Man From Reno, a Kickstarter-backed movie about a Japanese crime novelist investigating a murder mystery in San Francisco, won the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “Its exploration of barriers of age, language and success set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters,” the jury stated, awarding director Dave Boyle the $5,000 prize. The film stars Ayako Fujitani as the novelist as well as Pepe Serna (Scarface) and Kazuki Kitamura (The Raid 2).
Stray Dog, Debra Granik’s first film since Winter’s Bone, won the festival prize for Best Documentary Feature. See below for a complete list of winners.
Awards were also given out in the following categories:
Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature): Stray Dog, directed by Debra Granik
Documentary Award , Honorable Mention: Walking Under Water, directed by Eliza Kubarska
LA Muse Award: Los Ángeles by Damian John Harper
Best Performance in the Narrative Competition: The Ensemble Cast of Recommended by Enrique, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel García
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: The Young Kieslowski, directed by Kerem Sanga
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: Meet the Patels, directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel
Audience Award for Best International Feature: Someone You Love, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Award for Best Narrative Short Film: The Runaway, directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin (France)
Award for Best Documentary Short Film: The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich (Argentina)
Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film: Butter Lamp, directed by Hu Wei (China/France)
Audience Award for Best Short Film: The Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack
Audience Award for Best Music Video: Turn Down For What: Lil Jon and DJ Snake directed by Daniels