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LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2011 at 7:50AM

The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).
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The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).

The documentary jury boasts director Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol; pictured), Michael Lumpkin (exec director of the International Documentary Association) and Slate Magazine co-editor Laurie Ochoa. The shorts jury is comprised of casting director Margery Simkin, fllm critic Alonso Duralde and actress Lisa Gay Hamilton. "What unites them," says fest artistic director David Ansen, "is their singular passion for movies.”

The jurors will hand out cash rewards, as listed below. The competition and audience awards will be announced ad the awards brunch on June 26, hosted by actors Alisson Janney and John C. Reilly.

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.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Los Angeles Film Festival, Independents, Documentaries, Shorts


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.