LOS ANGELES ““ The Pan African Film Festival announced its filmmakers awards today during a brunch ceremony at Locals Sports Bar & Grill in Los Angeles . PAFF, America ‘s largest and most prestigious international Black film festival took place from February 16 to 23, 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre. The festival will end its run tonight with the closing film, “DWB: Dating While Black,” written, directed and produced by Van Elder.
The festival selected a total of 121 films, representing 31 countries, 75 feature length films (narrative and documentaries) and 46 short films. The festival 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.
Themed, “Experience Your World,” PAFF wanted to take its movie goers on a cinematic journey with screenings from around the world ““ that is, such countries as Angola, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. PAFF hopes these films with global appeal will open the minds of its audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again “¦ without ever packing a suitcase.
And without further ado, here are the winners:
Best Picture (Narrative Feature)
- Besouro ( Brazil ), directed by JoÃ£o Daniel Tikhomiroff
- The Athlete (Atletu) ( Ethiopia ), directed by Davey Frankel & Rasselas Lakew
Best Documentary Feature
- Thunder Soul ( USA ), directed by Mark Landsman
- War Don Don ( USA ), directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen
Best Short Film (Narrative Short)
- The Abyss Boys ( South Africa ), directed by Jan-Hendrik Beetge
- Hear Me ( USA ), directed by Kenn Michael
First Feature Film by a Director (Narrative Feature)
- I Will Follow ( USA ), directed by Ava DuVernay
- Hopeville ( South Africa ), directed by John Trengove
Audience Award Narrative Feature
- The First Grader (Kenya/UK), directed by Justin Chadwick
Audience Award Documentary Feature Film (Documentary Feature)
- Gang Girl: A Mother’s Journey to Save her Daughter ( USA ), directed by Valerie Goodloe
Audience Award Short Film
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