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  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIAUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    Audience Awards Given inWorld Cinema, New Auteurs and American Independents SectionsJury Award Winners Eligible for Short Film Oscar® CategoriesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 17, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the films that received the Audience and Jury awards at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi."As the 31st edition of AFI FEST comes to a close, this year's awards shine a light on the American independent, auteur and foreign cinema that resonated with our audiences and jurors," said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Director.  "Audience awards help bring film lovers together, while building momentum for the filmmakers in this year's festival."Audience Award – World CinemaTHE INSULT (DIR Ziad Doueiri)Lebanon's official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, this engrossing and unforgettable tale of modern life in the Middle East is a razor-sharp look at a country's long-simmering resentments toward Palestinian refugees, and its traumatized civil war wounds.Audience Award – New AuteursWHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (DIR Iram Haq)Iram Haq's sophomore feature is a powerful story of a young woman growing up between two cultures, with no control over her life choices, who must carve out her own path despite a significant culture clash.Audience Award – American IndependentsBODIED (DIR Joseph Kahn)Whether it's sci-fi, satire, or race relations, Joseph Kahn's auteur style defies anticipations.

  • MOLLY'S GAME TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWITH GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTE

    AFI FEST Tribute to Director Aaron Sorkin to Precede Screeningon Closing Night, Thursday, November 16 VIZIO Is Gala Sponsor for Closing Night FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 12, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning writer/director Aaron Sorkin will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of STXfilms and The Mark Gordon Company's MOLLY'S GAME on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES DAN GILROY'S ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. AS SPECIAL SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCESDAN GILROY'S ROMAN J.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI TECH SHOWCASE ANNOUNCED

     AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDITECH SHOWCASEANNOUNCEDFeaturing Innovative Animation, Virtual Reality and Cinema TechnologyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, November 7, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the Tech Showcase lineup for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  The Tech Showcase will include a selection of 360-degree, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what's currently possible in this new cinematic medium.  The Showcase will be on display November 11–14 at The Hollywood Roosevelt, in the Academy Room and Johnny Grant Suite.Audi, VIZIO, Dolby and HTC Viveport are sponsors of this year's Tech Showcase.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI PRESENTATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIPRESENTATIONS AND CONVERSATIONSANNOUNCEDChristopher Nolan to Discuss His Acclaimed Film DUNKIRK,Agnès Varda to Discuss New Doc FACES PLACESSofia Coppola, Salma Hayek, Patty Jenkins, Angelina Jolie,Martin McDonagh, Jordan Peele, Andy SerkisAmong Other Artists to Be Celebrated at the FestivalFOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 1, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the Presentations and Conversations lineups for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  Events include a conversation on directing with Christopher Nolan; a conversation with filmmaker Agnès Varda; a roundtable of documentary filmmakers presented by the Los Angeles Times; The Hollywood Reporter's Indie Contenders Roundtable with eight standout artists; an in-depth conversation with director Patty Jenkins; a conversation on storytelling with Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung; and a conversation with Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell about THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, presented by Variety.The complete AFI FEST program includes 137 films (93 features, 44 shorts), representing 53 countries, including 40 films directed/co-directed by women, 19 documentaries and 14 animated short films.  The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (6), Special Screenings (7), American Independents (11), New Auteurs (11), World Cinema (30), Midnight (3), Cinema's Legacy (9), Retrospective (12), Youth and Family (2) and Short Films (44).  This year's program includes 14 official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions, and 25 films featuring 76 AFI alumni.PRESENTATIONSCINEMATIC STORYTELLING: A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER NOLANDirector/writer/producer Christopher Nolan discusses his latest film, DUNKIRK, centering on the British maneuvers from the land, sea and air as the military and civilians attempt to save 400,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, during World War II.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI WORLD CINEMA, MIDNIGHT AND YOUTH AND FAMILY LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWORLD CINEMA, MIDNIGHT AND YOUTH AND FAMILYLINEUPS ANNOUNCED13 Foreign Oscar® Submissions Featured in World Cinema LineupFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 25, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the World Cinema, Midnight and Youth and Family sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.The World Cinema section showcases the most celebrated international films of the year and features 30 films from 39 countries.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI SPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

    AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDISPECIAL SCREENINGS, CINEMA'S LEGACY AND SHORTSLINEUPS ANNOUNCEDLOS ANGELES, CA, October 23, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the Special Screenings, Cinema's Legacy and Shorts sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. This year's Special Screenings section offers an array of engaging stories and intimate portraits of riveting individuals: FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (DIR Paul McGuigan); I, TONYA (DIR Craig Gillespie); JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND – FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON (DIR Chris Smith); THE LEISURE SEEKER (DIR Paolo Virzì); MOLLY'S GAME (DIR Aaron Sorkin); SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME (DIR Sam Pollard); and THE SHAPE OF WATER (DIR Guillermo del Toro).Cinema's Legacy is AFI FEST's celebration of motion picture history, and a special opportunity to screen recent restorations of classic films.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI CENTERPIECES GALAS AND TRIBUTE ANNOUNCED

       AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDICENTERPIECES GALAS AND TRIBUTEANNOUNCEDCALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE DISASTER ARTIST and HOSTILESto Be Celebrated as Centerpiece GalasLegendary Filmmaker Errol Morris to Be HonoredWith Tribute and Screening of WORMWOODPatron Packages on Sale Now Ensure Reserved Seating at Galas and TributeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 20, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the three Centerpiece Galas and Tribute that will take place at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi.  The Centerpiece Galas are: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (DIR Luca Guadagnino) on Friday, November 10; THE DISASTER ARTIST (DIR James Franco) on Sunday, November 12; and HOSTILES (DIR Scott Cooper) on Tuesday, November 14.

  • ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI WITH WORLD PREMIERE GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTE

    ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLDTO CLOSE AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDIWITH WORLD PREMIERE GALA SCREENING AND TRIBUTEAFI FEST Tribute to Director Ridley Scott to Precede Screeningon Closing Night, Thursday, November 16VIZIO Is Gala Sponsor for Closing NightPatron Packages to Ensure Closing Night Seating Available Now at AFI.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 19, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Academy Award®-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and World Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of TriStar Pictures' ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.  The Tribute will celebrate Scott's legendary filmmaking career with a moderated discussion of his work followed by the World Premiere screening.  Directed by Scott, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD stars Academy Award® nominees Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, and Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey.

  • NEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

      AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDINEW AUTEURS AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENTSLINEUPS ANNOUNCEDPatron Packages and Express Passes On Sale NowFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, October 16, 2017 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is the festival's platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films.  This year, the section is comprised of 11 films, nine of which come from female directors.The American Independents section represents the best of independent filmmaking this year.  Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh new voices and filmmakers returning to AFI FEST."The New Auteurs and American Independents programming speaks to a singular mandate of AFI FEST: ensuring that emerging filmmakers from around the globe have a world-class venue to present their stories to an eager audience," said Lane Kneedler, AFI FEST Director of Programming.

  • MUDBOUND TO OPEN AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

    MUDBOUND TO OPEN AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES NEW EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FESTIVAL

    ROBERT ALTMAN RETROSPECTIVEIN-CLASS STORYTELLING BOOTCAMP WITH LAUSD ADDED AUDI RETURNS FOR 14TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR ASEXCLUSIVE PRESENTING SPONSORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 13, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) has announced an inaugural, annual retrospective to spotlight one filmmaker of global significance, in addition to new educational experiences as part of AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi, running November 9–16, 2017, in Hollywood, CA.

  • AFI FEST 2017 PRESENTED BY AUDI ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES 

    31st Edition of AFI FEST to Be Held November 9–16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LOS ANGELES, CA, March 2, 2017 — AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AND JURY AWARD-WINNING FILMS

Encore Screenings of Selected Award-Winning Films at the Chinese 6 Theatres Today

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 14 – AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi today announced the features and short films receiving this year's Audience and Jury Awards at a brunch sponsored by KIND. THE ROCKET, an Australian film; THE SELFISH GIANT, made in the UK; WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE, an American independent film directed by Zeke Hawkins (AFI Class of 2009) and Simon Hawkins; and B FOR BOY, a Nigerian film, received Audience Awards. Grand Jury Awards were presented to BUTTER LAMP, in the Live Action Short category, and THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVED, in the Animated Short category. Special Jury Award winners were BALCONY and SYNDROMEDA.

Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI FEST 2013 pass holders and the general public via the Rush Line, which begins forming one hour before each film's scheduled screening start time. For screening times visit AFI.com/AFIFEST.

"Panavision is proud to be a sponsor of the AFI Fest and to present a $60,000 rental grant to the winner of the American Independence Section, Audience Award for WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE," said Marketing Executive Mike Carter of Panavision Hollyood. "Panavision has always been dedicated in helping filmmakers get their story onto the screen and we hope that this grant helps the winner do just that."

Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga saluted the winning filmmakers. "This year, some extraordinary new artists have burst onto the scene, and we hope that these awards from the audience and the jury will enable their films to reach a wider audience. We hope that the enthusiasm and excitement that our audiences have had for all of the films that we've shown this past week – foreign, American, Independent, experimental, short and documentary – continues and spreads," said Lyanga,.

"At the end of an incredible eight days of hosting so many wonderful filmmakers from around the world, the Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to acknowledge the films that struck a chord with both our audiences and our jury," added Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming, AFI FEST. "We also congratulate all of our filmmakers for sharing their stories."

GRAND JURY AWARDS, LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST Grand Jury Award winners in the Live Action and Animated Shorts categories as qualifiers for the annual Academy Awards® Short Film category. The Shorts jury featured Alejandro De Leon

(producer), Kitao Sakurai (filmmaker), Jordan Vogt-Roberts (filmmaker) and Heidi Zwicker (shorts programmer).

JURY COMMENT: "Short films have limitless potential to be evocative and effecting regardless of technical merits or length. The best short films can only exist as short films, and are incredibly difficult to execute in a way that simultaneously feels satisfying and unique. AFI Fest has done a truly remarkable job curating a line up of films that represent inspiring and unique voices that play to the specific strengths of the medium. The shorts that we chose spoke deeply to us and represent what we feel to be the best of short filmmaking."

Live Action Short Film: BUTTER LAMP. JURY COMMENT: "The Grand Jury prize for Live Auction caught us by surprise with its spellbinding and poetic simplicity. Traversing hundreds of miles of geography and spanning generations of time without leaving one central location, this film functions as a profound mediation on the practice and effects of image making."

Animated Short: THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVED. JURY COMMENT: "This was an exceptionally difficult choice to make. While many of the animations showcase incredible depth and artistry, one film shined – through its idiosyncratic use of multiple mediums and humor to provide insight into the filmmaker's heart."

NEW AUTEURS CRITIC'S AWARD

The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world. This year's New Auteurs jury featured Peter Debruge (Variety), Karina Longworth (author and critic) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly). The Shorts jury features Alejandro De Leon (producer), Kitao Sakurai (filmmaker), Jordan Vogt-Roberts (filmmaker) and Heidi Zwicker (shorts programmer).

NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN. JURY COMMENT: "The true story of a homeless Christian teenager adopted by an abusive family who tests his ability to turn the other cheek. Many, many bad things happen. But the blessing is discovering first-time filmmaker Katrin Gebbe and her incredible ensemble who have braved their own tests – boos and walkouts, nothing too bloody – in order to bring us this powerful movie and faith and sacrifice."

AUDIENCE AWARDS

World Cinema: THE ROCKET. DIR Kim Mordaunt. Australia.

New Auteurs: THE SELFISH GIANT. DIR Clio Barnard. UK.

American Independents: (award accompanied by a $60,000 grant from Panavision) WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE. DIR Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. USA.

Breakthrough (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize): B FOR BOY. DIR Chika Anadu. Nigeria.

(The complete list of award-winners, including special awards, is attached at the end of this press release.)

The complete AFI FEST 2013 program included 120 films (84 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. The Opening Night Gala was the North American Premiere of John Lee Hancock's SAVING MR. BANKS. The Closing Night Gala is Ethan Coen and Joel Coen's INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, which screens tonight at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

The many highlights of the festival included the lively conversation with this year's Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda at the screening of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7); last year's Guest Artistic Director Bernardo Bertolucci posing on the red carpet with many of the festival filmmakers as he arrived for the Gala screening of THE LAST EMPEROR (3D) at the TCL Chinese Theatre; a Q&A with Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg, and retired Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell following the World Premiere Gala Screening of LONE SURVIVOR; Quentin Tarantino's animated introduction at the Tribute to Bruce Dern prior to the Gala Screening of NEBRASKA; handprint-footprint ceremonies at the historic TCL Theatre on both Opening Night and Closing Night for Emma Thompson of SAVING MR. BANKS and John Goodman of INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (respectively); a musical performance by Jose Gonzalez after the Gala screening of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY; the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood Panel featuring Dane DeHaan (THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES), Greta Gerwig (FRANCES HA), Michael B. Jordan (FRUITVALE STATION), Brie Larson (SHORT TERM 12) and Miles Teller (THE SPECTACULAR NOW); a sneak of Annette Bening's new film THE FACE OF LOVE from director Arie Posin and producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn; the Steve McQueen conversation; a Tribute to David O. Russell where he showcased the first six minutes of AMERICAN HUSTLE and a conversation with Spike Jonze following a standing room only screening of HER.

Several international filmmakers were in attendance, including Amat Escalante, the director of HELI, Mexico's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Hany Abu-Assad, the director of OMAR, Palestine's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Cambodian director Rithy Panh with his Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard-winning THE MISSING PICTURE; Sebastian Lelio, director of Chile's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, GLORIA, along with Paulina Garcia who stars in the film; Kim Mordaunt, the director of THE ROCKET, Australia's Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Samuel Kishi Leopo, the director of WE ARE MARI PEPA; Călin Peter Netzer, the director of CHILD'S POSE Romania's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Emir Baigazin, the director of HARMONY LESSONS; Agustín Toscano and Ezequiel Radusky the directors of THE OWNERS; Ralph Fiennes the director and star of THE INVISIBLE WOMAN; Justin Chadwick, director of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM with cast members Idris Elba, Naomie Harris; Biyi Bandele the director of HALF OF A YELLOW SUN with star Anika Noni Rose; Ashgar Farhadi the director of THE PAST; Steve Coogin of PHILOMENA and actresses Hadewych Minis from BORGMAN and Camille Rutherford from MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.

For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST offered free tickets to all screenings. Tickets for today's screenings are available in-person at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at: http://afifestpress.afi.com

For the 10th year, Audi returns as the festival's presenting sponsor. In addition to Audi, additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; AT&T; Coca Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood & Highland Center; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Morgan Stanley; Motorola; National Geographic Channel; New Amsterdam Vodka; Stella Artois and TCL Chinese Theatres, among many others.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.
AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for the quality of its instructors and speakers and its notable alumni. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

About AFI FEST presented by Audi
A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today's Hollywood – a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®. This year's edition takes place November 7-14, 2013. Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFIFEST.

About Audi
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit audiusa.com or audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

About KIND
KIND is a brand of delicious, all-natural foods made from ingredients you can see & pronounce® that is aimed at making the world a little kinder. With its lines of whole nut bars, KIND Fruit & Nut® KIND PLUS™ and KIND Nuts & Spices™ as well as its KIND Healthy Grains™ line of whole grain clusters and bars, KIND has become one of the fastest growing natural brands around and has inspired hundreds of thousands of acts of kindness to date. To learn more about how you can do the kind thing for your body, your taste buds, & your world®, visit www.KINDsnacks.com.

CONTACTS:
Shari Mesulam, AFI FEST, 323.856.7896 or festpublicity@AFI.com

ATTACHMENT – COMPLETE LIST OF AWARD WINNERS


NEW AUTEURS CRITIC'S AWARD

The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world. This year's New Auteurs jury features Peter Debruge (Variety), Karina Longworth (author and critic), Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) and Betsy Sharkey (Los Angeles Times).

NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN. JURY COMMENT: "The true story of a homeless Christian teenager adopted by an abusive family who tests his ability to turn the other cheek. Many, many bad things happen. But the blessing is discovering first-time filmmaker Katrin Gebbe and her incredible ensemble who have braved their own tests – boos and walkouts, nothing too bloody – in order to bring us this powerful movie and faith and sacrifice."

New Auteur Special Award for Personal Storytelling: IN BLOOM. JURY COMMENT: "We would like to give a Special Award for Personal Storytelling to In Bloom. This film, in its intimate exploration of the lives of two teenage girls in the former Soviet state of Georgia just after the fall of the USSR, is an exemplar of personal history as political history, or fiction filmmaking infused with and bolstered by the truth."

New Auteur Special Award for Direction: THE SELFISH GIANT. JURY COMMENT: "We have also selected a Special Award for Direction to Clio Barnard, whose film THE SELFISH GIANT underscores the promise of the New Auteurs category. Drawing stunning performances from her two young leads, Barnard brings the specificity of a Bradford housing estate to a devastating and universally relatable fable."

GRAND JURY AWARDS, LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST Grand Jury Award winners in the Live Action and Animated Shorts categories as qualifiers for the annual Academy Awards® Short Film category. The Shorts jury featured Alejandro De Leon (producer), Kitao Sakurai (filmmaker), Jordan Vogt-Roberts (filmmaker) and Heidi Zwicker (shorts programmer).

JURY COMMENT: "Short films have limitless potential to be evocative and effecting regardless of technical merits or length. The best short films can only exist as short films, and are incredibly difficult to execute in a way that simultaneously feels satisfying and unique. AFI Fest has done a truly remarkable job curating a line up of films that represent inspiring and unique voices that play to the specific strengths of the medium. The shorts that we chose spoke deeply to us and represent what we feel to be the best of short filmmaking."

Live Action Short Film: BUTTER LAMP. DIR Hu Wei. France, Tibet. JURY COMMENT: "The Grand Jury prize for Live Auction caught us by surprise with its spellbinding and poetic simplicity. Traversing hundreds of miles of geography and spanning generations of time without leaving one central location, this film functions as a profound mediation on the practice and effects of image making."

Animated Short: THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVED. DIR Bernardo Britto. USA. JURY COMMENT: "This was an exceptionally difficult choice to make. While many of the animations showcase incredible depth and artistry, one film shined – through its idiosyncratic use of multiple mediums and humor to provide insight into the filmmaker's heart."

In addition to the grand jury prize winners there are three shorts that the jury felt were worthy of special recognition.

Special Jury Award: BALCONY. DIR Lendita Zeqiraj. Kosovo. JURY COMMENT: "The Special Jury Prize goes to a film that makes remarkable use of the technical aspects of filmmaking for the explicit purpose of servicing story and character. It truly created a narrative that can only be told in cinema and is the perfect example of a short that takes an audience into a fully functional world illuminated by colorful characters and social hierarchy. It's a stunning achievement in storytelling that stands toe to toe with the best single-take shots in movie history. "

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Direction: SYNDROMEDA. DIR Patrik Eklund. Sweden. JURY COMMENT: "The Special Jury Prize for an Outstanding Achievement in Directing is awarded to a short that uses a decisive and controlled approach to storytelling. An assured hand guides the audience through a richly textured world where every decision exemplifies the best of short filmmaking. We want to recognize SYNDROMEDA for its memorable and uncompromising direction."

Special Jury Mention for Best Datamosh: DATAMOSH. DIR Yung Jake. USA.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Audience Awards, World Cinema:
THE ROCKET. DIR Kim Mordaunt. Australia.

Audience Award, New Auteurs: THE SELFISH GIANT. DIR Clio Barnard. UK.

Audience Award, American Independents: WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE. DIR Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. USA.

Audience Award, Breakthrough: B FOR BOY. DIR Chika Anadu. Nigeria.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

World Cinema: THE ROCKET. DIR Kim Mordaunt. Australia.

New Auteurs: THE SELFISH GIANT. DIR Clio Barnard. UK.

American Independents: (award accompanied by a $60,000 grant from Panavision) WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE. DIR Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. USA.

Breakthrough (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize): B FOR BOY. DIR Chika Anadu. Nigeria.