LAMA Spring 2024 Winners & Selections

Best Narrative Short

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary Short

“ Wildlife On The Edge  “

Dir. by Peter von Puttkamer

1st Place Winners

“ [Mado]  “

Dir. by Mao

“ Foolproof  “

Dir. by Sean Swaby

Starring Masahiko Nishimura, "MADO(Window)" is an extremely closed, socially conscious drama based on a true story of the actual court case known as “Yokohama Secondhand Smoke Trial" in Japan, This is the first feature film directed by a successful commercial director, Mao. Being a son of the plaintiff, he had a great passion for tackling this sensitive issue caused by chemical sensitivities.

Two brothers will stop at nothing to guarantee their father's freedom, including robbing a bank in order to clear his debt.

Audience Award

“ ??? ”

directed by ???

Produced for non-profit ECOFLIX, narrated by Actor Beau Bridges, Wildlife on the Edge s not a conventional wildlife film. It tells the unique story of a young hispanic/latino amateur cameraman who has taken it upon himself to show the public, via trail cams- the amazing cougars, bobcats, bears and other wildlife that live only minutes from a huge urban ctr- that is Los Angeles. Robert and the film want to call attention to the many hazards that wildlife must face living so close to one of the world's major cities. Fortuitously, in a rare lightning in a bottle scenario- the city of LA (thanks to a far thinking Governor) has approved the building of the first wildlife highway crossing- (Wallis Annenberg Crossing) the biggest in the world to help save animals around the city.

Best Documentary Feature

Best Animation

Best International Film

“ Warpigs  “

Dir. by Giacomo Pellegrini

“ Big Head  “

Dir. by VIncent Scalera

“ Beneath the Surface  “

Dir. by Zhang Xiquan

This is the worst Christmas story! How three friends who were so dumb, we changed the story of Christmas forever...

This is a biography of a girl from an ordinary family. The documentary tells the story of Sui Wenjing, pair skating athlete who has changed her fortune through sport, a path full of hardships and injuries. Divided into multiple chapters, the conversations and records of live experiences constitute an inspiring tale. In the 10 years documenting her life, the director captured the moment when she got the gold medal of pair skating in 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the ninth gold medal of the Chinese team. This gold medal is also the highlight of her career, and the hard-earned reward for all her efforts and sacrifices in these years.

War is the worst time to realize that you could never love who you wanted to, because from that moment you are just beasts to the slaughter and life has no more time.

Best Experimental

Best Student Film

“ Body  “

Dir. by Zhuoqian Yu

“ Dinner Is Served  “

Dir. by Aleksandr Boikov

A girl with chronic body image anxiety develops an eating disorder. Anxiety about her body image caused her to miss her graduation ceremony. At a potluck dinner with her best friend, her secret is discovered by her friend.

"DINNER IS SERVED" is a satirical short film blending horror, thriller, action, and dark comedy to humorously explore how men are susceptible to female manipulation. It challenges stereotypes and social norms, including an often-exaggerated ethos of veganism.

A random encounter with a lost beauty leads a dashing Driver to a party where he meets a duo of alluring friends. Little does he know that their seductive game holds a shocking twist, as their night together takes a life-altering turn.

Best Music Video

Best Script

“ Poor Players “

by Ronald Kaehler

“ Come Away With Me  “

Dir. by John Bermingham

You’re a struggling actor. You see an ad seeking talent “for future consideration.” You submit your résumé. You hear nothing. You forget about it. But then, sometime later, you get a call summoning you to an out-of-the-way theater, at a rather inconvenient time, for a rather peculiar audition — one in which there’s more at stake than just getting the part. A darkly comic supernatural horror story of magic and mystery, illusion and delusion, and a drop or two of Grand Guignol.

This is a music video and the song is called Come Away With Me. It is a song about love and connection with others. The message is a reminder that we all deserve a safe haven where we can express ourselves freely, pursue our dreams and happiness.

Best Director

“ [Mado] “

Dir. by Mao

Best Actor

Masahiko Nishimura

“ [Mado] ”

Best Actress

Mayra Batalla

“ Above the Desert with No Name ”

Best Cinematography

“Warpigs “

Dir. by Giacomo Pellegrini

Best Costume Design

“Warpigs “

Dir. by Giacomo Pellegrini

Best Editing

Boise Esquerra

“ Foolproof ”

Best Original Score

“ [Mado] “

Dir. by Mao

Best Production Design

“Warpigs “

Dir. by Giacomo Pellegrini

Official Selections, Category “Best” and Honorable Mention Winners

“ A Plus “

Dir. by Gong Cheng

“ Above the Desert with No Name “

Dir. by Sonia Sebastián

“ AVA “

Dir. by P M Nelson

“ Like Father Like Daughter “

Dir. by Da'Ante Bowman

“ Rapture “

Dir. by Patrecia Moore

“ The Painter “

Dir. by Jahanshah Vafaeisefat

“ Why “

Dir. by Matt Winters


“ Bagel Dog “

by Tracy L Swanson

“ Equinox “

by Mira Atwah

“ The Arrangement “

by Don L. Lorincz

“ The Coming Storm “

by Stephan Basil Morrow

“ The Far Reach Of Yesterday “

by Christine Echeverria Bender


Category Winners

Honorable Mention


Dir. by Mariana Conde & Mariana Conde

“Caught Inside”

Dir. by Dwight Thompson

“Chuck Ransom”

Dir. by Arian Harandi

“Daddy Come Home”

Dir. by Mendel Katz & Yisrael Dubov


Dir. by Thanos Kermitsis

“Jaysin Voxx 'Hands on Me'”

Dir. by Carlos Hurtado


Dir. by Nancy C. Mejia

“The Courier”

Dir. by J.Mackye Gruber

“The Equation of Life”

Dir. by Gerry Orz

“The Stop”

Dir. by Marc Ruiz

“Two and a Quarter Minutes”

Dir. by Joshua Ovalle

Official Selections