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Check out the award winners of the 8th edition of LA Independent Women Film Awards

The award winners of the 8th edition of LA Independent Women Film Awards were announced on July 28th, 2022. The IMDb qualifying competition intends to promote female talents and screen projects through its online platform. The committee also invites female talents to vote for the best of each section in the competition. Female talents come together to shine in the festival as filmmakers, screenwriters, cinematographers, actresses, editors and composer. The festival believes in the power of female cinema and its impact on the world. It is our pleasure to announce the winners.

Here are the winners of the 8th edition:

Best International Narrative Feature


Best US Narrative Feature

Everything I ever wanted to tell my daughter about men

Directors: Lorien Haynes, Barbara van Schaik, Maryam d'Abo, Susannah Harker, Jodhi May, Erin Richards, Katie Flynn, Laura Merians, Amy Gardner, Gia Carides, Kate Sumner, Tara Fitzgerald, Kate Danson, Sienna Guillory, Saffron Burrows, Lucy Brown

Best US Narrative Short

The Winter Fern Director: Gwen Gottlieb

Best International Filmmaker

RAINE Director: FREY Dagne

Best Female Director

Sunflower Director: Mingjie Tang

Best Male Director

NIGHTALK Director: Donald Shebib

Best Actress Mona Arkin for Sunflower


Best Female Cinematographer:

Rachel Garcia-Dunn for Raine

Honorable Mention Short & Best Edit

La nage Director: Marie Poitevin

Best Composer

Miriam Mayer for The Last Picture

Best Produced Script

Siu Pham for We come into life

Best Unproduced Short Script

Again, Mama Writer: Geqi Li

Honorable Mention Short Script

Fight for your life Writer: Daniela Andrea Cruz Yomayusa

Best Unproduced Feature Script

Why I Love The Circus Writer: Tia Matza

Honorable Mention Feature Script

Soy Writer: Shanaya Fastje

Best Feature Documentary

The Voice of Thaïs Director: David Casals Roma

Honorable Mention Feature Documentary

The Brazilian Templars Mystery Directors: Next Anyextee, Neil Cabana

Best Short Documentary

Kanatenhs - When The Pine Needles Fall Director: Ellen Gabriel

Honorable Mention Short Documentary

Sama Yoon On My way Director: Emelie Carlsson Gras

Honorable Mention Short Documentary

What Are You Looking At? Director: Liberty Smith

Best First Time Filmmaker

When Time Got louder

Connie Cocchia


Puzzle in the palm Director: Ayumi Kurokawa

Best Web-Series-Pilot

Meet Me at the Barre Directors: Vera Wagman, Dawn Cobalt, Jill Remez, Karen Bankhead

Best Music Video

Waltz of the Strong

Director: Karyn Lynn Bailey

Honorable mention Music Video

End of the Line Director: Nicola Heidi Hawkins

Best Short Science fiction

Mind Over Matter Director: Anysia Deák

Best Student Film

Lucy Director: Jordana Bleiwas

Honorable Mention Student Film

EXIT Director: Oriana Ng

Best Experimental

Neckline Director: Savannah M. Ryan

Honorable Mention Experimental

And Breathe Directors: Sima Gonsai, Karen Morgan

Best Short Horror

Closet Nightmares Director: Camila de los Santos Speed

Best Animation

My Tiny Friends Director: Jiyoung Park

Honorable Mention Animation

My Cat Lucy Director: Kate Vaillant



Liberty Smith
Liberty Smith
Aug 09, 2022

We are very happy to have an Honorable Mention for the Best Short Documentary category - thank you so much! Wonderful news :)


I am honoured and grateful that LA Independent Women Film Awards, chose Kanàtenhs - When the Pine Needles Fall, the best short documentary. I'm so thrilled for receiving this award, and receiving the good news lifted my spirits. Niawenkó:wa - A big thank you, Skén:nen - wishing you Peace, Ellen Gabriel


Marie Poitevin
Marie Poitevin
Aug 01, 2022

Thank you so much for the great news. I'm so happy and my team also. hoping to discover the selected films, best regards. Marie Poitevin


Mi'Chelle Nelson
Mi'Chelle Nelson
Aug 01, 2022

I am simply beyond words, and deeply inspired that you honored my work in "INTO THE PARK" to be selected as a nominee in the very

prestigious LA WOMEN'S INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL. So grateful for your consideration.


Thank you so much for the great news, I feel very honored that my film "We come into Life" is awarded Best International Narrative Feature 2022. Looking forward to meet you in LA with all my heart... Ms. Siu Pham

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