John Chester‘s feature-length documentary The Biggest Little Farm has picked up the audience award for Best Feature at this year’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles.
The 91-minute film (pictured) – which received its world premiere at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and openedDOC NYC 2018 – chronicles the successes and failures of the director and his wife Molly’s efforts to live harmoniously with nature on a farm north of Los Angeles.
Produced by FarmLore Films, the doc chronicles the Chesters over an eight-year period of hard work and outsized idealism as they carve out their own utopia by planting 10,000 orchard trees, a variant of 200-plus crops, and raising myriad animals.
Meanwhile, the audience award for Best Short went to Lisa Taback, Garrett Schiff, Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi’s Period. End Of Sentence., which follows the installment of a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads in a rural Northern Indian village. The film also received an honorable mention for Best Documentary Short.
The 2018 AFI Fest ran from Nov. 8-15, and showcased 135 titles (84 features, four episodic, 47 shorts), representing 45 countries, including 29 documentaries.