Pan African Film Festival Awards Filmmakers

It’s a wrap! The 26th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) has reached its end, and after 12 full days of showcasing an impressive slate of 173 films, PAFF has finally announced the winners of its 2018 season!
At the highly anticipated PAFF Filmmaker Awards Brunch, which was held yesterday on festival grounds at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, PAFF Executive Director, Ayuko Babu, presented various awards to competing filmmakers who have proven to be the greatest up-and-coming storytellers of our time. The experience was an exciting celebration of both accomplishment and next level success.
This year’s winners include:

Best Narrative Feature

Borders (Frontières) (Burkina Faso)
Directed by: Woye Apolline Traoré
Best Director-First Feature Narrative
Kalushi (South Africa)
Directed by: Mandlakayise Dube
Best Documentary Feature
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (US)
Directed by: Samuel D. Pollard
Best Narrative Short
Kyenvu (Yellow) (Uganda)
Directed by: Kemiyondo Coutinho
Best Documentary Short
Mama (US)
Directed by: Nicholas Brennan
Programmers’ Award-Narrative or Documentary Short
Lalo’s House (Haiti/US)
Directed by: Kelley Kali
Programmers’ Award-Documentary
Barrow-Freedom Fighter (Barbados)
Directed by: Marcia Weekes
Programmers’ Award-Narrative Feature
Love Jacked (South Africa)
Directed by: Alfons Adetuyi
PAFF Directors’ Award-Feature Documentary (TIE)
King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story (US)
Directed by: Juney Smith
Maynard (US)
Directed by: Samuel D. Pollard
PAFF Directors’ Award- Feature Narrative
The Train of Salt and Sugar (Mozambique/South Africa)
Directed by: Licínio Azevedo
Audience Award- Documentary Short
’63 Boycott (US)
Directed by: Gordon Quinn
Audience Award- Documentary Feature
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (US)
Directed by: Samuel D. Pollard
Audience Award- Narrative Short
For Evan’s Sake (US)
Directed by: Kirstin Lorin
Audience Award- Narrative Feature
Muslimah’s Guide to Marriage (US)
Directed by: Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar
View the complete list here.
The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival will take place Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 in Los Angeles, California. Stay tuned to the festival’s official website,, and social media channels for exciting updates, festival news, and information!
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