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raymac Written by raymac
Nov. 8, 2012 | 7:21 PM

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AFI FEST Award Winners Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 8, 2012 – AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi announced today the features and short films that are the recipients of this year’s Audience and Jury Awards.

“It has been an incredible year in film and we’re grateful for having had the opportunity to showcase so many wonderful films,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST. “Our desire is to have these films reach an even wider audience after these eight festival days, and that our jury and audience awards contribute to building an audience for these films.”

“We are so pleased to see how the juries and audience reacted to these incredible films and filmmakers,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming of AFI FEST. “The juries’ recognition was spread out over many films, and results of our audience award winners were incredibly close this year.”


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST Grand Jury Award winners in the Live Action and Animated Shorts categories as qualifiers for the annual Academy Awards® Short Film category.

Live Action Short: INTRODUCING: BOBBY. by Roger Hayn “for crafting an honest vision of America by making an insightful portrayal of a single man.”

Animated Short: OH WILLY… by Emma De Swaef and Marc Roels “for melding a dynamic narrative with innovative animation style that leads the viewer to pure wonderment.”


EAT SLEEP DIE for director Gabriela Pichler’s “sensitive portrait of a young woman fighting to keep her job and her dignity in the globalized economy, driven by an energetic performance from Nermina Lukac, is an extraordinary work accessible to many audiences.”


World Cinema: A ROYAL AFFAIR. DIR Nikolaj Arcel. Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany.

New Auteurs: A HIJACKING. DIR Tobias Lindholm. Denmark.

Young Americans: ONLY THE YOUNG. DIR Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims. USA.

Breakthrough: NAIROBI HALF LIFE. DIR David Tosh Gitonga. Kenya/Germany.

The complete list of award-winners, including special awards, is attached at the end of this press release.


The AFI FEST 2012 program included 140 films (84 features, 56 shorts) from 3,400 submissions across 28 countries, with France (23), UK (13) and Germany (12) topping the international selections. The breakdown by section is Galas and Tribute (6), Special Screenings (8), Young Americans (11), New Auteurs (9), World Cinema (31), Midnight (4), Breakthrough (6), Guest Artistic Director (5), Secret Screening (1) and Shorts (56), and includes 12 official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions.

The Opening Night Gala was the World Premiere of Sacha Gervasi’s HITCHCOCK. The Closing Night Gala is the Official World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, which screens tonight at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with Spielberg and the full cast expected to be in attendance, among many others. The Secret Screening was the newest James Bond film, SKYFALL.

Among the many highlights of the festival were throngs of fans waiting on Hollywood Boulevard to catch a glimpse of Kristen Stewart before the Gala premiere of ON THE ROAD; rapturous applause from a full house at SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was introduced by Bradley Cooper, John Ortiz and director David O. Russell; an engaged audience listening to Ewan McGregor speak about THE IMPOSSIBLE; proud dad Ken Burns introducing THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE with his co-directors including (his daughter) Sarah Burns and David McMahon; a standing ovation for Xavier Dolan’s LAURENCE ANYWAYS, which was attended by Cannes Best Actress winner Suzanne Clément; Léos Carax reuniting with his HOLY MOTORS’ leading lady Eva Mendes on the red carpet; and the sale of KON-TIKI, which is Norway’s official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, to The Weinstein Company.

Over 60 international filmmakers traveled from around the world to attend the festival, including master filmmaker Kim Ki-duk with PIETA; Mexico’s official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission AFTER LUCIA’s Michel Franco and star Tessa Ia; Romania’s official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission BEYOND THE HILLS’ Cristian Mungiu; SOMETHING IN THE AIR’s Olivier Assayas; and Tobias Lindholm who has two films at the festival (A HIJACKING and THE HUNT). 

Other notable artists in front of and behind the camera who came out and supported their independent and studio films included Marion Cotillard and Jacques Audiard with RUST AND BONE; AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Dustin Hoffman making his directorial debut with QUARTET; Nick Offerman with SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME; Jane Adams who co-wrote and stars in Joe Swanberg’s ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY; Diego Luna who introduced the Midnight movie COME OUT AND PLAY and reunited with his THE MOTORCYCLES DIARY director, Walter Salles, at ON THE ROAD; and Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks who joined Sally Potter at GINGER & ROSA.

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST continued its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings. Tickets for today’s screenings are available in-person at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office at the Hollywood & Highland Center

The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization and passes are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; AT&T; the Coca-Cola Company; Creative America; Hewlett-Packard (HP); Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Levi’s; Stella Artois; New Amsterdam Vodka; American Film Market (AFM); and the Chinese Theatre, among many others.

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