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“The Best of ABFF” Gives Props

Sunday, the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival wrapped its lengthy four-day celebration of black film with "The Best of the ABFF" Awards presentation.

Sunday, the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival wrapped its lengthy four-day celebration of black film with "The Best of the ABFF" Awards presentation. The competition was stiff, but with entries all worthy of praise, each win marked the esteemed level of greatness that ABFF prides itself in finding. Although films like Cru stood out from the competition and walked away with five ABFF awards, everyone who graced the stage shined in ways that hinted to a fabulous array of stories and faces of color set to diversify and invade Hollywood.

Below is a full list of “The Best of ABFF” Winners. 

HBO SHORT FILM AWARD

Muted


Written by Brandi Ford, Directed by Rachel Goldberg


GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY, presented by CNN Films

25 To Life

Directed by Mike L. Brown


STAR PROJECT WINNERS, presented by NBCUniversal

Female: Kimberley D. Mitchell              


Male: Stefan Dezil

UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition

Island in the Sun

Written by Christopher Brandt

Webisode Challenge Award Winner



Close Friends


Created by Ricky W. Jean-Francois and Mckinson Souverain

ABFF Audience Award, presented by Nielsen (Tie)

Cru

Produced by Danny Green, Courtney Triggs and Matthew Hatchette


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Una Vida

Produced by Richie Adams, Brent Caballero, Nicolas Bazan and Nancy Green-Keyes

Grand Jury Award for Best Actress, presented by Gentle Treatment


Aunjanue Ellis – Una Vida


Grand Jury Award for Best Actor, presented by UPTOWN magazine

Keith Robinson – Cru

Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay, presented by the Time Warner Foundation

Cru

Written by Alton Glass & Oliver W. Ottley III



Grand Jury Award for Best Director, presented by Cadillac

Cru 


Directed by Alton Glass

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, presented by BET Networks

Cru



Produced by Danny Green, Courtney Triggs, Matthew Hatchette