TWO Wigton brothers have scooped the Grand Jury Prize at a Los Angeles film festival for their directorial debut, Between The Lights.

Michael Groom and David Groom impressed judges at the Dances With Films: LA festival.

The event traditionally showcases a range of highly acclaimed independent productions, including 232 films, 17 documentary features, 25 television and streaming pilots, and 152 short stories.

Dances with Films Award ceremony Dances with Films Award ceremony (Image: Supplied)

Publications such as Variety and MovieMaker have already reported the Groom brothers' Hollywood success story.

Michael Groom said: "We're thrilled to have won the Grand Jury best feature award at Dances With Films: LA, especially as we've been judged by our filmmaking peers. 

"Dances With Films celebrates truly independent films - which ours is in every sense of the word - and to be recognised by the festival is an honour, indeed. 

"Thanks to all those who helped make the film, and to the jury and the festival," he said. 

Michael and David, delighted to achieve a 'Dances With Films double', first premiered Between The Lights at a New York screening in December last year.

The film was a hit, sold out during its European premiere at the Keswick Film Festival in March, where parts of it were shot.

They are delighted to have bagged another unexpected award ahead of a wider cinematic release for BTL - a touching, ghostly love story that has been likened to Truly Madly Deeply and features Christmas themes - later in 2024. 

Shot from Between the Lights at Keswick's DerwentwaterShot from Between the Lights at Keswick's Derwentwater (Image: Supplied)

Ariana Farina, narrative features programmer for DWF: LA, said: "We had an incredible amount of strong films screening in 2024. 

"Our jurors spent hours deliberating and ultimately chose Between The Lights because it stood out for many reasons. 

"Its originality, its heart, and its mastery in the craft of filmmaking captivated us. 

"We wish Michael Groom and David Groom the best in their next steps in sharing this wonderful film with audience," she said.