AFI Fest reveals 2021 Audience and Jury Prize winners – Deadline

AFI Fest announced this year’s award-winning films on Monday, featuring Clint Bentley’s Jockey by Sony Pictures Classics and directed by Tommy Oliver Juice world by winning respectively the narrative and documentary audience prizes.

Winners of the Grand Jury Award for Live Action and Animated Short will be eligible for the Oscars for Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short.

“Bringing together filmmakers and moviegoers to celebrate the moving image is at the heart of AFI Fest,” said Sarah Harris, AFI Festivals Director of Programming. “The excitement of all the festival-goers to be together again in the halls was electric. This year’s festival really showed everyone the power of this art form to lift our spirits when we need it most.

The AFI Fest jury consisted of curator and writer Kiva Reardon; Amanda Salazar, Head of Programming and Acquisitions at Argo; and writer-director Angel Kristi Williams.

The full AFI Fest program included 118 titles – 51 feature films, one episodic, 49 shorts, including 19 Meet the Press shorts at AFI Fest and 17 AFI Conservatory Showcase shorts – of which 51% were directed by of women, 39% were led by BIPOC and 13% were led by LGBTQ +. This year’s program represented 53 countries and included seven world premieres.

Here is the full list of winners:

Audience Award – Narrative Article

Jockey (DIR. Clint Bentley)

Audience Award – Feature documentary

JUS WRLD (DIR. Tommy Oliver)

Audience Award – Short Film

Only the moon stops (明月 依旧) (DIR. Johnson Cheng)

Grand Jury Prize – Animation

Love, Daddy (Mily TatiI) (DIR. Diana Cam Van Nguyen)

Jury statement: “For its blend of form and content which makes it a deeply vulnerable and personal viewing experience, the jury would like to recognize LOVE, DAD as the best animated short.”

Grand Jury Prize – Live Action

Al-Sit (DIR. Suzannah Mirghani)

Jury statement: “For going beyond its central story to create a densely layered and truly cinematic experience, the jury wishes to honor AL-SIT for Best Short Narrative.”

Special mention

BabyBangz (DIR. Juliana Kasumu)

Jury statement: “The jury would like to award BABYBANGZ an honorable mention for best documentary storytelling for its combination of stunning imagery, important conversations and exciting topics. “

Special mention

Play it safe (DIR Mitch Kalisa)

Jury statement: “For the bold formal choices made throughout the film, especially in the final scene, the jury would like to award Honorable Mention for Directing to Mitch Kalisa, the director of PLAY IT SAFE.”

Special mention

his dance (Rikud Hassidi) (DIR Bar Cohen)

Jury statement: “For an imposing performance that anchors the film, the jury would like to give an honorable mention for acting to Leeoz Levy for HER DANCE.”

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