‘The Rest of Us’ won Best Picture on 2022 DTLAFF


 The 13th annual DTLA Film Festival was held last week  at Regal L.A. LIVE. On the closing night, 19th of September they announced the winners. Florencia Krochiks The Rest of Us,a feature documentary about DACA kids shot over a decade, won Best Picture.

Other winners included director Martin Torrez’ “The Great American Low Rider Tradition,” a feature documentary about the Lowrider culture of East Los Angeles, which took the Audience Favorite Award, and Sophie Galibert, named Best Director for “Cherry,” a narrative dramedy that tackles the hot-button topic of abortion.

Also taking honors were Jessica Rae for Best Screenplay (“Raise Your Hand”), “5-25-77” for Best Editing, and “The Art of Rebellion” for Best Documentary Feature. The sci-fi thriller “Catalyst,”, making its world premiere, was awarded prizes for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Special Effects. The Best Anthology Film award went to “Covid Sins & Virtues.”

This year the festival changed to nongender-specific acting categories.  Best Actors awards for lead performances in a feature film were given to Ericka Clevenger (“Red Raincoats”), Jesse Gavin (“Northern Exposure”), Austin Nichols, (“Match”), Ahna O’Reilly (“Match”), Nina Tarr (“Red Raincoats”), Alexandria Treuwhitt (“Cherry”) and Dee Wallace (“Nix”).

Among the winners In the shorts series, which included films, TV pilots, and web series, were director Akiko Izumitani’ “Yae: Blind Samurai Woman,” Best Short Film;  director Richard Andrews Janes’ “Faculty Lounging” for Best TV Pilot,  and director Carolyn Ratteray’s “(Un)claimed” for Best Web Series.


See the full list here:




Best Picture

“The Rest of Us,” director: Florencia Krochik


Audience Favorite Award

“The Great American Low Rider Tradition,” director: by Martin Torrez


Best Cinematographer

Juan Esco and Matthew Plaxco, Catalyst


Best Director, Narrative Feature

Sophie Galibert, “Cherry”


Best Actors

Ericka Clevenger, “Red Raincoats”

Jesse Gavin, “Northern Exposure”

Ahna O’Reilly, “Match

Austin Nichols, “Match “

Nina Tarr, “Red Raincoat”

Alexandria Treuwhitt, “Cherry”

Dee Wallace, Nix


Best Supporting Actors

Sandy Duarte, “Cherry”

Brooke Maroon, “Turbo Cola”

Nyambi Nyambi, “In Her Name”

Dan Schultz, “Cherry”


Best Screenplay

Raise Your Hand, Jessica Rae


Best Ensemble Cast

“Catalyst”: David Bianchi, Joni Bovil, Darin Cooper, Steve Eastin, Noel Gugliemi, Patrick Kilpatrick, Umar Khan, Melanie Liburd, Jermaine Love, Enrico Natale, Michael Roark.


Best Editing 

“5-27-77,” Alain K. Blair, Alex Creager and Kat Thomas


Breakthrough Performance

Miguel Ángel Garcia, “Carlos Through The Tall Grass”


Best New Director

Aaron Dougherty, “The  Best Day Of  Your Life”


Best Documentary

”The Art of Rebellion,” directed by Libby Spears


Best Film Score

“OKAY!” (The ASD band Film), composed by Tim Mann


Best Music Documentary

“Nothing But The Blood,” directed by Carmen Lundy


Best Anthology Film

“Covid Sins & Virtues,” directed by Yeniffer M. Behrens, Mauricio Mendoza, Oscar Torre, Hugo Garcia, Caroline Brethenoux, Hernan de Becky, Cesar Gamino, Juan Gil, Marabina James, Miguel Paredes, Shanay Patalano, Jesus Schettino, Alex Toedtli Mera


Best Special Effects





Best Film

“Yae: Blind Samurai Woman,” director: Akiko Izumitani


Best Director

Alexander Thompson, “Black Dragon”


Best Director, Documentary

Erika Valenciana, La Mitad del Mundo/The Middle of the World)


Best Actors

Katherine Castro, “Weak”

Cindy De La Cruz, “Ro & The Stardust”

Arami Malaisé, “Viva”

Brandon Thomas, “Reggie and June”


Best New Director

Jason Yamamoto, “When You Leave”


Best Duo Performance 

Princess Adenike and Mister Fitzgerald, “30 Weeks”


Best Ensemble Cast

“We All Die Alone”: Brian Patrick Butler,  Frank DiPalermo, Joshua Alan Jones, Patrick Mayuyu, Durwood Murray, Carla Nell,  Suzan Norberg, Alexndra Slade


Breakthrough Performance

Bella Zoe Shashaty, “Glory & Injustice”


Best Experimental Short

“La Cuarentena,” director: Johaira Michelle Dilauro


Best Animated Short

“How to Lose Weight and Look Great,” director: Nolan Wang


Best Comedy Short:

“Dog Lover,” director: Anne-Sophie Bine


Best Student Short

Havana, director: Faith Strongheart


Best Drama Short

“Le Ballon Bleu” (“The Blue Balloon”), director: Katherine Griffin


Best Horror/Thriller/Fantasy Short

“Wolves,” director: Jesús Celaya


Best Documentary Short

“Powers,” director: Paige Morrow Kimball


Best Foreign Language Short Film

“Toro De Oro” (“The Golden Bull”), director: Pedro Pérez Nuñez


Best Short Short

“The Vortex,”director: Karolyne Sosa


Best First-Time Actors 

Yolanda Nolasco, “Ro & The Stardust”

Justin DeLaCruz, “Invade”


Best Sci Fi Short

“Ro & The Stardust,” director: Eunice Levis




Best TV Pilot

“Faculty Lounging,” director Richard Andrew Janes


Best Actor

Natalie Birriel, “Flow!”


Best Director

Elaine Del Valle, Brownsville Bred


Best Screenwriter

Kate Duffy, “Faculty Lounging”


Best Ensemble CasT

“How to Hack Birth Control”: Holden Aisha Renee, Powell Austin, Royce Danny, Jacobson Jackie, Harris Lauren Elizabeth, Rach Megan




Best Web Series

“(U)nclaimed,” director: Carolyn Ratteray


Best Actor

Devon O’Kane, “Handsome”


Best Director

Devon O’Kane, Handsome”


Best Screenplay

Carolyn Ratteray, “(U)nclaimed”


Best Ensemble Cast

“Retrograde”Parsons Anna, Neff Devin, Gillian Jasmine, Korotko Lidiya, Rose Heywood Millie, Spring Voss Pearl


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