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Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/09/2021 --Content from China, Russia, South Africa, Colombia, UK, Germany, Qatar, Canada, USA, France and the Arctic all won awards at the 12th Annual New Media Film Festival Los Angeles.

Disappearing Stories – Mobile
US Premiere
Director – Oleg Ageychev, Alexander Gornovsky – Russia

Every 24 hours millions of people upload video about their day to Instagram. We are used to perceiving life as a set of interchanging stories. And we all want attention to our Stories. But among us there are people with real stories, for whom our attention is vital. These are war veterans and witnesses, old people in nursing homes. They don't have virtual Stories, although they do have real stories to tell. They cannot draw attention to themselves in social networks, although it is attention that can improve and prolong their lives.

Best NFT
The New Media Film Festival® is the first event of its kind in the world to accept non-fungible tokens (NFT) in competition. NFT's announced & bought during Awards
"This year's programming incorporates some of the most innovative and technologically creative work we have ever presented," according to Founder and Director, Susan Johnston. "Especially our NFT competition, which supports artists who are truly trailblazing a new genre. This is an event we expect to see grow in years to come."

Best Animation
Boy Scientist
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Susan Lim, Samudra Kajal Saikia – USA
A brilliant boy scientist meets the girl scientist of his dreams, poised and beautiful, surrounded by flasks and beakers. The best he can do is bottle her image in his flask, so he may serenade and waltz with her in his Quantum Physics Lab.

Best Art
World Premiere
Director – George Maple – Australia
Luna and Sol; Two star crossed Lovers, born into a genetically engineered society, destined to change the course of history with their love.

Best Artificial Intelligence
AI La | Artificial Intelligence La
Director – Carlo Christian Spano - China
An experienced Silicon Valley engineer who has dedicated his life to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for over a decade felt confused and concerned about his future after realizing the rapid evolution of AI. Therefore, in order to find his potential in nature, he joined an international trekking expedition through the mysterious Caucasus region. Being inspired and protected by Natural Intelligence, he started a new AI journey exploring China, the UK, and the USA

Best Digital Comic
Lead City
World Premiere
Writer Eric Borden – USA
Before Deadwood. Before Tombstone. Before Durango.

Best Documentary
World Premiere
Director – Rich Underwood – USA
Facing kidney failure at the age of 20, Cheyenne's options for a donor are dwindling until an unexpected turn of events presents love and a lifesaving gift. A set of skilled caregivers operate on Cheyenne and her living donor to give her a second chance at a life that had only begun to blossom.

Best Drone
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Timothy Hay, Simon Mulholland – South Africa
"Perhaps it requires such depth of oppression to create such heights of character. My country is rich in the minerals and gems that lie beneath its soil, but I have always known that its greatest wealth is its people, finer and truer than the purest diamonds." – Nelson Mandela

Best Feature
Adam's Apples
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – John Strasberg – USA
A New Vision of a Classic Work
John Strasberg – actor, director, author, teacher – has created an unconventional reimagining of one of Chekhov's greatest romantic comedies, "The Cherry Orchard."

Best Mixed Reality
The Safe Shipment of Small Cargo
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Tizzy Canucci – UK
The viewer is introduced to a new innovation: 'a steel container called a cargo van'. The connecting link is the shipping container, through three locations with different arrangements of reality, actuality and virtuality.

Best Mobile/Tablet
Colombia 2020
Director Nicky Woodhouse – Colombia
Surreal, sound led documentary shot on iPhone following a family backpacking around Colombia.

Best Music Only
World Premiere
Artist – emaé – UK
emaé would see her family move from Scotland to England, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana before settling in London. A feel-good blend of soul-pop, emaé is a fusion of all the cultures that embraced her and the places she's called home.

Best Music Video
After the Lockdown
Director – Joy Shannon – USA
Title song for After the LockDown: Black In LA

Best New Media
Colourful and creative Leipzig in 3D Audio – New Media
World Premiere
Director – Martin Rieger – Germany
Experience Leipzig museums and art spaces as an immersive tourist. A completely new version of the sounds of Leipzig in 3D audio.

Best Pilot
Loved Ones
World Premiere
Director Sam Coyle – USA
The inside of the hard side of funeral workers.

Best Podcast
Coffee with Karina Ep Don Mclean
World Premiere
Director – Karina Michel – USA
Inspirational chats within the entertainment industry.

Best Script
Peach Blossom
Top 3 Scripts
The Gorilla Group, Ms Pearl's Private School for Posh Pigs, Blackout

Best Short
The Corona Mechanism
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Al Jazeera Media Network – Qatar
This report is one of the rare scientific explainers broadcasted in Arabic on how Covid-19 works to replicate itself in our bodies. It explains the importance and danger of the virus' spike protein. The report illustrates the lock and key mechanism it uses to "fool" our cell receptors.

Best Snipler - 30 Second Pitch
Around the world in 80 plates w/ Leslie Durso
World Premiere
Director – – USA
Host Leslie Durso recreates top-9 allergy free dishes she puts on menus in resorts in the world's hottest destinations.

Los Angeles Premiere
Director Les Guthman – USA
The LIGO project made the first historic detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. "Top 20 Discoveries of the Decade" – National Geographic & which earned Kip Thorne, Rai Weiss & Barry Barish the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics. This documentary is made in collaboration with Caltech, M.I.T. & the LIGO Laboratory, funded by the National Science Foundation, MathWorks & Caltech.

Best Student
A Beautiful Brain in a Beautiful World
Director – Grade 9 Student Martin Thaw – Canada
How Stem Cell-Derived Cerebral Organoids Revolutionize Treatments for Brain Diseases. The recent advancements will provide scientists with amazing insights into how the human brain develops and the possibility of discovering effective treatments for neurological diseases

Best Socially Responsible
Before I Knew
Los Angeles Premiere
Director Hans Augustave – USA
A powerful visual poem depicting both the subtle and harsh ways Black men come to the realization that they are seen as less than Human.

Best Trailer
Riders of the Purple Sage, the Making of a Western Opera
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Emmy Award Winner Kristin Atwell Ford – USA
LogOpera's hallowed traditions and America's cowboy culture converge to celebrate the collaborative power of art.

Best TV
Detention Adventure
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Joe Kicak – Canada
Three nerdy friends and the school bully must get themselves thrown into detention to find the entrance to a labyrinth of trap-laden tunnels protecting the fabled hidden lab of Alexander Graham Bell.

Best VR-360
Los Angeles Premiere
Director – Brian Andrews – USA
Hominidae depicts an ecosystem of x-ray visibility. Creatures have evolved in surprising ways, where humans, birds, spiders and frogs share unique anatomies.

Best Web Series
The Fash Life Series
World Premiere
Director – Rebecca Hu – USA
Fashion, beauty and the Influencer life, starring your favorite real-life Influencers. #unfiltered and #irl

Best Web Series Promo
The Gliwensbourg Chronicles
Wold Premiere
Director – Emilie Tommasi – France
Gliwensbourg, winter 1915, a French trench is pounded, all the soldiers are buried making only one survivor. Underground, the soldier who survived managed to get out of an air pocket and crawl into a hole leading to a mysterious tunnel that leads to … 1925!

Audience Award
Into The Polar Night – Feature
US Premiere
Director – Amy Richman – Arctic
Hop on an icebreaker and join an international team of scientists as they venture out on a year-long scientific expedition to study the Arctic climate system.

About New Media Film Festival®
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New Media Film Festival® an innovative and award-winning festival created in 2009, celebrates global stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media. Through our boundary-pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival® is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.