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Silvia Lara Wins the Inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award 2020

Los Angeles, CA
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Frieze and Deutsche Bank are delighted to announce Silvia Lara as the winner of the inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award. Lara was presented with the award this evening at a special reception. Realized in partnership with the celebrated non-profit film academy Ghetto Film School (GFS), the newly established award supports emerging, Los Angeles-based filmmakers aged 20 – 34 years old. Frieze Los Angeles takes place 14 – 16 February at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood and brings together over 70 galleries from around the world. 

Lara was selected as the first recipient of the $10,000 prize by a jury of leading figures in contemporary art and entertainment including Doug Aitken, Shari Frilot, Jeremy Kagan, Sam Taylor Johnson and Hamza Walker. All 10 shortlisted fellows’ films will be screened daily at the Paramount Pictures Theatre throughout the duration of Frieze Los Angeles 2020. 

Entitled ‘Beauty Never Lost,’ Lara’s short film was created during an intensive three-month program at GFS. The two-and-a-half-minute picture encompasses a series of vignettes depicting a heightened reality that capture the essence of life in Whittier, California through the perspective of its residents. 

Silvia Lara said: ‘I began as a writer and photographer but even as a writer I always hoped to one day see my ideas on screen. It took some time but I eventually learned that there was such a thing as cinematography and that it would prove to be a harmonious union between my two passions: storytelling and creating images.’ 

Sharese Bullock-Bailey (Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, Ghetto Film School) said: ‘We are so proud of Silvia Lara and her stunningly authentic film ‘Beauty Never Lost’. Silvia has received the inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award after completing our bespoke Ghetto Film School Frieze LA training where she utilized her intrinsic skill of storytelling to create a film that reflects the city’s cultural essence and legacy of creative community with illuminating perspective.’

Claudio de Sanctis (Global Head of Deutsche Bank Wealth Management) said: ‘The Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award is an exciting step in our partnership with Frieze. Many congratulations to Silvia Lara for winning – the entries were all outstanding so it was an extremely tough choice. Supporting aspiring artists like these emerging film-makers is a great way for Deutsche Bank to have a positive impact in the communities where we operate.’ 

Deutsche Bank is the global lead partner for Frieze Los Angeles continuing a shared commitment to supporting artistic excellence. 

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