DTLA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 AWARDS
The Loner And Crave: The Fast Life Big Winners
Jaco, Do Not Resist and PastPort: Cuba Honored as Best Docs
LOS ANGELES – Sept. 30, 2016 – The 8th annual Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DTLA Film Fest), presented by Toyota Mirai, announced its film awards during a Closing Night program last night at Regal L.A. LIVE. Over 8 days beginning Sept. 21, the festival screened more than 100 films of all genres, culled from more than 800 submissions, and featuring a host of curated series on Art+Architecture+Design Income Inequality, The Police & The People, Action Sports as well as showcases of foreign films from Cuba, Morocco and Spain.
In the category of feature-length narrative films the two big winners of the evening were The Loner, directed by Daniel Grove, and Crave: The Fast Life, directed by Joanquin F. Palma. The Loner, which was the festival’s Centerpiece Film, nabbed Best Picture and Best Actor honors, the latter for Reza Sixo Safai. Crave: The Fast Life won Audience Favorite and Best Cinematography, the latter for director of photography Seo Mutarevic.
In the nonfiction-feature-film category, awards were given to Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson, for Best Documentary; Jaco, directed by Paul Marchand, for Best Music Documentary, and Pastport Cuba, directed by Nicole di Rocco.
Other winners of the night were Jonathan Sheldon, Best Director – Narrative Feature for Swing State, which was the festival’s Opening Night Film; Rukiyat Masud, Best Actress – Narrative Feature, Children of the Mountain, and Margaret Byrne, Best First Time Director for Raising Bertie.
A complete list of the award winners follows:
FEATURE-LENGTH FILM AWARDS
Best Picture – Narrative
THE LONER | DIRECTED BY DANIEL GROVE
Best Picture – Documentary
DO NOT RESIST | DIRECTED BY CRAIG ATKINSON
Best Actor – Narrative
REZA SIXO SAFAI | THE LONER
Best Actress – Narrative
RUKIYAT MASUD | CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN
Best Music Documentary
JACO | DIRECTED BY PAUL MARCHAND
CRAVE: THE FAST LIFE | DIRECTED BY JOANQUIN F. PALMA
Best Dramatic Screenplay
SOUTH OF 8 | WRITTEN AND DIRECTED SCREENPLAY BY TONY OLMOS
Best Director – Drama
JONATHAN SHELDON | SWING STATE
Best Cinematography – Documentary or Narrative
CRAVE: THE FAST LIFE | CINEMATOGRAPHY BY SEO MUTAREVIC
Best Cinematography – Music Documentary
BJORK: THE CREATIVE UNIVERSE OF A MUSIC MISSIONARY | DIRECTED BY TITA VON HARDENBERG AND HANNES ROSSACHER
Best First-Time Director
MARGARET BYRNE | RAISING BERTIE
Best Sci-Fi Film
DISPLACEMENT | DIRECTED BY KENNETH MADER
SHORT FILM AWARDS
Best Dramatic Short Film
ODDS AGAINST HONOR | DIRECTED BY JONATHAN BURNETT
Best Comedic Short Film
THE FINAL DELIVERY | DIRECTED BY JESSE JI
BEST DIRECTOR – SHORT FILM
THAYS GUPION | UNFRAMED
BEST FOREIGN FILM AWARDS
Best Feature Narrative Foreign Film
A MILE IN MY SHOES | DIRECTED BY SAID KHALLAF
Best Documentary Foreign Film
PASTPORT CUBA | DIRECTED BY NICOLE DI ROCCO
Jury Prize for Best Trailer Award
LIQUIFY | DIRECTED BY JESSE PITELA
Audience Favorite Trailer Award
NEIL PATRICK AND HARRIS | DIRECTED BY ADAM FYNKE
The 2016 DTLA Film Festival is presented by Toyota Mirai. Major sponsors are Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center, UCLA Extension, City Club Los Angeles, Mrs. Fish, Council District 14 – Jose Huizar | City of Los Angeles, The Park DTLA, Level Furnished Living, ChillHound, Los Angeles Times, BitTorrent Now, Sigue, Metro, Wynning Touch Event Planning, Cloud 19, Fostered Productions, District Restaurant on the Bloc, and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, and Creative Handbook.
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The only major film festival in the Capital of Cool – downtown Los Angeles – DTLA Film Festival was established in 2008 as a showcase for independent cinema in the historic core of the Film Capital of the World. The festival embraces in its programming and mission the unique cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of downtown Los Angeles and its neighboring communities. DTLA Film Fest is produced annually by a nonprofit arts organization that is led by a volunteer group of filmmakers and community activists.