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AFI FEST 2010 announces Audience and Jury Award-winning films

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 11th, 2010

Allison and I have had a heck of a time covering this year's AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi. Having a world class film festival in our own hometown just doesn't get old, and being able to sleep in our own beds at the end of a long day is the icing on the cake. From the opening night gala for LOVE & OTHER DRUGS to the surprise world premiere of THE FIGHTER, it's been a wonderful ten days. Tonight, the festival closes with BLACK SWAN and, though I am sad it's all over, what a great way to end the fest.

That all said, today the festival announced its winners for the Audience and Jury Awards. After the break, check out all the winners. And be sure to check out all of our AFI FEST coverage HERE.

World Cinema

BOY: When his absent father returns home, a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand must confront the man he thought he remembered.  DIR/SCR Taika Waititi.  New Zealand. 

New Auteurs

BEDEVILLED: An island vacation turns deadly for Hae-won when she tries to help her abused childhood friend and her daughter escape.  DIR Cheol-soo Jang.  SCR Choi Gwang-young.  South Korea. 

Young Americans

LITTLEROCK: When her car breaks down on a sightseeing tour of California, a Japanese student discovers a different America than the one in her dreams.  DIR/SCR Mike Ott.  USA.

Breakthrough (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize)

HAMILL: Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, this film tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat.  DIR Oren Kaplan.  SCR Joseph McKelheer, Eben Kostbar.  USA. 

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As in previous years, a jury decides the Short Film Awards.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes each winner as a qualifier for the annual Academy Awards®. 

Live Action Short Film

QUADRANGLE: An unconventional documentary about two “conventional” couples who swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early ‘70s.  DIR Amy Grappell.  USA.

Animated Short Film

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON: Voiced and written by SNL alum Jenny Slate, this short about a shell took the Internet by storm.  DIR Dean Fleischer-Camp.  SCR Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer-Camp.  USA.

PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS (DIR Laurie Hill) and THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (DIR/SCR Trevor Anderson) receive honorable mention from the Short Film Jury and will also screen again today. 

SHORT FILM JURY

Kyle Patrick Alvarez: Kyle Patrick Alvarez is a 27-year-old, Los Angeles-based writer/director.  His acclaimed first feature, EASIER WITH PRACTICE (2009), won several notable awards, including the “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award, the Grand Jury Prize at CineVegas and Best New International Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “an unexpectedly stirring first feature.”  Alvarez is currently developing a feature film based on an essay by famed humorist David Sedaris. 

Katie Aselton: Actor and filmmaker Katie Aselton starred in the films THE PUFFY CHAIR (2005) and INTERVENTION (2005), the latter of which won the Silver Bear and Teddy Awards for Best Short Film at Berlin.  She acted alongside John C. Reilly in the Duplass Brothers’ CYRUS (2010).  Her voice plays an integral role in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s EASIER WITH PRACTICE.  She has appeared in NBC’s THE OFFICE and Spike TV’s PLAYERS and she currently stars in THE LEAGUE on the FX Network.  In 2009 she directed her first movie, THE FREEBIE, in which she stars opposite Dax Shepard.  THE FREEBIE premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 

Greta Gerwig: Noted actress Greta Gerwig most recently starred opposite Ben Stiller in GREENBERG, written and directed by Noah Baumbach.  She subsequently wrapped Ivan Reitman’s NO STRINGS opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and she stars with Russell Brand in the forthcoming remake of ARTHUR, directed by Jason Winer.  Greta co-wrote, co-directed and starred in NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS (2008), and has also starred in BAGHEAD (2008) and HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (2007).  A.O. Scott recently wrote in The New York Times that Gerwig “may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation.”

Todd Luoto: Since 2006, Todd Luoto has been a shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, and has also worked for the CineVegas Film Festival, Kodak, the Silver Lake Film Festival and Dimension Films.  Luoto is also a filmmaker himself.  His latest short, OIL CHANGE (2009), screened at festivals including AFI FEST and Tribeca. 

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