Awareness Film Festival 2017 Winners Announced

8th Annual Awareness Film Festival, which took place in Los Angeles from October 5th to 15th, announced its Grand Jury and Audience Award winners in the Closing Ceremony held in LA Live's Regal Theatre 14.

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The Awareness Film Festival announced the 2017 award winners.  Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson took the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary while, When I Stutter won the category’s Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary. I Am Still Here captured the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, with The Golden Age winning the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

A full list of award winners is here:

I was overwhelmed by the quality of this year's submissions, over 700, all of which were made to raise awareness and inspire others. The festival hopes to ignite change and open hearts and minds and foster new ideas, collaborations, and films; films with meaning. No matter the production size or length of the film, media can make an impact and affect positive change. We cannot wait for 2018 and the next wave of awareness-raising films!

Skye Kelly

Awareness Film Festival Founder

Grand Jury Award, Best Feature Documentary: Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson

Audience Award Best Feature Documentary: When I Stutter

Grand Jury Award Best Narrative Feature: I Am Still Here

Audience Award Best Narrative Feature: The Golden Age

Grand Jury Award Best Documentary Short: Make It Work The Launch

Audience Award Best Documentary Short: The Road To Yulin

Grand Jury Award Best Narrative Short: Streetwrite

Audience Award Best Narrative Short: The King in the Ring

Grand Jury Best Virtual Reality Award: Kungfucisous

Grand Jury Award Best Student Film: Parched

Audience Award Best Student Film: Life in Strides

Grand Jury Award Best Youth Film: Arcade Creek

Audience Award Best Youth Film: Sunrise Storyteller

Grand Jury Award Best Music Video: Cry by James Maslow

Audience Award Best Music Video (tie): Cry (James Malsow) and Try A Little Tenderness (Alice Tan Ridley)

Special Jury Activist Award: What Doesn’t Kill Me

Special Jury Cinematography Award: The Kingdom That Crumbled

Special Jury Inspiring Film Award: Adele and Everything After

Special Jury Eye Opener Award: May I Be Happy

Special Jury Social Impact Award: Matthew

The ceremony is the culmination of the 2017 Festival, which presented 52 feature-length and 109 short films – selected from thousands of submissions – to socially minded, independent film-loving audiences in Los Angeles, California.

Jury prizes were awarded in addition, festival audiences voted for their favorite films to receive Audience Awards.

The Awareness Film Festival is presented by Heal One World. The Los Angeles based nonprofit was formed to help connect people in need of preventative health care, non-traditional/complementary modalities, natural non-invasive treatments and guidance learning self-help techniques that are generally not covered by insurance, and offer access to this help on a sliding scale, free or donation basis.  All proceeds from the festival will go towards Heal One World.

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