Up-and-coming filmmakers praised at recent event

By: Jonathan Bennett

Making it in the film and entertainment industry is no easy feat, which is why directors praised at the recent 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival were so excited with their custom trophies. According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, this year’s event showcased a variety of U.S. and international pieces, bringing many people together to share their visions.

“Short Term 12,” earned the Audience Award for its ability to capture the struggles and joys surrounding a Santa Monica foster care facility. The narrative, directed by Destin Cretton, was a popular choice among judges. Other winners of the night included “Wadjda,” the first ever film submitted by a director from Saudi Arabia, which earned the Audience International Feature Award and “Katachi: Shugo Tokumaru” which won in the Music Video Category.

One of the most prestigious awards, the Jury Prize for Feature Documentary, went to “Code Black,” by Dr. Ryan McGarry. The documentary chronicles the changes in L.A. County’s hospitals and emergency rooms. Along with the accolade, McGarry was also presented with a $10,000 check from DirectTV, the event’s sponsor.

The L.A. Film Festival official website reports the event has been taking place for 19 years, helping to “showcase the best in new American and international cinema… “