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Amara’s Smile goes to LA

Honorable Mention – Best Narrative Film
Los Angeles Film Awards 2022


Amara’s Smile (short, romance) has just been awarded Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards.

It was great just to get into LAFA this year but coming in second place is such a great feeling. I am grateful to the LAFA adjudicators for this honour. For those that don’t know about LAFA, they run one of the top film competitions around with over 800 perfect reviews on Film Freeway.  That is no easy feat considering the number of film festivals around these days. 

Of course much of the credit for this result goes to the AMAZING cast and crew! 


Here are the full credits: 

DC Brandon

Lee Lopez as Kevin
Henna Sahota as Amara

Aaron Coburn as Josh
Safia Comtois-Mohamad as Trudy
Gary Layton as Paul

Mary Mansour as teen in park
Todd Bowles as guy on bike

Director/DP: DC Brandon
AD: Rohit Kataria
Sound recordist: James Hastings
Boom op: Eddie MacIntosh

Editor/Colorist/Sound Mix: DC Brandon Films
Animation: Zahra Ayatollah



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After being stood up for a date, a woman runs into an old college classmate who gives her an unforgettable night under the stars.


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Director’s Statement

We all die but true love never does.

Setting this story against the backdrop of an ancient Chinese poem allowed me to position the love story in a more eternal way, one that extends beyond our horizon into the stars above.

In this small, low-budget indie drama, perhaps one can find some hope for love in troubled times.

DC Brandon


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