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Robert Townsend, Ernest Hardy among L.A. Film Fest Jurors

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The jurors for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival were announced Thursday, with the list including "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" star Rachael Harris, film critic Ernest Hardy and "Hollywood Shuffle" director Robert Townsend.

The festival takes place June 14-24 in downtown Los Angeles. The narrative jury will consist of actress Harris and Townsend, who've both been nominated for Film Independent Spirit Awards, along with Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times film critic Sheri Linden.

The documentary jury will include "Frozen River" producer Heather Rae, "The Exploding Girl" producer Karin Chien and "Thunder Road" director Mark Landsman.

Film critic and author Hardy will sit on the shorts jury, along with "Your Friends and Neighbors" cinematographer Nancy Schreiber and "Contracorriente" writer/director Javier Fuentes Leon.

"I couldn't be happier with our juries this year," said David Ansen, the festival's artistic director. "We've assembled a sterling team that represents all aspects of the film business: producers, directors, cinematographers, actors, critics and, like the movies in the Festival, reflects the diversity of Los Angeles."

Cash awards will be given out during the festival, including the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature and Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, which will come with $15,000; the Best Animated or Experimental Short and Best Documentary Short awards will yield $5,000 each. The jury will also hand out an award for Best Outstanding Performance in a Narrative Feature.

Several awards will also be determined by audience ballot.

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