LAFA Winners - October 2022




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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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