Best TV Series

Crippled Kings - Marquis Boone, Creed, Krystal M Harris

Best Documentary Feature

Rehumanize - Kelsey Darragh

Best Documentary Short

End to End - George Pearton

Honorable Mention: Documentary

Queer and Frum - Michael Katoni

Best Music Video

We Are William - Sun Eater - Jeffrey Riley

Honorable Mention: Music Video

Stronger - Mohammed K Paika

Best Student Film

Unraptured - Xiaoyang Yi

Honorable Mention: Student Film

Visit - Qunyao Liang

Best Microfilm

Anja Unleashed - Massimiliano Moro

Best Director

The Day, at the Beach - Cindy Di Xin

Honorable Mention: Director

Anniversary - Ali Schmahl, Stefanie Schmahl

Best First Time Director (Feature)

Catalyst - Christopher Folkens

Best First Time Director (Short)

donut - John Conn

Honorable Mention: First Time Director

Five Star Review - Vivien Vitolo

Best Young Filmmaker

Dark Room - Qirui Zhang

Honorable Mention: Young Filmmaker

The Elephant - Yilun Bi

Best Actor

Sonder - Keir Dullea

Honorable Mention: Actor

My Molly - Michael Daruler

Best Actress

Starting Over - Emilie Brooks

Honorable Mention: Actress

Five Star Review - Kiley Rothweiler

Best Cinematography

Trapped Inn - John Hafner

Honorable Mention: Cinematography

St.Lover - Ying Chih Chen

Best Score

Seven Lost - Mariano Saulino

Honorable Mention: Score

Pigments - Dawn Richard, Spencer Zahn

Inspiring Woman in a Film

Starting Over - Emilie Brooks

Best Trailer

Trapped Inn - Leah Sturgis, Glenn Martinez

Best Commercial

St.Lover - Ying Chih Chen

Best Original Story

Anniversary - Ali Schmahl, Stefanie Schmahl

Honorable Mention: Original Story

Chance - Ryan Hayes

Screenplay of the Month

Ends Of The Earth - Amy Jo Johnson

Best Feature Screenplay

Ends Of The Earth - Amy Jo Johnson

Honorable Mention: Feature Screenplay

Above Ground - Matt Guajardo Kelsey, Marion Kerr

Best Short Screenplay

Comedy Show at the End of the World - Alli Brown

Honorable Mention: Short Screenplay

Dive Into The Blue - Ge Gao

Best Drama Screenplay

Shadows At Noon - Gary Sturm

Best Comedy Screenplay

The Misadventures of Billie Jean - Don Willis

Best Thriller Screenplay

Exolatry - Michael Kureth

Best Action Screenplay

Winterhart - Julien Martin Wagner

Best Sci-Fi Screenplay

Seven Minutes - Louis Greco

Best First Time Screenwriter (Feature)

The Job in the Holler - Emily Pelphrey

Honorable Mention: First Time Screenwriter (Feature)

Too Much Love Will Kill You - Sami Abdel Ghani

Best First Time Screenwriter (Short)

BEBE - Marquis Boone

Honorable Mention: First Time Screenwriter (Short)

Longevity Noodles - Zu Gong

Best Television Script

Deathbed - Mars Mundy

Honorable Mention: Television Script

BS - James Murphy

Special Jury Award

Hi, womb! - Wenyuxuan Du

Special Jury Award

Escuchame - Ken Kitch

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