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LAFF Winners: 'Mother, I Love You,' 'Code Black' Win Jury Awards; Audience Awards Go to 'Short Term 12,' 'Wadjda,' 'American Revolutionary'

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by Anne Thompson
June 23, 2013 4:22 PM
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'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton Introduces Cast at LAFF
'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton Introduces Cast at LAFF

As the last day of the Los Angeles Film Festival arrived Sunday with closing night gala  "The Way, Way Back," the festival announced its winners at an awards brunch. 

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the DIRECTV Narrative Award and DIRECTV Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $10,000 cash prize, funded by DIRECTV, for the winning film’s director. The DIRECTV Narrative Award for the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival went to Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You," making its U.S. premiere, and The DIRECTVDocumentary Award for the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival went to Ryan McGarry for world premiere  "Code Black."   

Destin Daniel Cretton’s drama "Short Term 12" (Cinedigm, August 23), Grace Lee’s documentary "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" and Haifaa Al Mansour’s Saudi Arabian drama "Wadjda" (Sony Pictures Classics, September 13) won the audience awards. 

The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Geetanjali Thapa for her performance in Kamal K.M’s "I.D," which made its North American premiere at the Festival. Given to an actor or actors from an official selection in the Narrative Competition, this is the tenth year the award has been given at the Festival.

The full list of awards is below:

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