YESfest prize-winning films named

The local YESfest film festival has announced the Jury Prize winners for the 2016 festival to be held Friday through Sunday at YES Cinema, Fourth and Jackson streets in downtown Columbus.

Winners in each category are:

Best Narrative: “And Punching the Clown,” about a man (musical comic Henry Phillips) who is lured to Los Angeles by a renowned TV producer to make a show about the life of a struggling performer.

Best Documentary: “The Guys Next Door,”about a gay married couple who enlist their good friend to be the surrogate mother for their babies.

Best Short: “Phil’s Camino,” about a man who is diagnosed with cancer after hoping to hike the Camino de Santiago, the 500-mile ancient pilgrimage route across Spain. So the man recreates the Camino path in his own backyard.

Prizes were awarded by a 10-person jury comprised of filmmakers, media representatives, actors and directors from film festivals across the United States.

Showtimes for the Jury Prize winners and all the 21 films are available at yesfilmfestival.com.

The Audience Award will be determined based upon audience member voting during the festival.

Tickets are $7 for each film session (shorts are presented in groups) or $35 for an all-access path.

All proceeds at YES Cinema benefit the nonprofit Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. Information: 812-378-0377 or yescinema.org.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.