(New York, NY)—The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival
, presented by BET Networks, today announced the winners for feature, documentary, short film, screenplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 23-27 in New York City; wrapping up on September 27 with a closing awards brunch to congratulate the competition’s winners. Urbanworld, which screened 68 films this year, is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color.
The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:
Best Narrative Feature Film
Written & Directed By Tina Mabry
; Produced By Morgan Stiff
Best Documentary Feature Film
Written & Directed By Alex Vlack
& Damani Baker
; Produced By Alex Vlack, Damani Baker, Jon Fine
, & Andrew Zuckerman
Documentary Feature Honorable Mention
Directed By Melis Birder
Best Documentary Short Film
A SONG FOR OURSELVES
Written & Directed By Tadashi Nakamura
; Produced By Karen Ishizuka
& Robert Nakamura
Best Narrative Short Film
THE ROE EFFECT
Written & Directed By Kiel Adrian Scott
; Produced By Kiel Adrian Scott, Noelle K. Barnes
, & Kiara Jones
Narrative Short Honorable Mention
LIFE ON EARTH
Written By Courtney Stephens
; Directed By Jeffrey Keith
, Produced By R. Kiplin Pastor
Written By Charles Burnett
Awarded $5,000 cash prize by HBO
Audience Award Winner
Written & Directed By Alex Vlack & Damani Baker; Produced By Alex Vlack, Damani Baker, Jon Fine, & Andrew Zuckerman
Audience Award Honorable Mention
Directed By Gabriel Noble
; Produced By Marjan Tehrani
“On behalf of the Urbanworld Film Festival and our Presenting Sponsor BET Networks, I proudly congratulate the exceptional winners of the Festival’s 13th annual competition,” said Stacy Spikes, founder of Urbanworld. “As Urbanworld consistently recognizes and celebrates excellence in films by and about people of color, we are honored to present such a diverse slate of filmmakers and content, both represented in the overall festival and in the 2009 roster of winners."
Highlights of the 13th annual Urbanworld Film Festival included a special closing night screening of "Good Hair," directed by Jeff Stilson, produced by Nelson George and Chris Rock, and starring Chris Rock.
Bolstered by a three-year partnership with BET networks, Urbanworld is re-defining the competitive film festival landscape with its important and critical approach to exposing the voices of multicultural filmmakers.
ABOUT THE 2009 URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL:
Beginning this year, BET Networks has signed on for a three-year strategic partnership to present the Urbanworld Film Festival. The unique partnership, strengthened by BET’s position as the leading media and entertainment provider for African Americans and consumers of Black culture, will further establish the festival as one of the world’s largest competitive film festivals designed to redefine and enhance the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary cinema.