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Award Winners of 8th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
“Tel Aviv” Meital Ner and director Marat Parkhomovsky – Award Winners of 8th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

The 8th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners with the top awards from the jury going to “The Civil Dead,” directed by Clay Tatum, written by Clay Tatum and Whitmer Thomas, for Best North American Narrative Feature; and “Tel Aviv,” directed and written by Marat Parkhomovsky, for Best International Narrative Feature.

“Tel Aviv” also won the Audience Award for Best International Narrative Feature. The feature length documentary winners were “A Woman on the Outside,” directed by Zara Katz and Lisa Riordan Seville and written by Kiara C. Jones for Best North American Documentary; and“Eternal Spring,” directed by Jason Loftus, which also won the Audience Award for Best International Documentary. “The Pez Outlaw” won the Audience Award for Best N. American Documentary Feature, and “Kickin Knowledge” won the Audience Award for Best North American Narrative Feature.

“This year’s festival will not only be remembered as a gathering of amazing filmmakers with truly remarkable stories to tell but brought us back together as a community,” said Shira Dubrovner, Festival Director and Founder. “We take great pride in taking showing films other festivals might not take a chance on. This year was no different. We consciously seek these culturally significant stories that are the voices of our future.”

The festival, held from May 25-29, screened over 90 feature and short films. Over $45,000 in awards and cash prizes were presented to the winners.

The full list of Juried and Audience Awards is below:

Jury Awards

Best North American Narrative Feature: “The Civil Dead,” directed by Clay Tatum, written by Clay Tatum and Whitmer Thomas.

  • Special Mention: For the Best Performance for Kit Zauhar in “Actual People”,  Directed and written by Kit Zauhar.
  • Special Mention for Best Cinematography in “The Noise of Engines” Directed by Phillippe Grégoire.
Tel Aviv directed by Marat Parkhomovsky - Winners of 8th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Tel Aviv directed by Marat Parkhomovsky

Best International Narrative Feature: “Tel Aviv,” Directed and written by Marat Parkhomovsky.

Best North American Documentary Feature: “A Woman on the Outside,” directed by Zara Katz and Lisa Riordan Seville.

Bravery Award for Documentary Feature: “Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege),” directed by Abdallah Al-Khatib.

  • Special Jury Mention for Bravery Award: “The Quiet Epidemic” directed by Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdock

Best International Documentary Feature: “Eternal Spring” directed by Jason Loftus

Best Screenplay: “Saw the Forest” by Patrick L. McConnell

Best N. American Narrative Short: “Birds,” directed by Katherine Propper

Special Jury Mention: “From Water Comes Melon,” directed by Micah Vassau

Best International Narrative Short: “Be Somebody,” directed by Edelawit Hussien

  • Special Jury Mention: “Colony Collapse Disorder,” directed by Amos Holzman

Best Documentary Short: “Ali and His Miracle Sheep,” directed by Maythem Ridha

  • Special Mention to “Kak Iraj,” directed by Jamshid Farjvand
  • Special Mention to “The Doll,” directed by Elahe Esmaili

Best Animation Short: “The Fourth Wall,” directed by Mahboobeh Kalaee

  • Special Mention to “Zoon,” directed by Jonathan Schwenk
  • Special Mention to “Conversations With A Whale” directed by Anna Samo

Best Music Video: “Point and Kill” by Little Simz Featuring Obongjayar, directed by Ebeneza Blanche

Audience Awards

Best North American Narrative Feature: “Kickin Knowledge” directed and written by Adinan Kamanzi.

Best International Narrative Feature: “Tel Aviv,” directed and written by Marat Parkhomovsky.

Best North American Documentary Feature: “The Pez Outlaw,” directed by Bryan Storkel and Amy Bandlien Storkel.

Best International Documentary Feature: “Eternal Spring,” directed by Jason Loftus.

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