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PAFF Filmmakers Award Winners

*Los Angeles – The Pan African Film and Arts Festival Filmmakers Awards Brunch prizes were handed out for Best Documentary Feature,Best Documentary Short,Best Narrative Short,Best Narrative Feature,Best First Feature Film,as well as Audience Favorite Award,on Monday,February 20th,2012.The Filmmakers Awards Brunch was hosted by Ayuko Babu,PAFF Executive Director,Wyllisa Bennett,PAFF Publicist and Venus Bernardo,PAFF Juror Co-ordinator.

The Brunch was held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza,The Bridge.This is an amazing cozy spot for events located on the 2nd Level of the Mall,near the entrance of Macy’s.I’m looking forward to attending future events at The Bridge.

The Filmmakers Awards Brunch was catered by The Serving Spoon,An Urban Eatery.Their motto is “Love at First Bite.” A down home Southern breakfast was served that featured homemade biscuits,eggs,grits,bacon or sausage,cold cereal,fresh juices,strawberries,coffee,tea and dessert.You can visit www.TheServingSpoon.net,followw them on Twitter and Facebook to find out their menu,address and hours to plan your next visit for a nice,scrumptious meal.

The 20th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival(PAFF),featured a total of 160 films,representing over 30 countries,91 featured length films(narrative and documentaties)and 67 short films.

2012 PAN AFRICAN FILMMAKER AWARD WINNERS:

*Best Feature Narrative

Toussaint Louverture(France),directed by Philippe Niang

*Special Jury Recognition-Feature Narrative

Inside Story(South Africa),directed by Rolie Nikiwe

*Best Director First Feature

Better Mus’ Come(Jamaica),directed by Storm Saulter

*Special Jury Recognition-Feature Narrative

Elza(Guadeloupe),directed by Marriette Monpierre

*Best Documentary

An African Election(Ghana),directed by Jarreth Merz

*Special Jury Recognition-Documentary

Mama Africa(South Africa/Germany/Finland),directed by Mika Kaurasmaki

*Best Short Film

Of Mary(US),directed by Adrian Lester

*Special Jury Recognition-Short Film

Dear Me(US),directed by Ka’ramuu Kush

*Festival Programmers’ Award-Narrative

Elza(Guadeloupe/France),directed by Marriette Monpierre

*Festival Programmers’ Award-Documentary

Slavery by Another Name(US),directed by Sam Pollard

*Festival Founders’ Award-Narrative Feature

A Small Town Called Descent(South Africa),directed by Jahmil Qubeka

*Festival Founders’ Award-Documentary

The Education of Auma Obama(Nigeria/Germany),directed by Branwen Okpako

*CAPRI CAPITAL PARTNERS Award for Best Actor

Jimmy Jean-Louis,Toussaint Louverture(France)

*Audience Award-Narrative Feature

Toussaint Louverture(France),directed by Philippe Niang

*Audience Award-Documentary

Dark Girls(US),directed by Bill Duke and D.Channsin Berry

*Audience Favorite-Short Film

The Truth(US),directed by Hill Harper

*Pan African Film Festival(PAFF)British Academy of Film & Television Arts/LA(BAFTA/LA)Festival Choice Award

Elza(Guadeloupe/France),directed by Marriette Monpierre

toussaint louverture

'Toussaint L'Overture' starring Jimmy Jean-Luis was the over-all big winner at the 2012 PAFF

The Pan African Film and Arts Festival(PAFF),America’s largest and most prestigious Black Film and arts festival screened 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,Europe and Canada for the 20th Year Celebration.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,Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois 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 the 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 people 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.

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 Macy’s,Wells Fargo Bank,Aids Healthcare Foundation,City of Los Angeles,Los Angeles County Arts Commission,as well as Los Angeles Councilmembers Bernard C.Parks(District 8),Jan Perry(District 9),and Herb J.Wesson Jr.(District 10),Sony Pictures Entertainment,The Brotherhood Crusade,The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs,The African Channel,South African Airways,The Directors Guide of America and The Water Replenishment District of Southern California.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer,music reviewer and photographer.Contact him via: [email protected]