2012 Newport Beach Film Festival award winners

Here is the official list of award winners for this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, which wrapped up May 3 after screening some 450 films from 50 countries:


Jury Awards

Best Feature Film: "Apartment In Athens"

Best Actor: Gerasimos Skiadaresis ("Apartment In Athens")

Best Actress: Mélanie Laurent ("The Day I Saw Your Heart")

Best Director: Jennifer Devoldère ("The Day I Saw Your Heart")

Best Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic ("Apartment In Athens"

Best Screenplay: Ruggero Dipaola, Heldrun Schleef ("Apartment In Athens")

Best Feature Documentary Film: "The War Around Us" (Director - Abdallah Omeish)

Best Short Documentary Film: "Lioness" (Director - Lisa Cole)

Best Short Animated Film: "The Maker" (Director - Christopher Kezelos)

Best Narrative Short Film: "Interview" (Director - Sebastian Marka)


Audience Awards

Feature (U.S.): "Not That Funny"

Feature (Foreign): "Between Us" ("Aqui Entre Nos")

Documentary: "High Ground" and "Brooklyn Castle" (tied)

Action Sports Feature: "H2indO"

Short Film: "Love At First Sight"


Newport Beach Film Festival Honors

Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking:

"Peace, Love And Misunderstanding"

"Songs For Amy"

"Broken Kingdom"

Outstanding Achievement Acting:

Daniel Henney ("Shanghai Calling")

Ernest Borgnine ("The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez")

Geoffrey Arend ("Save The Date")

Lizzy Caplan ("Save The Date")

Outstanding Achievement In Directing:

Julie Delpy ("Le Skylab")

Matt Heinemann ("Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare")

Outstanding Achievement In Documentary Filmmaking:

"Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare"

"I Am Eleven"

Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking (Action Sports): "Hicks On Sticks"

Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking (Music):

"Under African Skies"

"Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet"

Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking (Environmental):

"The Whale"

"Last Call At The Oasis"

Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking (Family): "Magic Camp"

Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking (Art, Architecture And Design): Gerhard Richter Painting

Outstanding Achievement In Short Filmmaking Directing: Samantha Pineda (El Pescador)

Outstanding Achievement In Short Film Story: "Scheherazade and The Kosher Delight"

Outstanding Achievement In Short Filmmaking Cinematography: "Trotteur" (Cinematographer – Steve Asselin)

Short Film Honorable Mention: "Not Dark Yet"

Humanitarian Award: "Eyes Of Thailand"

Breakout Filmmaker: "General Education"

Breakout Filmmaker: "Worth The Weight"

Orange County Filmmaking Award: "Behind The Orange Curtain"


Red Bull Fan Favorite Award (Newport Beach Film Festival Collegiate Series)

"Incest! The Musical"


The 2012 Chuck Jones Center For Creativity Award For Achievement In Animation

The Chuck Jones Animation Award: "Big Drive"

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