The 2013 Pan African Film Festival Announces Filmmakers Awards

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February 19, 2013 4:22 PM
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Congrats to all the winners who follow below via press release from the festival...

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 ShortBest Narrative ShortBest Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival.

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 Award, 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 Plus, 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 of “Nairobi 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 andMascarade 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).

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