width= ““ The Pan African announced its filmmakers today during a brunch ceremony    at  Locals Sports Bar & Grill in Los Angeles .  PAFF,  America ‘s largest and most prestigious international Black film took  place from February 16 to 23, 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre.    The 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 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, , 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 João Daniel Tikhomiroff

Honorable Mention:

  • The Athlete (Atletu) ( Ethiopia ), directed by Davey Frankel & Rasselas Lakew

Best Documentary Feature

  • Thunder Soul ( ), directed by Mark Landsman

Honorable Mention:

  • War Don Don ( USA ), directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen

Best Short Film (Narrative Short)

  • The Abyss Boys ( South ), directed by Jan-Hendrik Beetge

Honorable Mention:

  • Hear Me ( USA ), directed by Kenn Michael

First Feature Film by a Director (Narrative Feature)

  • I Will Follow ( USA ), directed by Ava DuVernay

Honorable Mention:

  • 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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