LAFF Recap: Los Angeles Film Festival Hands Out Film Awards

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The Los Angeles Film Festival just finished another successful year with some great entries and awesome film making showcased throughout the festival.

The festival has announced the jury and audience winners at the Awards Brunch on Sunday, with awards presented by Allison Janney and John C. Reilly.  The film festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday June 26, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles.

The two top jury winners in the Narrative and Documentary category each won a $15,000 cash prize for the films director.  This year, the Narrative Award went to Stephane Lafleur for the North American premiere of Familiar Ground about isolated family living in Canada. 

The Documentary Award went to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi for their film Wish Me Away, following the journey and coming-out of country singer Chely Wright.  

The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street, and Gabriel Diamond for their performances in Amanda Sealey's How to Cheat.  The award is given to actors from an official selection in the narrative competition.

The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Joe Cornish's Attack the Block and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, directed by Michael Rapaport.

The film festival is in its seventeenth year and is dedicated to showcasing the best in new American and international cinema.   The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival screened more than 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries.

"We’re enormously proud to host such an exceptional and diverse group of films and filmmakers at this year’s Festival, and to have introduced audiences to their wonderful work,” said Los Angeles Film Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.

Check out our interview with Kent Osborne and Amanda Street of How to Cheat to see reaction on their winning the best performances award and a bit more about their film, which they describe as "a bit like a reality show."

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