Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced its jurors for the 2012 Festival, which runs Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.
The narrative jury consists of Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated actress Rachael Harris (Natural Selection, Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies), Spirit Award-nominated actor, writer, producer and director Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats) and film critic Sheri Linden (LAFCA, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times).
The documentary jury is comprised of Spirit Award-winning producers Heather Rae (Frozen River, The Dry Land) and Karin Chien (Circumstance, The Exploding Girl), and director Mark Landsman (Thunder Soul), who won the 2010 LA Film Fest Audience Award and was nominated for a 2011 Spirit Award.
Film critic and author Ernest Hardy (Blood Beats Vols. 1 and 2), Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer Nancy Schreiber (Your Friends And Neighbors, The Celluloid Closet) and writer/director/editor Javier Fuentes León (Contracorriente), who won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival round out the shorts jury.
“I couldn’t be happier with our juries this year. We’ve assembled a sterling team that represents all aspects of the film business: producers, directors, cinematographers, actors, critics and, like the movies in the Festival, reflects the diversity of Los Angeles,” said Festival Artistic Director David Ansen.
Unrestricted cash awards are given out in the following categories: Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature ($15,000), Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature ($15,000), Best Animated or Experimental Short ($5,000), Best Documentary Short ($5,000) and Best Narrative Short ($5,000). The jury also hands out an award for Best Outstanding Performance in a Narrative Feature. The Audience Awards, which are chosen based on ballots submitted by Festival audiences, are presented in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, International Feature, Short Film and Music Video.
The competition and audience award winners, presented by special guest hosts, will be announced at the Awards Brunch held at CHAYA Downtown on Sunday, June 24.
Returning to downtown Los Angeles and headquartered at L.A. LIVE for a third year, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24. Now in its eighteenth year, the Festival is widely recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema, and is produced by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards.
Passes and tickets are currently on sale to Film Independent members and the general public. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com.
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