The L.A. Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Cyrus Nowrasteh‘s The Stoning of Soraya M. — a valuable selling point. (I respected and admired it but couldn’t get past the horrific subject matter.) The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Jeffrey Levy-Hinte‘s Soul Power. And Eva Norvind‘s Born Without won the Audience Award for Best International Feature.
The Target Filmmaker Narrative Award — the confusing moniker for the jury award — went to Sam Fleischner and Ben Chace‘s Wah Do Dem (What They Do), which I didn’t see and which no one told me to see and which no one told me anything about during my six days at the festival. The Target Documentary Award was given to Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman‘s Those Who Remain (Los Que se Quedan).