2021 Awards

Grand Jury Prize Winners

Best Feature Film – Comedy – Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers
Best Feature Film – Drama – The Imaginary State
Best Feature Film – Documentary – Another Child
Best SciFi FIlm – Elipsis
Best Short Film – Comedy – Sous Pression (Under Pressure)
Best Short Film – Documentary – The Kids Are Still Here
Best Short Film – Drama – Six Nights
Best Short Film – Arthouse – Acknowledgements
Best Short Film – Experimental – Cinema
Best Short Film – Horror – Koreatown Ghost Story
Best Music Video – ODDKO D4TM
Best Director – SB Edwards, Fall Back Down
Best Actress in a Lead Role – Co-Leads: Lyndsey Frank & Bree Helders, Bree and Lyndsey are Actors
Best Actor in a Lead Role – Vernon Wells, Kringle Time
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Aadila Dosani, Fall Back Down
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Ari Schneider, Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers
Best Performance by a Cast – Drama – The Imaginary State
Best Performance by a Cast – Comedy – Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers
Best Performance by a Voice Actor – Iggy Pop, Squirrel Mountain ‘Iggy To The Rescue’
Best Screenplay – SB Edwards, Fall Back Down
Best Cinematography – Henrik Jensen, The Imaginary State
Best Visual Effects – Christian Klein, Sweet Nothings
Best Production Design – In the Company of Crows
Best Screenplay – Feature (Unproduced) – go-LOVE-go John Griffin
Best Screenplay – Feature (Unproduced) – Splicer
Best Screenplay – Pilot (Unproduced) – She Creature Maria Krovatin & Chris Krovatin
Best Screenplay – Pilot (Unproduced) – Rennies Daniel Roche

Audience Award Winners

Documentary – A Perfect Vintage
Feature Film – Fall Back Down
Short Films – Comedy – “Screwball Short Film Program” – Coco and Colby, Bree and Lyndsey are Actors & Lizard Brain
Short Film – Drama -“Authenticity Short Film Program” –  Break, Delivery & Six Nights
Short Film – Experimental – “Poetic Short Film Program” – Acknowledgements, Telling Time, Liberate & It Doesn’t Matter
Short Film – Horror – “Horror Spotlight Program” – Clean Cut Clean Cut & The Strong Box

Filmmakers Award Winners

Outstanding Short Film – Documentary  – Woman of Courage

Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – Achan and Ezra
Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – Kia Summer Sales Event
Outstanding Director – Comedy – David Labrecque, Sous Pression (Under Pressure)
Outstanding Screenplay – Comedy – Omri Rose, Achan and Ezra
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Comedy – Achan and Ezra
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Comedy – Jon Ebeling, Lizard Brain
Outstanding Acting, Comedy Duo – Gerald B. Fillmore & Vanessa Benavente, Hold For Applause
Outstanding Cinematography – Comedy – Eric Bader, Kia Summer Sales Event

Outstanding Short Film – Drama – 11-95
Outstanding Short Film – Drama – She Used to Laugh
Outstanding Director – Drama – Robert Brogden, Six Nights
Outstanding Screenplay – Drama – Greg Berman, She Used to Laugh
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Drama – 11-95
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Drama -Kelly Frye,  A Call Above the Clouds
Outstanding Cinematography – Drama – Ino Yang Popper, A Call Above the Clouds

Outstanding Short Film – Experimental – When Snow Falls
Outstanding Director – Experimental – Theodore Knighton, Cinema
Outstanding Screenplay – Experimental – Zack Browne, It Doesn’t Matter
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Experimental – Ted Louis Levy & Barbara Duffy, When Snow Falls
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Experimental – Ingrid Rogers, Liberate
Outstanding Cinematography – Experimental – Theodore Knighton & Co, Cinema

Outstanding Short Film – Horror – Clean Cut
Outstanding Directors – Horror – Minsun Park & Teddy Tenenbaum, Koreatown Ghost Story
Outstanding Screenplay – Horror – Minsun Park & Teddy Tenenbaum, Koreatown Ghost Story
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Horror – Koreatown Ghost Story
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Horror – Joseph Fox, The Strong Box
Outstanding Cinematography – Horror – Jon Keng, Koreatown Ghost Story

Outstanding Short Film – SciFi – Anomaly
Outstanding Director – SciFi – Michael Jeanpert, Anomaly
Outstanding Screenplay – SciFi – Christian Klein, Sweet Nothings
Outstanding Acting, Cast – SciFi – Anomaly
Outstanding Acting, Individual – SciFi – Roberto Calvet, Anomaly
Outstanding Cinematography – SciFi – Victor Ingles, Sweet Nothings

Outstanding Music Video – I Don’t Need A Sledgehammer To Start A Fire

Programmer’s Award Winners

Exceptional Filmmaking – Execution
Exceptional Filmmaking – Home By 11
Exceptional Filmmaking – In A Strange Room
Exceptional Filmmaking – Jiyan
Exceptional Filmmaking – Squirrel Mountain ‘Iggy To The Rescue’
Exceptional Filmmaking – The Sword That Waits

Prize Definitions/Explanations

Grand Jury Prizes – determined by the festival’s official selection committee.
Audience Awards – determined by highly scientific instruments placed throughout the theater to determine audience satisfaction.
Filmmakers Awards – given only to short films, these are determined by a panel of fifteen filmmakers whose films have been Official Selections previous years.
Programmer’s Prize – given to film(s) that festival programmer Jeff Howard cannot bear to see go without an award. These films are generally off the beaten path and break conventions of format and genre.

Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival

Film Invasion Los Angeles is proud to announce that we have achieved Top 100 Best Reviewed status!  We received this message from FilmFreeway:

“According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 1% of more than 10,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. No doubt, this ranking is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and care that you and your staff have devoted to creating such a wonderful event.”

 

New Prize – Best Visual Effects!

Film Invasion Los Angeles is proud to announce that aescripts + aeplugins is sponsoring FILA’s new Best Visual Effects prize.  Open to feature films, short films and music videos, the winner of FILA’s Best Visual Effects prize will receive a $1,000 Gift Card redeemable at the aescripts + aeplugins online store. The winner will be selected by the aescripts + aeplugins team!

FILA 2020 Wrap Up – Over 5,000 Views

FILA 2020’s online Screening Room closed after Monday, June 29 and we are amazed to share that our 2020 Official Selections racked up 5,616 views by 3,999 unique viewers!  We could not be more proud of the nine feature films, thirty-five short films, two music videos, and ten screenplays that made this year’s festival a great one.

We want to thank every filmmaker, screenwriter, performer, producer, cinematographer, production designer, and every other contributor who helped make wonderful films.  We look forward to seeing what everyone does next!

Our sister-festival is the Sherman Oaks FIlm Festival (@shermanoaksff) that is held in November.  Fingers crossed we get to see everyone in person then.  And if not, hopefully at FILA 2021!

FILA 2020 Awards

Grand Jury Prize Winners

Best Feature Film – Collision
Best Short Film – Drama – The Bus to Birra Birra
Best Short Film – Comedy – Sofa Queen
Best Short Film – Horror – Stew
Best Short Film – Experimental/Arthouse – Kiko’s Saints
Best Documentary Feature Film – Comfort Farms
Best Documentary Short Film – Jessyca
Best Music Video – Nice Shoes
Best Director, Feature Film – Mehdi Avaz, Collision
Best Director, Short Film – TJ Power, The Bus to Birra Birra
Best Actress in a Lead Role – Camille Calvin, Desire Lines
Best Actor in a Lead Role – Doug Burch, DOUG
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Cecilie Stenspil, Collision
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Nigel Lysaght, Desire Lines
Best Performance by an Ensemble – Life’s A Bitch And Then One Kills You
Best Screenplay – Patrick Connolly & Nigel Lysaght, Desire Lines
Best Cinematography, Feature Film – Jonathan Latona, DOUG
Best Art Direction/Production Design – Gaëlle Usandivaras, Kiko’s Saints
Best Screenplay (Unproduced) – The Loser’s Club by Jonathan Turner Smith

Audience Award Winners

Audience Award, Feature Film – DOUG;   Lupe
Audience Award, Short Film – The Squirrels in the Attic
Audience Award, Documentary Film – Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America

Filmmakers Award Winners

Outstanding Short Film – Drama – Kama’āina (Child of the Land)
Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – Grief Vigilantes
Outstanding Short Film – Horror – Far Gone
Outstanding Short Film – Experimental/Arthouse – His Mother
Outstanding Short Film – Sci FI – Kids Don’t Die
Outstanding Directors – Kimi Howl Lee, Kama’āina (Child of the Land); Paul Maziere, Joseph Turns 42 (Or the Inconsistency of Wonders); Samuël L. Jodry, Bengal (or before happiness strikes)
Outstanding Screenplay – TJ Power, The Bus to Birra Birra
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Grief Vigilantes, Sofa Queen
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Elizabeth Blackmore, The Bus to Birra Birra; Malia Kamalani Soon, Kama’āina (Child of the Land); Nikki James, Sofa Queen
Outstanding Cinematography – Caroline Le Hello, Kiko’s Saints

Programmer’s Award Winners

Exceptional Films: Fantasmas (Ghosts), First States, Micky

Prize Definitions/Explanations

Grand Jury Prizes – determined by the festival’s official selection committee.
Audience Awards – determined by highly scientific instruments placed throughout the theater to determine audience satisfaction.
Filmmakers Awards – given only to short films, these are determined by a panel of fifteen filmmakers whose films have been Official Selections previous years.
Programmer’s Prize – given to film(s) that festival programmer Jeff Howard cannot bear to see go without an award. These are generally films that were runners-up in a bunch of categories and their general greatness deserves an award.

FILA 2020 Screenings

Nearly all of FILA 2020’s Official Selections will be viewable for one week right here in our Screening Room.

If you’ve been following FILA 2020 you might know that we had planned to run Livestreams with Live Q&A’s for our screenings. After many tests, we learned that there was too high a possibility that there would be freezing and stuttering of the films. To present the films in the best possible manner, we are pre-recording Q&A’s and then presenting feature films and blocks of short films followed by their respective Q&A’s in the FILA 2020 Screening Room.

We know that most viewers will come to see the work of someone that they know, but Team FILA can guarantee that if you stick around and watch some of the films you never heard of you are going to see terrific, well-made movies.

We hope everyone enjoys the 2020 Festival that had to be online instead of at the theater. We hope to see you at the theater next year!