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Filmmaker awards

OW Staff | 2/20/2008, 5 p.m.

The 16th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) Monday announced the winners of its 2008 Filmmakers and Audience Favorite Awards. Jury Prizes were awarded in the following categories: Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Feature, and Best Director-First Feature. New for the 2008 PAFF is the addition of The Oscar Micheaux Award, named after the first African-American filmmaker. In addition to the Jury Prizes, Audience Favorite Awards were voted on in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short Narrative. The PAFF Vision Award was given to the film that the Festival chose that best exemplified its mission of reinforcing positive images and helping to destroy negative stereotypes.
The winners were selected by a jury made up of members of a wide range of industry professionals based on their body of work and respect from their peers which included: Jude Akudinobi, Neema Barnett, Chereryl Bedford, Ben Caldwell, Kai El Zabar, Jadolphus Fraser, Pamela Frazier, Carl Gilliard, Van Hayden, Norma Henry, Sherri James, Earl Richey Jones, Todd Jones, Carol Lawrence, Angela Northington, Michael Norville, Bobby O'Neil, Darryl Pryor, Kevin J. Suber, Tony Winters, Beverly Wood, Marceil Wright, and Dianah 'Roneyah' Wynter. Venus Bernardo served as the 2008 PAFF Jury Coordinator.
For the 2008 Pan African Film and Arts Festival, 162 films were selected including 25 world premieres and 10 U.S. premieres representing 31 countries with 9 first-time filmmakers, 49 feature-length films, 59 documentaries, and 54 international films. These films were selected from over 2,500 submissions.
The 2008 Pan African Film and Arts Filmmakers Awards Winners are:
PAFF Vision Award
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (Namibia/US/Director: Charles Burnett).

Honorable Mention
Brothers in Arms (South Africa/Doc/73min/Director: Jack Lewis).
Victims of Our Riches (Victimes de Nos Richesses) (Mali/France/Doc-short/58min/Director: Kal Touré) .
Best Documentary Competition
Return to Goree (Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg/Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud).
Honorable Mention
This is the Life. (US/Director: Ava DuVernay).
Best Short Documentary Competition
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. (US/Director: Byron Hurt).

Honorable Mention

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man. (France/Director: Robin Shuffield)
Best Narrative Short Competition
Pariah. (US/Director: Dee Rees).
Honorable Mention
We Are All Rwandans. (Rwanda/UK/Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson) .
Best Feature Competition
Poor Boy's Game. (Canada/Director: Clément Virgo).
Honorable Mention
EZRA (Nigeria/France/Austria/Director: Newton I. Aduaka).
Best Director - First Feature Competition
South of Pico. (US/Director: Ernst Gossner).
Honorable Mention
The Disciple. (US/UK/Director: Rodney Charles).
The Oscar Micheaux Award Competition
Something is Killing Tate. (US/Director: Leon Lozano).
Honorable Mention
Kings of the Evening. (US/Director: Andrew P. Jones).
The Winners of the 2008 Pan African Film and Arts Audience Favorite Awards are:

Audience Favorite: Feature
Something is Killing Tate. (US/Director: Leon Lozano).
Runner Up
Cordially Invited. (US/Narr/123min/Director: Michael Fouther).
Audience Favorite - Documentary
This is the Life. (US/Director: Ava DuVernay).

Runner Up
Malcolm's Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X. (UK/Doc/84min/Director: Dami Akinnusi).
Audience Favorite: Short Documentary
Iron Ladies of Liberia. (US/Doc/78min/Director: Daniel Junge).
Runner Up
American Landing: Jimi Hendrix Live a Monterey. (US/Doc/63min/Director: Bob Smeaton).
Audience Favorite: Short Narrative
The Don of Virgil Jr. High. (US/Narr-short/20min/Director: Deon H. Hayman).

Runner Up
Ezekiel. (US/Narr-short/13min/Director: Keith Sam Jr.).