The 2022 American Black Film Festival announced the Best of the ABFF Awards winners, with Our Father, the Devil winning the jury prize for Best Narrative Feature along with the John Singleton Award – Best First Feature for director, Ellie Foumbi; and A Woman on the Outside won the jury prize for Best Documentary Feature.
Directed by Ellie Foumbi, Our Father, the Devil tells the story of an African immigrant, Marie Cissé (Babetida Sadjo) who’s life is disrupted by the arrival of Father Patrick (Souléymane Sy Savané), an African priest whom she recognizes from a terrifying episode in her homeland.
A Woman on the Outside directed by Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville is a documentary about women in Philadelphia supporting incarcerated loved ones.
The 2022 American Black Film Festival Jury Award winners are:
Best Narrative Feature – “Our Father, the Devil”
Produced by Ellie Foumbi, Joseph Mastantuono; Directed by Ellie Foumbi
Best Director, Narrative Feature – Kali Baker-Johnson, “Feel Like Ghosts”
Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature – “Feel Like Ghosts”
John Singleton Award – Best First Feature – “Our Father, The Devil”
Directed by Ellie Foumbi
Best Documentary Feature – “A Woman on the Outside”
Produced by Kiara C. Jones, Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville; Directed by Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville
Best Web Series – “Mine”
Directed by Randall Dottin, Luisa Dantas
HBO Short Film Award – “Another Country”
Directed by Sherif Alabede
The Talent Pipeline Program winners are:
ALLBLK’s “Shoot Your Shot” Casting Call – Javon Terrell
Prize: Role in upcoming ALLBLK Original series “Judge Me Not”
Warner Bros. Discovery Writers Initiative, One-Hour Drama
Deion Higginbotham – “The Saints”
Warner Bros. Discovery Writers Initiative, Half-Hour Drama
Diara Newman – “Townhall”