After eight intense days of films being shown in six different theaters, including galas at Grauman’s and the Egyptian, the AFI Film Festival winds down and closes with their top choices. There was a Grand Jury Award, which selected two short films and one feature, the shorts would qualify for the Academy Awards Short Film category. The rest was decided by the audience who voted on which they found to be the most pleasing of the four categories; World Cinema, New Auteurs, Young Americans, and Breakthrough.
The Grand Jury selected Introducing: Bobby by Roger Hayn for the live action short and Oh Willy… by Emma De Swaef and Marc Roels for the animated short. And then, for the last of the Grand Jury Awards, Eat Sleep Die was chosen from the category of New Auteurs as an award winner.
For the audience awards, A Royal Affair (dir. Nikolaj Arcel) was selected from the World Cinema category, A Hijacking (dir. Tobias Lindholm) was selected from the New Auteurs category, Only The Young (dir. Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims) was selected from the Young Americans category, and Nairobi Half Life (dir. David Tosh Gitonga) was selected from the Breakthrough category.
All in all, the AFI Fest was a fun experience where many old friends met and new friendships were created. Everyone encountered by our writers were fun, informative, and very social. Everyone had different expectations, were there for the experience, though some became rowdy when others cut the line. The special screening was Skyfall (2012) and the galas were, for the most part, packed with eager viewers. Not at all bad for a free film festival sponsored by Audi.