The Bentonville Film Festival, presented in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, announced the jury prize winners for their sixth annual festival, which concluded today. BFF is a one-of-a-kind event, uniquely dedicated to championing underrepresented voices in film, entertainment and media and this year was their most diverse festival to-date with over 70 films where over 80% were directed by women, 65% BIPOC and 45% LGBTQA+.

I​sabel Sandoval’s​ “Lingua Franca” took home the top prize winning the jury award for Best Narrative Feature. ​Alice Gu’s​ The Donut King was awarded Best Documentary, Broken Bird was selected for Best Short Film Narrative and Ava & Bianca won for Short Film Documentary. Lady Liberty and Immigrant Voices of America took the honors in Episodic.

Co-founded by Academy Award®-winning actor Geena Davis, this year’s festival was a new hybrid model that paired digital screenings, panels and events alongside select on-the-ground premieres and conversations.

The full list of awards and honorees are below:

Jury Award Winners:

Narrative Film Award:​ LINGUA FRANCA,​ Director:​ ​Isabel Sandoval
Documentary Film Award:​ THE DONUT KING​, Director: ​Alice Gu
Short Film Narrative Award: B​ROKEN BIRD​, Director: ​Rachel Harrison Gordon
Short Film Documentary Award​: AVA & BIANCA​, Director: ​Rachel Fleit
Episodic Narrative Award:​ LADY LIBERTY​, Director: ​Taylor Lee Nagel
Episodic Documentary Award: ​IMMIGRANT VOICES OF AMERICA, ​Director: ​Miguel Angel Duran

Special Recognition Awards:

Best First Feature, Narrative: ​FAREWELL​, Director: ​Chris Chalk
Best Performance, Narrative: ​TAKE OUT GIRL​, Director: Hissoni Johnson, Actor: Hedy Wong
Best Editing, Documentary: ​MY DARLING, VIVIAN​, Director: Matt Riddlehoover