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The Pan African Film Festival Announces Filmmakers Awards

LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce the winners of its films in competition today. The festival handed out jury, audience and special prizes during an awards brunch on Presidents' Day at the “pop up” PAFF Filmmakers Lounge, located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. 

PAFF, America's largest and most prestigious international Black film festival is took place February 7-18, 2013 at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  The festival selected a total of 154 films, representing 34 countries -- that is, 23 documentaries, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts. PAFF handed out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival.

For a full list of nominees, visit the SOCIAL PRESS RELEASE:
http://new.pitchengine.com/pitches/8367786b-c4a5-4791-bc84-75c2713cffbe

For more information about the official selections of the Pan African Film Festival, visit the festival’s website at: http://www.paff.org/filmfest/films/

 

Although no one film swept the awards, films from the United States and the Caribbean proved to be the favorites at the festival this year. In fact, Haiti’s “Stones in the Sun,” directed by Patricia Benoit walked away with the top prize of Best Feature Narrative. Canadian director Sudz Sutherland of “Home Again,” walked away with the Festival Choice Prize, given by the Pan African Film Festival and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA). In Sutherland’s acceptance speech, he thanked PAFF and BAFTA for the one-year subscription prize of Vimeo PRO, because he was “just online, thinking about getting it, but it’s very expensive.” 

And without further ado, the winners are: 

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE

“Stones in the Sun” (Haiti/US), directed by Patricia Benoit

Special Jury Recognition | Feature Narrative

“Things Never Said” (US), directed by Charles Murray


BEST DIRECTOR | FIRST FEATURE

David 'Tosh' Gitonga,director ofNairobi Half Life” (Germany/Kenya) 

Special Jury Recognition | Director, First Feature

Ya'Ke,director of “Wolf” (US)

 
BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” (US/France), directed by Shola Lynch 

Special Jury Recognition | Documentary

“Mugabe: Villain or Hero?” (UK), directed by Roy Agyemang

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

“Our Rhineland”(US), directed by Faren Humes 

Special Jury Recognition | Short Narrative:

“The Collegians” (US), directed by Bryan B.A. Lewis

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964” (US), directed by Alvelyn Sanders 

Special Jury Recognition | Short Documentary:

“Africa: The Beat” (Tanzania/Spain), directed by the Samaki Wanne Collective 

FESTIVAL PROGRAMMERS’ AWARD

“Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn” (US), directed by Ramin Niami
 
FESTIVAL FOUNDERS’ AWARD
“Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp”(US), directed by Jorge Hinojosa
 

CAPRI CAPITAL PARTNERS AWARD

“Songs of Redemption (Jamaica), directed by Amanda Sans and Miquel Galofré
 
AUDIENCE AWARD | DOCUMENTARY
“Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity”(US), directed by Dorothy Darr and Jeffery Morse
 
AUDIENCE AWARD | SHORT DOCUMENTARY

“Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964” (US), directed by Alvelyn Sanders 

AUDIENCE AWARD | NARRATIVE FEATURE
“Against the Grain”(US), directed by Elias Mael
 
AUDIENCE AWARD | SHORT NARRATIVE

“Island Song” (US/Virgin Islands), directed by David Massey

 

PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL-BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS/LA (BAFTA/LA) FESTIVAL CHOICE AWARD

“Home Again” (Canada), directed by Sudz Sutherland

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's Celebration of African American Heritage Month. PAFF is sponsored by  Union Bank; Macy's; Wells Fargo Bank; General Motors; Sony Pictures, CareMore; Water Replenishment District of Southern California; South African Airways; the National Film and Video Foundation; One Village; Addco Party Rentals; TestFlick; O.N.E. Coconut Water; Dama Tequila and Mascarade Liqueur; the Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; as well as Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Second District) and Los Angeles City Council members Bernard C. Parks (District 8), Jan Perry (District 9), and council president Herb J. Wesson Jr. (District 10).

 
ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. 

PAFF was founded in 1992  by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona  in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an  international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.  PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression. 

The goal of  PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. 

For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.



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