The 20th Urbanworld Film Festival announced the winners and awards for the screenplay, documentary, feature, narrative short, narrative feature (U.S. and World) and audience categories and the three REVOLT Young Filmmaker finalists.
The 20th Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:
Best Feature Documentary
Daddy Don’t Go – Directed by Emily Abt
(Presented by HBO – $5,000 Prize)
Captured over two years, “Daddy Don’t Go” is a feature length documentary about four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.
Best Narrative Short
Balcony – Directed by Toby Fell-Holden
(Presented by Time Warner – $5,000 Prize)
In a neighborhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent immigrant who is the victim of prejudice and shame.
Best Narrative Feature (U.S. Cinema)
Destined – Directed by Qasim Basir
(Presented by Fox Audience Strategy – $5,000 Prize)
“Destined” explores the power of the individual, the idea of destiny, and unforeseen consequences of everyday choices. One Man, (Cory Hardrict) exists in alternate realities. “Sheed” has earned his stripes on the streets and runs a drug empire. “Rasheed,” a college graduate, works at an architectural firm. As they navigate their respective worlds, they face similar dilemmas: Will they build up their neighborhood, family, community, or destroy them?
Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema)
La Granja – Directed by Angel Manuel Soto
Honorable Mention: Dar Noir – Directed by Hamadi Mwapachu
A promising young boxer, a barren midwife and a fat kid with a bike: three intersecting stories about the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico.
Fried Catfish — Written by Inda Craig-Galván
(Presented by BET Networks – $5,000 Prize)
Lucky – Directed by Bari Kang
Lucky is an undocumented immigrant hustling to get by and saving for a green card marriage. Mechanic by day and car thief by night, he provides for his family. When his partner in petty crime disappears, Lucky naively befriends a local drug dealer, pulling him deeper into the NYC underworld. Lucky soon finds himself in over his head, forcing him to take extreme action.
Samaria – Directed by Kiel Adrian Scott
In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Rose, a young white-collar worker, works tirelessly to put back together the pieces of her broken life. Having lost everything in the storm, Rose, now homeless, must hide her indigence from those she works for and her employment from those she lives with, withholding who and what she is to survive.
Young Filmmaker Finalists
Presented by REVOLT – All expense paid trip to REVOLT Music Conference, October 13-16 in Miami where the winner will be announced.
AmeriKKKa – Directed by Sheila Wilson
Madaran – Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi
Loved Like This – Directed by Christopher Lewis Dawkins