Febrauary 16, 2023
Irene Gil-Ramon named as the winner of the 2023 Frieze Los Angeles Film Award; Shandrea Evans wins the initiative’s Audience Award
Today, Frieze and Deutsche Bank named Irene Gil-Ramon as the winner of the fourth Frieze Los Angeles Film Award. Shandrea Evans was named the winner of the Audience Award, as voted for by the public. Gil-Ramon and Evans were presented with their awards during a special ceremony at Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Realized in collaboration with global film and TV studio FIFTH SEASON and the acclaimed non-profit academy Ghetto Film School (GFS), the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award provides a platform and development program for early career Los Angeles based filmmakers.
Head of Deutsche Bank International Private Bank and CEO of EMEA, Claudio de Sanctis said: ‘I have been thoroughly impressed by the quality of films produced by such a talented group of emerging artists. This year’s theme could not have been more relevant and important in our world today and my sincere congratulations go to our two winners. I am delighted that for the first time both the jury and audience awards have been won by women, showcasing the depth of diverse talent that exists here in Los Angeles.’
Gil-Ramon was selected as the winner of the $10,000 prize by a panel composed of leading figures in contemporary art and entertainment including Jay Ellis (Actor, Director and Producer), Cristina Garza (SVP, Development and Production, FIFTH SEASON), Matt Jackson (Producer) Christine Messineo, (Director of Americas, Frieze), Montea Robinson (CEO, Ghetto Film School), Legacy Russell (Executive Director & Chief Curator of The Kitchen), and Claudio de Sanctis (CEO of EMEA and Head of the International Private Bank, Deutsche Bank). Originally from Spain, Gil-Ramon also stars in her film Best Day of My Life (in LA), which takes the main character through a seemingly never-ending errand throughout the city.
Shandrea Evans is the winner of this year’s $2,500 Audience Award, as voted for by members of the public. Her film Saturday centers on a young woman who’s homesick in her new city of Los Angeles. A reluctant visit with her great aunt turns into an exploration of friendship, community, and shared histories.
Watch the winning films at Frieze.com
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Deutsche Bank is the Global Lead Partner for Frieze Art Fairs, with 2023 marking the 20th year of the partnership. As part of its Art & Culture commitment, Deutsche Bank has supported and collected the work of cutting-edge, international artists for more than 40 years. A global leader in corporate art programs, the bank also runs an Artist of the Year program, as well as its own cultural center in Berlin, the PalaisPopulaire. All initiatives are based on the strong belief that engagement with art has a positive impact, not only on clients and staff but also on the communities in which the bank operates. Thus further collaborations such as the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award in the United States, The Art of Conversation in Italy, the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship in the United Kingdom, and the digital platform Art:LIVE, create access to contemporary art for people all around the world. Discover more here.
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