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AFI FEST 2022 Jury awards.


AFI FEST 2022 announced today the films that received this year’s Jury awards. The Grand Jury Award winners for Live Action Short, Documentary Short and Animated Short will be eligible for the 2022 Best Live Action Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short Academy Awards®. The Jury was comprised of writer/director Shaz Bennett, writer/director Johnson Cheng and film critic, journalist and filmmaker Tim Cogshell.


“AFI FEST is a proud symbol of the power of this art form to bring people together,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “We are proud to create an experience that reminds us of the importance of being present and the joy of being alive.”


Grand Jury Prize – Live Action Short

BIRDS (DIR Katherine Propper)

Jury Statement: “For masterfully weaving together a deeply authentic vérité ensemble film, immersing us in the lives of youth on a sizzling Texas summer. BIRDS is magical, tense, romantic and timeless.”


Grand Jury Prize – Documentary Short

HAULOUT (DIR Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev)

Jury Statement: “It’s a revelatory documentary about the devastating effects of climate change — told with stunning images like never seen before.”


Grand Jury Prize – Animated Short

SIERRA (DIR Sander Joon)

Jury Statement: “Simple in subject but deep in content, SIERRA is playful and poignant and sticks with you long after viewing.”


Special Mentions


Special Jury Mention for Ensemble Acting – Live Action Short

YOKELAN, 66 (DIR Yi Tang)

Jury Statement: “All the cast was delightful and so full of charm.”


Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting – Live Action Short


Jury Statement: “It’s not easy to take a hot button topic and make it funny and endearing and searingly truthful.”


Special Jury Mention for Lead Acting – Live Action Short


Jury Statement: “With her debut performance, Gaya de Medeiros brought so much of herself to this role, and all of it comes through on the screen.”


Special Jury Mention for Cinematography – Documentary Short

KYLIE (DIR Sterling Hampton)

Jury Statement: “With sumptuous cinematography, the director captures the subject Kylie with grace and magic.”


Special Jury Mention for Historical Relevance – Documentary Short


Jury Statement: “This film is a time capsule that painfully captures the deep historical relevance of a group moment we all lived through.”


Special Jury Mention for Sound Design – Animated Short

THE SPIRAL (DIR María Silvia Esteve)

Jury Statement: “The exquisite sounds and layers take you into a tunnel of anxiety and pain in the most effective, beautiful way.”


Special Jury Mention for Editing – Animated Short


Jury Statement: “The attention to detail and the skilled editing puts us right in the heart of Maya and her childhood memories.”


Download Award Winners HERE

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The complete AFI FEST program included 125 titles (7 Red Carpet Premieres, 6 Special Screenings, 12 Discovery, 12 World Cinema, 12 Documentary, 30 Short Film Competition, 43 AFI Conservatory and 3 Guest Artistic Director Selections). Of the official selections, 53% were directed by women, 32% were directed by BIPOC filmmakers and 11% were directed by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. This year's program represented 31 countries and included six International Feature Oscar® submissions, ALCARRÀS (Spain), BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS (Mexico), CLOSE (Belgium), EO (Poland), JOYLAND (Pakistan) and SAINT OMER (France). Celebrated filmmaker, producer and founder of distribution company ARRAY, Ava DuVernay, served as this year’s Guest Artistic Director and presented three independent films that amplified the voices of women directors.

This year’s Red Carpet Premieres included the World Premiere of SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND & ME (DIR Alek Keshishian), BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS (DIR Alejandro G. Iñárritu), THE FABELMANS (DIR Steven Spielberg), GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO (DIR Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson), LIVING (DIR Oliver Hermanus), SHE SAID (DIR Maria Schrader) and THE SON (DIR Florian Zeller).


Returning filmmakers to AFI FEST included Lucien Castaing-Taylor (DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA), Guillermo del Toro (GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO), Alice Diop (SAINT OMER), Quentin Dupieux (SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING/FUMER FAIT TOUSSER), Alain Gomis (REWIND & PLAY), Sam Green (32 SOUNDS), Luca Guadagnino (BONES AND ALL), Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (BODY PARTS), Mark Gustafson (GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO), Mia Hansen-Løve (ONE FINE MORNING/UN BEAU MATIN), Joanna Hogg (THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS), Nikyatu Jusu (NANNY), Rory Kennedy (THE VOLCANO: RESCUE FROM WHAKAARI), Léa Mysius (THE FIVE DEVILS), Andrea Pallaoro (MONICA), Hlynur Pálmason (GODLAND/VANSKABTE LAND/VOLAÐA LAND), Jafar Panahi (NO BEARS), Verena Paravel (DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA), Alice Rohrwacher (LE PUPILLE), Hong Sang-soo (WALK UP), Albert Serra (PACIFICTION), Carla Simón (ALCARRÀS), Jerzy Skolimowski (EO), Chris Smith (“SR.”), Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS) and Florian Zeller (THE SON).


Guests at the festival included J.J. Abrams, Casey Affleck, Dean Baquet, Charles Burnett, Julia Butters, Kate Capshaw, Rowena Chiu, Patricia Clarkson, Rebecca Corbett, Paul Dano, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Guillermo del Toro, Laura Dern, Alexandre Desplat, Anna Diop, Robert Downey Jr., Ava DuVernay, Jon Favreau, David Fincher, Jean Picker Firstenberg, Dede Gardner, Selena Gomez, Luca Guadagnino, Mark Gustafson, Lisa Henson, Oliver Hermanus, Judd Hirsch, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Kazuo Ishiguro, Nikyatu Jusu, Jodi Kantor, Rory Kennedy, Vanessa Kirby, Tony Kushner, Trace Lysette, Elvis Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, Sarah Polley, Trent Reznor, Seth Rogen, Atticus Ross, Mark Rylance, Taylor Russell, Maria Schrader, Chris Smith, Steven Spielberg, George Stevens Jr., Megan Twohey, Christoph Waltz, John Williams, Michelle Williams, Finn Wolfhard and Florian Zeller.



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About the American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute (AFI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to champion the moving image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and sparked the movement for film preservation in the United States. In 1969, AFI opened the doors of the AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. The Conservatory, which counts Deniese Davis, Affonso Gonçalves, Susannah Grant, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison as Alumni, is ranked the #1 film school in America. AFI’s enduring traditions include the AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters for work that has stood the test of time; AFI AWARDS, which celebrates the creative ensembles of the most outstanding screen stories of the year; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive that preserve film history for future generations. AFI exhibition programs include AFI FESTAFI DOCS and year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Maryland. AFI Movie Club is a destination for movie lovers from around the world to celebrate and engage with the art form every day. Other pioneering programs include workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community, including AFI DWW+ and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. Read about all of these programs and more at and follow us on social media at,, and


Now in its 36th year, AFI FEST is a world-class event, showcasing the best films from across the globe. This year’s edition takes place in Los Angeles from November 2-6, 2022.  With an innovative slate of programming, the five-day festival presents screenings, panels and conversations, featuring both master filmmakers and new cinematic voices.  AFI FEST includes high-profile films with Q&As featuring the films’ cast and crew and a robust lineup of fiction and nonfiction features and shorts, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for movie fans.  Additional information about AFI FEST is available Connect with AFI FEST at,, Instagram/AmericanFilmInstitute, TikTok/@AmericanFilmInstitute and


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