Friday, 13 November 2015


The AFI Fest is better known as the final festival hotspot for Oscar contenders, whether successful (American Sniper and Selma last year) or less so (By the Sea and Concussion both underwhelming this year), than it is for screening a variety of the year's finest fest fare. But awards are indeed handed out, both by selected juries and by attending audience members, and this year's expansive slate of winners encompasses some of 2015's most acclaimed titles. Check out all those winners below:

New Auteurs Awards

Grand Jury Award
Land and Shade (Cesar Augusto Acevedo)

Special Jury Mention for Direction
Alice Winocour (Disorder)

Special Jury Mention for Screenplay
Lorenzo Vigas (From Afar)

Short Film Awards

Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short
Boys (Isabella Carbonell)

Live Action Short Special Mention for Innovative Storytelling
Rate Me (Fyzal Boulifa)

Live Action Short Special Mention for Nonfiction Filmmaking
The Reagan Shorts - Ronald Reagan Lights the Lights, Ronald Reagan Pardons a Turkey, Maryland Public Television Interviews the Reagans (Pacho Velez)

Grand Jury Award for Animated Short
World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt)

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting
Teeth (Tom Brown and Daniel Gray)

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Creative Vision
Manoman (Simon Cartwright)

Audience Awards

World Cinema Audience Award
Landfill Harmonic (Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley and Juliana Penaranda-Loftus)

New Auteurs Audience Award
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven)

American Independents Audience Award
James White (Josh Mond)

Breakthrough Audience Award
Ma (Celia Rowlson-Hall)