AFI Fest Reveals Audience and Jury Award Winners for 2021 – Deadline


AFI Festival on Monday announced the films that received this year’s awards, featuring Clint Bentley’s horse rider by Sony Pictures Classics and Juice Wrld, directed by Tommy Oliver, which won the Audience Awards for Fiction and Documentary, respectively.

The winners of the Grand Jury Award for Live Action and Animated Short will be entitled to the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short.

“Bringing together filmmakers and film buffs to celebrate the moving image is at the heart of the AFI FEST. The excitement of all the festival-goers to be together in theaters, once again, was electric, “said Sarah Harris, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals.” This year’s festival really showed everyone the Power of the art form to lift morale when it is needed most. “

The AFI Fest jury was made up of film curator and writer Kiva Reardon; Amanda Salazar, Argo’s head of programming and acquisitions; and writer-director Angel Kristi Williams.

The full AFI FEST program included 118 titles (51 feature films, 1 episodic, 49 shorts, including 19 shorts Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST and 17 AFI Conservatory Showcase shorts) of which 51% directed by women, 39 % directed by BIPOC and 13% were directed by LGBTQ +. This year’s program represented 53 countries and included seven world premieres.

Here is the full list of winners:

Audience Award – Narrative feature

horse rider (DIR. Clint Bentley)

Audience Award – Documentary feature film

WRLD JUICE (DIR. Tommy Oliver)

Audience Award – Short film

Only the moon stops (明月 依旧) (DIR. Johnson Cheng)

Grand Jury Prize – Animation

Love, dad (Mily TatiI) (DIR. Diana Cam Van Nguyen)

Jury statement: “For its reporting of form and content that makes the visual experience deeply vulnerable and personal, the jury would like to award LOVE, DAD as the best animated short film”.

Grand Jury Prize – Live Action

Al-Sit (DIRECTOR Suzannah Mirghani)

Jury statement: “To go beyond its core story to create a densely layered and truly cinematic experience, the jury would like to award AL-SIT for Best Narrative Short”.

Special mention

Baby Bangz (DIR. Juliana Kasumi)

Jury statement: “The jury would like to award BABYBANGZ an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary for its combination of stunning images, important conversations and compelling topics.”

Special mention

Play it safe (DIR Mitch Kalisa)

Jury statement: “For the bold formal choices made during the film, particularly in the final scene, the jury would like to give an honorable mention for directing to Mitch Kalisa, the director of PLAY IT SAFE.”

Special mention

his dance (Rikud Hassidi) (DIR Bar Cohen)

Jury statement: “For a massive performance that anchors the film, the jury would like to give an Honorable Mention for Acting to Leeoz Levy for HER DANCE.”


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