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The devotion of LA Independent Women to female cinema

LA Independent Women Film Awards is devoted to the promotion and screening of female talents from the US and all over the world. The festival is honored to announce the latest winners of its competition. The winners of each edition go through the annual programming and the finalists of the year are screened in LA for the annual festival which includes networking events for female talents in order to provide exposure to film projects and seek distribution. The mission of the festival is designed to help create a platform for talented female artists to be recognized for their projects and more importantly, get them the industry exposure to help sustain their craft for many years to come. LA Independent Women Film Awards is an outstanding event for promoting and screening female artists working in media from all over the world. It is our pleasure to announce the latest winners of LA Independent Women Film Awards.

Winners of LA Independent Women Film Festival

12th edition

Best Narrative Feature


Director: Jennifer Nichols

Best Narrative Short

Eviction: A Single Mother's Struggle to Survive the Housing Crisis

Director: Luciana Fulhaber

Best Female Director

Old Times Director: Monica Raymund

Best Actress

Chantae Miller

Old Times

Best Producer

The Wait to Nowhere

Heidi Baskfield

Lizzie Costello

Shannon Umetani

Honorable Mention Documentary

Director: Nancy Hamilton Myers


Best Cinematographer

Maddie Staszak

Three A.M.

Best Editor

Kellan Marvin

The Tip

Best Composer

Siubhan Ni Ghriofa

The Pageturner

Best Produced Script


Writers: Didi Cederström & Molly Wagner

Best Documentary Feature & Best Human Rights

Where Can We Live In Peace?

Judy Mary Jackson

Best Documentary Short

The Body in the Woods

Bel Trew

Honorable Mention Short Documentary

Director: George Larkin

Best Animation


Yoana Atanasova Atanasova

Best Horror

The Knowing

Erin Lovett

Best Experimental


Dora Longo Bahia

Best Student Film

Vulture City, Wyoming

Anna Shea Keating

Best Emerging L.A. Filmmaker

Everyday Shit Director: Lorena E. Gonzalez

Best International Filmmaker


Nieves Gómez

Best Science Fiction

The Rising

Mila Perkins

Best Music Video

One Last Time

Shannon Rugani

Best Series-Web-Pilot

An American Abroad Pilot

Marcia Kimpton




Best LGBTQ Animation

Director: Aubrey Scott

Best First-Time Short Filmmaker


Rebecca Noguchi

Best Comedy


Zara Burdett

Honorable Mention Comedy

Director: Dawn Macleod

Best Thriller

The Ghost of You

Max Mallar, Kenzie Yango


Best Youth Actor

Sacha Huyghe


Best Youth Actress

Mengyue Niu

Left Behind

Honorable Mention Director

Director: Yiqing ZHU

Best Unproduced Script

Shining Star Writer: Jackie Thornton


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