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LAFA Winners - September 2023


Best Picture

EAST - Dana Marisa Schoenfeld

Best Narrative Feature

Queen of Knives - Gene Pope, Jon Delgado

Best Narrative Short

Paradiso - Jonna Volz, Chris Paris, Curtis McConnell

Honorable Mention: Narrative Film

Grace - Michael Weil

Best Indie Feature

The Burden of Guilt - Lilton Stewart III

Best Indie Short

Dolore - Inias Céleste

Honorable Mention: Indie Film

1 - Yixuan Tu

Best Drama

Queen of Knives - Gene Pope, Jon Delgado

Best Comedy

Gary Internet - Carter Jay Allen

Best Dark Comedy

Love on the Island - Gabriel de Varona

Best Romantic Comedy

You, Me & Her - Selina Ringel, Dan Levy Dagerman

Best Romance Film

The Sound of Violet - Allen Wolf

Best Experimental Film

No More Love - Zafar Mehdi

Best Inspirational Film

The Sound of Violet - Allen Wolf

Best Musical/Dance Film

TONARI - Ben Tarquin, Sophia Noel, Lily Liu-Krason

Best Action Film

In Deep - Andrew Bachelor

Best Web/TV Pilot

EAST - Dana Marisa Schoenfeld

Best TV Series

EAST - Dana Marisa Schoenfeld

Best Virtual Reality

By My Side - Hiroshi Chida, Mariko Toribe, Kenji Ishimaru

Best Commercial

A Badge - Xiaojie Shen

Best Documentary

In Search of the Tallest: A Redwoods Adventure - Steve A Hall

Best Music Video

Bold - Myrriah Xochitl

Honorable Mention: Music Video

Mirage - Jad Rahmé

Best Student Film

Best Future Friend - Samara Luna Cohen

Honorable Mention: Student Film

Chimera - Adler James Tuck

Best Director (Feature)

Queen of Knives - Jon Delgado

Best Director (Short)

We Have Notes - Jordan McKittrick

Best First Time Director (Feature)

A Father's Story - Alexander Tyrell Athy

Best First Time Director (Short)

Runt - Bess Noakes-Kettel, Brendan Void

Honorable Mention: First Time Director (Short)

Welcome To Hell - Zachary Bradtke

Best Indie Filmmaker

Autumn Rain - Ken Shinozaki

Best Young Filmmaker

Telescope - Nicolás Dimópulos

Best Actor

The Sound of Violet - Cason Thomas

Honorable Mention: Actor

Pieces of Mess - Anson Zheng

Best Actress

The Sound of Violet - Cora Cleary

Honorable Mention: Actress

Queen of Knives - Alexandra Renzo

Best Actor in an Indie Film

Dolore - Antone Proler

Best Actress in an Indie Film

Grace - Moyale Guardini

Best Supporting Actor

Queen of Knives - Justin Sams

Best Supporting Actress

Queen of Knives - Barbara Tirrell

Best Young Actress

Loki and Me - Skye Hope

Best Duo

To Grieve or Not to Grieve - Donald Watson & Mariann Aalda

Best Ensemble

The Fall - Danny Cano, Kyle Schmidt, Lucille Gutierrez, Hauk Heimdallsman, Laura Olivier, Jose Rosete, Daniel Leiva, Timothy Kennedy

Best Cinematography

Grace - Pascal Combes-Knoke

Best Editing

Queen of Knives - Maria Cataldo

Best Score

What You Sow - David Heymann

Best Song

Mama Ines - Yeisy de los Milagros Rojas Rodriguez

Inspiring Woman in a Film

Mothers - Diaries of a quarantine - Camila Padua, Caterine Nascimento, Emma Luode Clementino, Gisele Braga, Jimena Berlanga, Juliana Bernardino, Juliana Sposito, Julyana Egito, Katie Tellos, Livia Eisler Hoffman, Marcela Prado, Michele Lopes, Patricia Falco, Raquel Salvia Esmeraldo, Victoria Elizalde, Luciana Sato

Best Costume Design

Loki and Me - Cara Haley

Best Trailer

Mad Scientists : A.I. Maxima - Antonia Tong

Best Original Story

Queen of Knives - Gene Pope, Lindsay Joy

Honorable Mention: Original Story

Love on the Island - Gabriel de Varona

Screenplay of the Month

Borderland Lowrider Challenge - Dan Williams

Best Feature Screenplay

Borderland Lowrider Challenge - Dan Williams

Best Short Screenplay

I See You - Ansh Pathapadu

Best Drama Screenplay

Blueberry Smoothie - Darren Lee Murphy

Best Comedy Screenplay

The Jellyfish Syndrome - Dan Burle, Sr.

Best Action Screenplay

Tiger Bones - Dastan Khalili

Best First Time Screenwriter

I See You - Ansh Pathapadu

Best Television Script

Two Harbors - Brian Lange Stemmler

Special Jury Award

9/10: Love Before the Fall - Daron Hagen

Queen of Knives - Trailer

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