LA Film Fest

SAGindie returned as a sponsor of Film Independent’s 2017 LA Film Festival, where we were fortunate enough to attend some screenings, host a party, and sponsor the annual Actors Coffee Talks.

Participating in this year’s Coffee Talks were some well-known faces who shared battles stories about auditions, improv, and more: Michael Angarano (I’m Dying Up Here, Sun Dogs), Jillian Bell (Rough Night, Idiotsitter), Amir Arison (The Blacklist, 20 Weeks), and Jeffrey Donovan (Shut Eye, Shot Caller). For those who couldn’t attend the Coffee Talks at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Film Independent was kind enough to recap the panel discussion over on their blog.

actors coffee talk

Our cocktail party – co-sponsored with SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America, West – was hosted by actor Roger Guenveur Smith (Rodney King) and screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz (The Book of Henry). You can see more photos from our LAFF events on Facebook. And don’t forget to check out this year’s festival award winners below!


2017 LA Film Festival Award Winners:

Jury Awards

  • U.S. Fiction Award: Becks, directed by Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh
  • U.S. Fiction Cinematography Award: Everything Beautiful is Far Away, cinematography by Christian Sorensen Hansen and Pete Ohs
  • World Fiction Award: The Night Guard (El Vigilante), directed by Digeo Ros
  • Documentary Award: Liyana, directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp
  • LA Muse Award – Fiction: And Then There Was Eve, directed by Savannah Bloch
  • LA Muse Award – Documentary: Skid Row Marathon, directed by Mark Hayes
  • Nightfall Award: Serpent, directed by Amanda Evans
  • Short Film Award – Fiction: A Funeral For Lightning, directed by Emily Kai
  • Short Film Award – Documentary: Black America Again, directed by Bradford Young

Audience Awards

  • Best Feature Film – Fiction: The Keeping Hours, directed by Karen Moncrieff
  • Best Feature Film – Documentary: Skid Row Marathon, directed by Mark Hayes
  • Best Short Film: Swim, directed by Mari Walker
  • Best Web Series: High & Mighty, directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada

Congrats to all the LAFF winners!



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