'Man From Reno' wins top prize at L.A. Film Festival

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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 AwardLos Ángeles by Damian John Harper

Best Performance in the Narrative CompetitionThe Ensemble Cast of Recommended by Enrique, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel García

Audience Award for Best Narrative FeatureThe Young Kieslowski, directed by Kerem Sanga

Audience Award for Best Documentary FeatureMeet the Patels, directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel

Audience Award for Best International FeatureSomeone You Love, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen

Award for Best Narrative Short FilmThe Runaway, directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin (France)

Award for Best Documentary Short FilmThe Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich (Argentina)

Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short FilmButter Lamp, directed by Hu Wei (China/France)

Audience Award for Best Short FilmThe Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack

Audience Award for Best Music VideoTurn Down For What: Lil Jon and DJ Snake directed by Daniels

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