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9th edition of LA Independent Women Film Awards


LA Independent Women Film Awards celebrates the independence of women as filmmakers, writers, producers, actresses, cinematographers, composers and editors who are creating groundbreaking indie arthouse film projects in a variety of genres. The festival brings together American and international talents to compete in various sections of the bi-monthly and annual competition. It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 9th edition of the LA Independent Women Film Awards. The festival aims to recognize and promote female talents. Every edition, the committee of the festival announces the best of each category and also promotes finalists of the festival with honorable mentions.


Best Narrative Feature


DREAMS LIVE IN TREES Director: Marco Della Fonte


Best Narrative Short AS STARS OUT THERE Director: Einav Nitzani



Honorable Mention Narrative Short The Kid Behind The Iron Door Director: Farnaz Samiinia



Best Female Director The Erl King Director: Genevieve Kertesz



Best Actress & Best Female Producer Kiera Morgan DREAMS LIVE IN TREES



Best Female Cinematographer Beth Cloutier for A name in your book



Best Female Editor Zhiqiu Jin for Death of the Virgin



Best Female Composer Noora Nakhaei for Printemps



Best produced script


Four O'Clock Flowers


Louise Breckon-Richards


Best Feature Docu Las Abogadas: Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis Director: Victoria Bruce



Honorable Mention Poetic Docu A WOMAN Director: Jeanine Meerapfel



Best Debut Feature Docu Big Little Women Director: Nadia Fares



Best Environmental Docu WILD THINGS Director: Sally Ingleton



Honorable Mention Experimental Docu


Juanita Nielsen NOW Director: Zanny Begg


Best Short Docu A Feminist Lens: The Art and Activism of Photographer Joan Roth Director: Pamela French



Honorable Mention Short Docu The Advocates Director: Shereen Shaltout



Best Short Director Out At Sea Director Qingyu Cheng



Best Animation Pete Director: Bret Parker




Best Unproduced Script Jorie Lee Crosses the Line Writer: Mary Kuryla


​Honorable mention Female composer Drown Without Water Rachel Mason


Honorable Mention screenwriter Motherland Writer: Panayiota (Penny) karan



Honorable Mention Animation Daruma Director: Hannah Meseck


Best Experimental ASK AGAIN LATER Director: Chloe Evangelista



Honorable Mention Experimental Follicular images Director: Ludivine Large-Bessett



Best Student Film A Little Glass of Rum Director: Carah Chafin



Best LA Filmmaker & Best LGBTQ BLUE MOON Director: Emily Ruhl



Best International Female Filmmaker Not a Thing ( Ice cream could be dangerous) Director: Fanni Szilagyi



Best Music Video Monsters Director: Emely Hardt



Best Web/series Coexisting Director: Tallulah Sheffield



Honorable Mention Web/series Namaste LA Director: Lindsay Clift



Best First time filmmaker The Red Rose and the White Rose Director: Xuebing Feng



Honorable Mention First time filmmaker Miner's Candle Director: Manuela Schneider



Best Comedy Happy You Near Director: Naomi Rohatyn



Honorable Mention Comedy Dating Safely Director: Edgar Torres



Best Short Thriller Attest Director: Andi Behring



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