NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Announce Winners of 9th Annual Awards

Cate Jones, David Romberg and Andy Marlatt are among the winners of the 9th Annual Best of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Awards (NFMLA).

The 2021 NFMLA Awards included 125 nominees across 16 categories, plus the best new filmmaker award, which went to Alberto Belli. The selection of films spans narrative, documentary, animation and new media work and includes films from NFMLA’s InFocus diversity initiative.

Jones won best feature film for “She’s the Eldest,” produced by Kelley Gann, which follows three siblings who return home to reconnect but end up digging up the past of their parents’ mysterious disappearances.

Romberg took home the award for best documentary feature film for “The Man of the Monkey.” Produced by Robert Girvin, the film explores the myth of a man who lives with his chimpanzee wife on the Brazilian island of Ilha Grande. On his journey, Romberg’s discoveries are even more shocking than what he expected.

Renuka Jeyapalan and Matt Power won the award for best new media & experimental for “The 410,” and Philip Alexander Narvaez won best cinematography for “Acuitzeramo.”

Winning best performance are Vico Ortiz for the comedy “Misdirection” and Maya Harman for the drama “Chubby.” Best Score went to composers
Patricio Hidalgo, Tacho Utrera, Wendy Cao Romero, Fernando Guadarrama, Ramón Gutiérrez and Arturo O’Farrill, for
“Fandango at the Wall.”

Marlatt’s “Tribes” earned the award for best screenplay, and Alyssa Toledo’s “Lift Off” won best film editing. Gary Kwan took home the award for best sound design for “Handscape,” and Patricio Hidalgo, Tacho Utrera, Wendy Cao Romero, Fernando Guadarrama, Ramón Gutiérrez and Arturo O’Farrill won best score for “Fandango at the Wall.”

Visit NewFilmMakersLA.com to see all the nominees and winners.

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