AFI FEST 2010 announced today the four feature and two short films that are the recipients of this year’s Audience and Jury Awards out of the 97 films (66 features, 31 shorts) selected from 3,000 submissions divided across 31 countries.

“We’ve had extraordinary, diverse audiences and incredible attendance at the festival this year, so it’s especially rewarding to acknowledge the films that our audiences have loved the most,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST presented by Audi.  “And we had an incredibly knowledgeable and talented shorts jury who had to make tough decisions given the array of short films deserving recognition this year.”

One film in each of the following sections received an Audience Award:

World Cinema

  • BOY: When his absent father returns home, a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand must confront the man he thought he remembered.  DIR/SCR Taika Waititi.  New Zealand.

New Auteurs

  • BEDEVILLED: An island vacation turns deadly for Hae-won when she tries to help her abused childhood friend and her daughter escape.  DIR Cheol-soo Jang.  SCR Choi Gwang-young.  South Korea.

Young Americans

  • LITTLEROCK: When her car breaks down on a sightseeing tour of California, a Japanese student discovers a different America than the one in her dreams.  DIR/SCR Mike Ott.  USA. (read ScreenCrave review)

Breakthrough (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize)

  • HAMILL: Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, this film tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat.  DIR Oren Kaplan.  SCR Joseph McKelheer, Eben Kostbar.  USA.

As in previous years, a jury decides the Short Film Awards.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes each winner as a qualifier for the annual Academy Awards®.

Live Action Short Film

  • QUADRANGLE: An unconventional documentary about two “conventional” couples who swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early ‘70s.  DIR Amy Grappell.  USA.

Animated Short Film

  • MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON: Voiced and written by SNL alum Jenny Slate, this short about a shell took the Internet by storm.  DIR Dean Fleischer-Camp.  SCR Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer-Camp.  USA.
  • PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS (DIR Laurie Hill) and THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (DIR/SCR Trevor Anderson) receive honorable mention from the Short Film Jury and will also screen again today.

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