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LAFF Winners Are A Family, Make Believe

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2010 at 8:14AM

Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family won the Los Angeles Film Festival narrative award, while J. Clay Tweel’s Make Believe collected the documentary award at the awards brunch Saturday.
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Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family won the Los Angeles Film Festival narrative award, while J. Clay Tweel’s Make Believe collected the documentary award at the awards brunch Saturday.

Full Los Angeles Film Festival winners at indieWIRE.

The LAFF, which moved its central hub to L.A. LIVE, began Thursday, June 17 and will end on Sunday, June 27. The two top jury awards of the LAFF, the narrative award and documentary award, each come with a $50,000 cash prize, funded by Film Independent, for the film’s director. 
 
The award for best ensemble performance in the narrative competition went to Sabrina Lloyd, James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Harry Chase, Nate Smith and Kamel Boutros for Adam Reid’s Hello Lonesome. 
           
The award for best narrative short film went to Pablo Larcuen’s My Invisible Friend.  The award for best documentary short film went to Tomasz Wolski’s The Lucky One. Beomsik Shimbe Shim’s Wonder Hospital won best animated short film.
         
The narrative feature competition jury was comprised of director Charles Burnett, screenwriter/producer Larry Karaszewski, and LA Weekly film critic Ella Taylor.  The documentary feature competition jury was comprised of director/actress Karen Moncrief, director Arthur Dong, and film critic and journalist Robert Abele.  The shorts competition jury was comprised of writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh, actor Andrew Garfield, and director Tommy O’Haver.

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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.