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‘Embers’ and ‘Off The Rails’ among Newport Beach Film Festival winners


Writer-director K. Rocco Shields, writer David Tillman and actress Katherine LaNasa, from left, from “Love is All you Need?” arrive for opening night April 21 of the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival. “Love is All you Need?” won a Festival Honors award for ensemble cast.

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The Newport Beach Film Festival on Monday announced the winners of its 17th annual edition, which wrapped up Thursday.

The selection committee reviewed more than 2,500 films, and the 50,000 viewers who turned out for the weeklong festival watched more than 400 films from 50 countries.

Each movie competed for honors in three categories: Jury Awards, voted on by a panel of film experts and industry insiders; Festival Honors, given by the event’s staff; and Audience Awards, determined by ballots from filmgoers.

Here’s a roundup of this year’s winners:



Jury Awards

Best Feature Film: “Embers”

Best Actor: George Kosuros, “American Wrestler: The Wizard”


Best Director: Claire Carre, “Embers”

Best Cinematography: Rudiger Barth and William A. Kirkley, “Orange Sunshine”

Best Documentary: “Off The Rails”

Best Editing: “Orange Sunshine”

Best Narrative Short Film: “Hi, How Are You”

Best Documentary Short Film: “The Last Barn Dance”

Best Animated Short Film: “Violet”

Best Foreign Short Film: “Deszcz”



Festival Honors

Directing: Bob Yari, “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba”

Feature Film: “Love & Friendship” and “American Wrestler: The Wizard”

Foreign Film: “The Violin Teacher” and “The Innocents (Agnus Dei)

Acting: Dev Patel, “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” and Evanna Lynch, “My Name is Emily”

Screenwriting: “Year By The Sea”

Editing: “Coming Through the Rye”


Ensemble Cast: “Love Is All You Need?”

Short Film: “Roksana,” “Zelos,” “Clock Maker’s Dream” and “Delicate Things”

Short Foreign Film: “Foal”

Short Documentary Film: “Twin Visions”

Short Animation Film: “Dissonance”

Family Film: “Lost & Found”

Music: “Monument”

Action Sports: “Fire and Water” and “Chasing Niagara”

Breakout Performance: Brianna Hildebrand, “The Voice Inside”


Audience Awards

Feature Film: “The Lennon Report” and “Nobody Walks in LA”

Foreign Film: “Battalion”

Documentary: “Orange Sunshine” and “The Ataxian”

Action Sports: “Dirty Old Wedge”

Environmental: “Huntwatch”

Art, Architecture and Design: “Tyrus”

Family: “The Kids From 62-F”

Narrative Short Film: “Seeking: Jack Tripper” and “Reality+"

Animated Short Film: “Follow Your Heart”

Foreign Short Film: “Zaatari”

Art, Architecture & Design Short Film: “The Whimsical Imagineer”