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“Isaac” directed and written by Jurgis Matulevičius
“Isaac” directed and written by Jurgis Matulevičius

The 7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Closing Night Award Ceremony in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday.

Films winning the top awards from the jury included “Ultrasound,” directed by Rob Schroeder and written by Conor Stechschulte, for Best North American Narrative Feature, and “Isaac,” directed and written by Jurgis Matulevičius, for Best International Narrative Feature.

The feature length documentary winners were “Larry Flynt for President” directed by Nadia Szold for Best North American Documentary and “The Renegades” directed by Lisa Maria Hagen and Mariam Noori for Best International Documentary. Both “Isaac” and “Larry Flynt for President” also won the Audience Award in their respective category, as did “Social” (Best North American Narrative Feature) and “Beautiful Idiots” (Best International Documentary Feature).

“This year’s festival will not only be remembered as a gathering of amazing filmmakers with truly remarkable stories to tell,” said Shira Dubrovner, Festival Director and Founder, “but brought us back together as a community. At the heart of what we do is make connections as humans, and the restorative effect of being with each other in person was transformational.”

Juried and Audience Awards of 7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Jury Awards

Best North American Narrative Feature: “Ultrasound,” directed by Rob Schroeder. Written by Conor Stechschulte.

Special Mention: the ensemble cast of “What Josiah Saw,” directed by Vincent Grashaw. Written by Robert Alan Dilts.

Best International Narrative Feature: “Isaac,” directed and written by Jurgis Matulevičius.

Best North American Documentary Feature: “Larry Flynt for President, directed by Nadia Szold.

Best International Documentary Feature: “The Renegades,” directed by Lisa Maria Hagen and Mariam Noori.

Special Mention: “Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann, directed by Alberto Triano.

Best Screenplay: “Mr. Cool” by Beau Brians

Best Narrative Short: “Manaus Hot City,” directed by Rafael Ramos

Special Jury Mention for Creative Vision: “Progressive Touch,” directed by Michael Portnoy

Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting: “Devek,” directed by Uriya Hertz

Special Jury Mention for Episodic: “Khaki Is Not Leather,” directed by Ray Smiling

Best Documentary Short: “A Man in Chain,” directed by Alireza Mirasadullah

Special Mention to “Vagalumes (Fireflies),” directed by Leo Bittencourt

Best Animation Short: “Human Nature,” directed by Sverre Fredriksen

Special Mention to “Millennial Prince,” directed by Julie Fliegenspan

Best Music Video: “Sink In” by Tirzah, directed by Leah Walker

Special Mention to “Houkou” by Satomimagae, directed by Nonowe Akihito

Special Mention to “Room with a View” by Rone, directed by (La)Horde: Brutti, Debrouwer, and Harel

Audience Awards

Best North American Narrative Feature: “Social,” directed and written by Miles Triplett.

Best International Narrative Feature: “Isaac,” directed and written by Jurgis Matulevičius.

Best North American Documentary Feature: “Larry Flynt for President,” directed by Nadia Szold.

Best International Documentary Feature: “Beautiful Idiots,” directed by Michael Ginthoer. Written by Michael Ginthoer and Christos Chassapis.

Mammoth Film Festival Bravery Award

2021 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Bravery Award was presented to Nancy Wagoner for her demonstrated extraordinary kindness and compassion, empathy and grit, as a pillar to her community. Through their actions depicted in the film “Fearless,” Nancy and James Reyna transformed a boxing gym into a space for encouragement and growth for kids who needed it most.

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