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  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
"The Biggest Little Farm," "War Paint" Among AFI Fest Award Winners

AFI Fest has unveiled the films that received this year’s Jury and Audience Awards. Included in the mix were director John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm which won the Feature Audience Award, and director Katrelle Kindred’s War Paint which earned Grand Jury Award distinction as Best Live-Action Short. The latter is an AFI Directing Workshop for Women film.

Here’s a rundown of AFI Fest Jury and Audience Award winners:

Audience Award – Feature
In this poignant and charming documentary, filmmaker John Chester chronicles the eight-year effort of an ambitious, life-changing personal venture: moving out of Los Angeles with his wife, Molly, and building a diverse, sustainable farm.

Audience Award – Short
In an effort to improve feminine hygiene, a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed in a rural village in Northern India.

Grand Jury Award – Live-Action Short
WAR PAINT (DIR Katrelle Kindred)
Jury Statement: “We picked this film for its powerful intersectional narrative which focuses on the difficult aspects of one girl’s coming of age.”
In WAR PAINT, a young, South LA black girl experiences a series of events that intersect racism and sexism during the Fourth of July holiday. Katrelle Kindred (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2018) directed WAR PAINT in 2017 as her AFI DWW short. The film world-premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Grand Jury Award – Animated Short
EGG (DIR Martina Scarpelli)
Jury Statement: “We chose this film for its visceral portrayal of the relationship between a woman and her body.”
In this film, a woman is locked in her home with an egg. She eats the egg, then repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.

Honorable Mention for Social Impact Short
MAGIC ALPS (DIR Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi)
In MAGIC ALPS, an Afghani refugee arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them.

Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short

Honorable Mention for Acting – Short
Vedrana Bozinovic, A SIEGE
In A SIEGE, a lonely woman in war-torn Sarajevo embarks on a journey to find water, and neither her neighbors nor sniper fire can stop her.

The Shorts jury was comprised of Alison Becker (actor on PARKS AND RECREATION, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), Chinonye Chukwu (director/writer), Alicia Malone (host on Turner Classic Movies), Michael Mohan (co-creator of the Netflix original series EVERYTHING SUCKS!), Eliza Skinner (comedian and writer on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN) and Sasheer Zamata (comedian, actress, writer and former SNL cast member).

Fest menu
The overall AFI Fest once again brought the best in global cinema to Los Angeles thanks to the support of Audi, now in its 15th consecutive year as presenting sponsor of the festival.

The complete AFI Fest program included 135 titles (84 features, four episodic, 47 shorts), representing 45 countries, including 65 films directed by women, 29 documentaries and nine animated films. This year’s program includes nine official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions, and 24 films featuring 52 AFI Conservatory alumni credits, throughout the sections. The breakdown by section is Galas (8), Special Screenings (13), World Cinema (28), New Auteurs (18), American Independents (11), Midnight (4), Cinema’s Legacy (6) and Shorts (47).

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