Another year, another annual Urbanworld Film Festival comes to an end after an 80-film lineup of screenings, with an awards presentation, which took place yesterday, Sunday, celebrating the best of the fest, during an awards brunch that was hosted by actor Gbenga Akinnagbe and lifestyle expert Tai Beauchamp at Tribeca Grill Loft in New York’s Tribeca area.
The 19th Urbanworld, presented by BET Networks with founding sponsor HBO, has announced its award winners in the screenplay,
documentary, feature, narrative short, narrative feature (U.S. and World) and audience categories.
"This year’s slate of winners continues to exemplify the increasing diversity of storytellers with fresh voices and
cultural relevance," said Gabrielle Glore, Festival Director, Urbanworld Film Festival. "As we celebrate
our winners, honorable mention selections and overall slate of filmmakers, it’s gratifying to know that we have
contributed to their journey."
The 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:
– Best Screenplay – "Y Los Hipsters Que," written by Johanna Baez. $5,000 Prize presented by BET Networks.
The Jury: Melissa Breaux, Talent Manager, Washington Square Films; Zola Mashariki, EVP & Head of Original Programming, BET Networks; Jeremy Pikser, VP, Writers Guild of America East / Award-Winning Writer
– Best Feature Documentary – "We Like It Like That – The Story of Latin Boogaloo," directed by Matthew Ramirez Warren. $5,000 Prize presented by HBO.
Honorable Mention went to "Looking at the Stars," directed by Alexandre Peralta
The Jury: Nicolas Entel, Director/Producer; Jacqueline Glover, SVP, HBO Documentary Films, HBO; Laurens Grant, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker; Geraldine Moriba, Award-Winning Executive Producer
– Best Narrative Short – "Standing8," directed by Michael Molina Minard. $5,000 prize presented by Time Warner.
Honorable Mention went to "Stanhope," directed by Solvan Naim.
The Jury: Kelly Edwards, VP, Talent Development, HBO; Maurice Marable, Filmmaker; Tamir Muhammad, Director, Content & Artist Development, Time Warner Inc.; Diane Paragas, Director, Writer & Producer; Ric Whitney, VP, Content Marketing, Fullscreen
– Best Narrative Feature (U.S. Cinema) – "Pocha," directed by Michael Dwyer. $5,000 prize presented by Fox Audience Strategy.
Honorable Mention – Notable Performance – Ryan Destiny – "A Girl Like Grace"
The Jury: Dori Begley, SVP, Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures; Ryan Jones, Creative Executive, 20th Century Fox; Tilane Jones, Executive Director, ARRAY; Charles D. King, Founder & CEO, MACRO; James F. Lopez, Head of Motion Pictures, Will Packer Productions
– Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) – "Carmin Tropical," directed by Rigoberto Perez Cano (Mexico)
The Jury: Jules Claassen, Development Executive, Amazon Studios; Niija Kuykendall, VP, Production, Warner Bros.; Funa Maduka, Acquisition Executive, Netflix, Inc.; Stacy Spikes, Co-Founder & CEO, MoviePass; Frida Torresblanco, Award-Winning Filmmaker
– Best Feature – "Somewhere In the Middle," directed by Lanre Olabisi. $15,000 camera package donation of Panavision equipment presented by Panavision + MoviePass 1-year subscription presented by MoviePass.
– Best Short – "Taking Chance," directed by Jerry Lamothe. $5,000 camera package donation of Panavision equipment, presented by Panavision + MoviePass 1 year subscription presented by MoviePass.
The 20th Anniversary Urbanworld Film Festival will be in New York in September 2016.