AFI FEST presented by Audi was a resounding success this year, and it couldn’t have happened without our patrons and sponsors, an army of volunteers, top of the line venues, visiting filmmakers and, of course, enthusiastic festival goers. We extend our deepest thanks to all of you and look forward to seeing you at AFI FEST 2012!


Our Audience Awards were announced at a special ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Thursday.

World Cinema: (Tie) JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (David Gelb) and KINYARWANDA (Alrick Brown)

New Auteurs: BULLHEAD (Michaël R. Roskam)

Young Americans: WUSS (Clay Liford)

Breakthrough: (Award accompanied by a $ 5,000 cash prize) WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT (Alexandra-Therese Keining)


Our New Auteurs Critic’s Jury (Justin Chang, Mike Goodridge, Mark Olsen and Jean Oppenheimer) awarded prizes to:

Grand Jury Prize: THE LONELIEST PLANET (Julia Loktev)

Special Jury Prize: ATTENBERG (Athina Rachel Tsangari)

Acting Award Prize: BULLHEAD’s Matthias Schoenaerts

In addition, our Shorts Jury (Barry Jenkins, Gerardo Naranjo and Kim Yutani) announced its winners, which qualify the films for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Academy Awards.

Grand Jury Prize – Live Action Short: FROZEN STORIES (Grzegorz Jaroszuk); Honorable Mention: BABYLAND (Marc Fratello)

Grand Jury Prize – Animated Short: THE EAGLEMAN STAG (Michael Please); Honorable Mention: THE VOYAGERS (Penny Lane)


The Actors’ Network, APA First Weekend Film Club, Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), Australians in Film, California Lawyers for the Arts, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), Consulate General of Austria in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Belgium, Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Chile in Los Angeles, Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, Film & TV Office, Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Israel Los Angeles, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Turkey, Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles, Dance Camera West, DIVA Diverse and Inclusionary Artists, EGEDA, Embassy of Sweden, Film at REDCAT, Gelson’s Cultural and Promotional Affairs, German Consulate General in Los Angeles, GLAAD, Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Hola Mexico Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA),, The Japan Foundation, Japanese External Trade Organization, Los Angeles (JETRO), Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Korean Film Council (KOFIC), LACMA Muse, Latino Leaders, Latino Weekly Review, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Filmforum, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, NAACP, NewFilmmakers LA, Noor Film Festival, Outfest, Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), Polish Film Festival Los Angeles, Quebec Govt Office, Royal Danish Embassy, Royal Norwegian Consulate, Russian-American Business and Arts Council, SAG Affirmative Action and Diversity, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, South African Consulate General, South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA Extension Entertainment and Performing Arts, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Latin American Institute, uniFrance, University of Guadalajara Foundation, Visual Communications (VC) and Women in Film


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