2022 Dtla Film Festival Announces Award Winners

‘The Rest of Us’ Named Best Picture, ‘The Great American Low Rider Tradition’ Takes Audience Favorite, and Sophie Galibert Gets The Nod for Best Director for “Cherry”

Los Angeles, CA Sept 18, 2022) – The 13th annual DTLA Film Festival, Sept. 14-18 at Regal L.A. LIVE, announced this evening its Filmmakers Awards. Florencia Krochik’s “The Rest of Us,” a feature documentary about DACA kids shot over a decade, won Best Picture. Other winners included director Martin Torrez’ “The Great American Low Rider Tradition,” a feature documentary about the Lowrider culture of East Los Angeles, which took the Audience Favorite Award, and Sophie Galibert, named Best Director for “Cherry,” a narrative dramedy that tackles the hot-button topic of abortion.

Also taking honors were Jessica Rae for Best Screenplay (“Raise Your Hand”), “5-25-77” for Best Editing and “The Art of Rebellion” for Best Documentary Feature. The scifi thriller “Catalyst,” , making its world premiere, was awarded prizes for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Special Effects. The Best Anthology Film award went to “Covid Sins & Virtues.”

This year the festival changed to nongender-specific acting categories. Best Actors awards for lead performances in a feature film were given to Ericka Clevenger (“Red Raincoats”), Jesse Gavin (“Northern Shade”), Austin Nichols, (“Match”), Ahna O’Reilly (“Match”), Nina Tarr (“Red Raincoats”), Alexandria Treuwhitt (“Cherry”) and Dee Wallace (“Nix”).

Among the winners In the shorts series, which included films, TV pilots and webseries, were director Akiko Izumitani’ “Yae: Blind Samurai Woman,” Best Short Film; director Richard Andrews Janes’ “Faculty Lounging” for Best TV Pilot, and director Carolyn Ratteray’s “(Un)claimed” for Best Web Series.

Also announced were the winners of the festival’s annual screenplay contest, including the Best Feature Screenplay award for “The Passage of the Sun” by Aaron Broxton.

The entire list of winners in all categories follows.

This year’s festival was the first after the five-day event took a two- year hiatus because of the pandemic. Established in 2008, DTLA Film Festival is dedicated to diversity in cinema. Of the 100-plus films screening at this year’s festival, more than 40 percent were by women directors and the majority by directors of color.


Best Picture
“The Rest of Us,” director: Florencia Krochik

Audience Favorite Award
“The Great American Low Rider Tradition,” director: by Martin Torrez

Best Cinematographer
Juan Esco and Matthew Plaxco, Catalyst

Best Director, Narrative Feature
Sophie Galibert, “Cherry”

Best Actors
Ericka Clevenger, “Red Raincoats”
Jesse Gavin, “Northern Shade”
Ahna O’Reilly, “Match
Austin Nichols, “Match “
Nina Tarr, “Red Raincoat”
Alexandria Treuwhitt, “Cherry”
Dee Wallace, Nix

Best Supporting Actors
Sandy Duarte, “Cherry”
Brooke Maroon, “Turbo Cola”
Nyambi Nyambi, “In Her Name”
Dan Schultz, “Cherry”

Best Screenplay
Raise Your Hand, Jessica Rae

Best Ensemble Cast
“Catalyst”: David Bianchi, Joni Bovil, Darin Cooper, Steve Eastin, Noel Gugliemi, Patrick Kilpatrick, Umar Khan, Melanie Liburd, Jermaine Love, Enrico Natale, Michael Roark.

Best Editing
“5-27-77,” Alain K. Blair, Alex Creager and Kat Thomas

Breakthrough Performance
Miguel Ángel Garcia, “Carlos Through The Tall Grass”

Best New Director
Aaron Dougherty, “The Best Day Of Your Life”

Best Documentary
”The Art of Rebellion,” directed by Libby Spears

Best Film Score
“OKAY!” (The ASD band Film), composed by Tim Mann

Best Music Documentary
“Nothing But The Blood,” directed by Carmen Lundy

Best Anthology Film
“Covid Sins & Virtues,” directed by Yeniffer M. Behrens, Mauricio Mendoza, Oscar Torre, Hugo Garcia, Caroline Brethenoux, Hernan de Becky, Cesar Gamino, Juan Gil, Marabina James, Miguel Paredes, Shanay Patalano, Jesus Schettino, Alex Toedtli Mera

Best Special Effects


Best Film
“Yae: Blind Samurai Woman,” director: Akiko Izumitani

Best Director
Alexander Thompson, “Black Dragon”

Best Director, Documentary
Erika Valenciana, La Mitad del Mundo/The Middle of the World)

Best Actors
Katherine Castro, “Weak”
Cindy De La Cruz, “Ro & The Stardust”
Arami Malaisé, “Viva”
Brandon Thomas, “Reggie and June”

Best New Director
Jason Yamamoto, “When You Leave”

Best Duo Performance
Princess Adenike and Mister Fitzgerald, “30 Weeks”

Best Ensemble Cast
“We All Die Alone”: Brian Patrick Butler, Frank DiPalermo, Joshua Alan Jones, Patrick Mayuyu, Durwood Murray, Carla Nell, Suzan Norberg, Alexndra Slade

Breakthrough Performance
Bella Zoe Martinez, “Glory & Injustice”

Best Experimental Short
“La Cuarentena,” director: Johaira Michelle Dilauro

Best Animated Short
“How to Lose Weight and Look Great,” director: Nolan Wang

Best Comedy Short:
“Dog Lover,” director: Anne-Sophie Bine

Best Student Short
Havana, director: Faith Strongheart

Best Drama Short
“Le Ballon Bleu” (“The Blue Balloon”), director: Katherine Griffin

Best Horror/Thriller/Fantasy Short
“Wolves,” director: Jesús Celaya

Best Documentary Short
“Powers,” director: Paige Morrow Kimball

Best Foreign Language Short Film
“Toro De Oro” (“The Golden Bull”), director: Pedro Pérez Nuñez

Best “Short Short”
“The Vortex,”director: Karolyne Sosa

Best First-Time Actors
Yolanda Nolasco, “Ro & The Stardust”
Justin DeLaCruz, “Invade”

Best Sci Fi Short
“Ro & The Stardust,” director: Eunice Levis


Best TV Pilot
“Faculty Lounging,” director Richard Andrew Janes

Best Actor
Natalie Birriel, “Flow!”

Best Director
Elaine Del Valle, Brownsville Bred

Best Screenwriter
Kate Duffy,Faculty Lounging”

Best Ensemble Cast
“How to Hack Birth Control”: Holden Aisha Renee, Powell Austin, Royce Danny, Jacobson Jackie, Harris Lauren Elizabeth, Rach Megan


Best Web Series
“(Un)claimed,” director: Carolyn Ratteray

Best Actor
Devon O’Kane, “Handsome”

Best Director
Devon O’Kane, Handsome”

Best Screenplay
Carolyn Ratteray, “(Un)claimed”

Best Ensemble Cast
“Retrograde”: Parsons Anna, Neff Devin, Gillian Jasmine, Korotko Lidiya, Rose Heywood Millie, Spring Voss Pearl


Best Feature Screenplay — “The Passage of the Sun “by Aaron Braxton”

Best TV Pilot Script — “Duplicitous” by Shanra J Kehl

Best Short Film Script — “CA Hwy 33” by Chris Calzia

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About DTLA Film Festival

Established in 2008, the festival has screened more 1,000 films, held more 200 events and partnered with more than 75 other profit and nonprofit business in DTLA. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its neighborhoods, its burgeoning independent film community, its singular blend of late 19th and 20th century architecture, and the seminal role it played in the early days of American cinema (epitomized by the world’s largest group of vintage movie palaces located in the Broadway Theater District). Set against this dramatic backdrop, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California and beyond