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Urbanworld 2016 Festival Award Winners

Urbanworld 2016 Festival Award WinnersPosted by Wilson Morales

September 26, 2016


The 20th Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival (, presented by REVOLT with founding sponsor HBO, announced the awards for the screenplay, documentary, feature, narrative short, narrative feature (U.S. and World) and audience categories and the three REVOLT Young Filmmaker finalists today. The nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival screened 65 films and hosted numerous digital, music and spotlight events before it concluded its five day festival with an awards brunch hosted by director Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man Holiday, Barbershop: The Next Cut) at Tribeca Grill Loft in New York’s Tribeca area. Festival ambassador and filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, “Queen Sugar”) presented the Audience Awards to the winners.

The 20th Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival winners are:


Best Feature DocumentaryDaddy Don’t Go – Directed by Emily Abt

(Presented by HBO – $5,000 Prize)

The Jury:

Dori Begley, Co-Executive Vice President, Magnolia Pictures
Jacqueline Glover, SVP, HBO Documentary Films
Angela Northington, SVP, Content Acquisitions, RLJ Entertainment & Urban Movie Channel
Jason Samuels, Senior Consultant, News & Docs, BET Networks and Associate Professor, NYU

“Daddy Don’t Go” explores the crisis of fatherlessness in America, documenting two years in the lives of four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they fight to defy the odds against them. It provides compelling portraits of men who are unwavering in their commitment to parenthood despite the challenges they encounter.

Best Narrative ShortBalcony – Directed by Toby Fell-Holden

balcony-posterCast includes Charlotte Beaumont, Genevieve Dunne, Umit Ulgen, Natalie Caswell, Simon Meacock, Mika Simmons, Hebe Beardsall

(Presented by Time Warner – $5,000 Prize)

The Jury:

Poppy Hanks, SVP, Development & Production, MACRO
Tamir Muhammad, Director, Content & Artist Development, Time Warner Inc.
Maria Zuckerman, SVP, HBO Films

Tina, a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to Dana, an Afghani girl, whom Tina tells us is oppressively victimised by her substance abusing father, Karim. Initially, we trust Tina and admire her protectiveness of Dana from the kids at school and on the violent estate, but as we watch their friendship blossom we come to suspect that something is off.

Best Narrative Feature (U.S. Cinema)Destined – Directed by Qasim Basir


Cast includes Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Hill Harper, Margot Bingham, Zulay Henao, Mo Mcrae, Jason Dohring, La La Anthony, Paula Devicq, James McCaffrey, and Rob Christopher Riley.

(Presented by Fox Audience Strategy – $5,000 Prize)

The Jury:

Korin D. Huggins, Head of Television, Will Packer Productions
Tilane Jones, Director, Executive Director, ARRAY
Gina Reyes, Fox Audience Strategy

“Destined” tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed, portrayed by the same actor (Cory Hardrict). A pivotal moment in a 13-year-old’s life splits off into two possible outcomes: in one, he becomes an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify and destroy his old neighborhood, and in the other he becomes a powerful drug lord who rules his surroundings but may regret what he’s built.

Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema)La Granja – Directed by Angel Manuel Soto


Cast includes Amneris Morales, Cesar Galíndez, John García, Henry Osso, José R. Colón, Yulie Padilla, Marco Carlos Cintrón

Honorable Mention: Dar Noir – Directed by Hamadi Mwapachu

The Jury:

Lisa Cortes, CEO, Cortes Films
Lisa E. Davis, Partner, Entertainment Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz
Felicia Pride, Director of Independent Film, Tugg

In one of the barrios of Puerto Rico, Lucho watches her sister and her drug addict boyfriend have sex and get high. Lucho remains quiet, always observing, even when he’s running drugs for a local gangster. Although neither of them know it, he crosses paths daily with Ingrid, a nurse at a local hospital for pregnant addicts. Ingrid lives an empty life, lacking human contact except for occasional sex with a local bookie named Rubén. She doesn’t know that Ruben stages bare-knuckle fights for underage kids and blackmails those who owe him money. There are more characters, all of them circling each other, all of them desperate for some kind of happiness, unaware of the world around them. This is LA GRANJA.

Best ScreenplayFried Catfish‎ — Written by Inda Craig-Galván

inda-craig-galvan(Presented by BET Networks – $5,000 Prize)

The Jury:

Zola Mashariki, EVP & Head of Original Programming, BET Networks
Robi Reed, VP, Talent and Casting, Original Programming, BET Networks
Jeremy Pikser, VP, Writer’s Guild of America East and Award-Winning Writer

Busy-body restaurant manager Veronica only wanted keep her ex occupied. But when her “catfish” scheme to keep him busy goes better (or worse) than planned, Veronica will do anything to manage her own emotional chaos.

Audience Awards


Best FeatureLucky – Directed by Bari Kang

Cast includes Bari Kang, Alfredo Diaz, Natalia Zvereva, Galla Borowski, Obaid Kadwani, Pooya Mohseni

Music Composed and Conducted by Shawn Parke & Kimberly Henninger. The original score by Cathedral Sounds is a dark and melodic journey felt with every note. Reminiscent of the soundtrack of “Thief” by Tangerine Dream the track amplifies the gritty tone of “Lucky.”

Lucky is an undocumented immigrant hustling to get by and saving for a green card marriage. Mechanic by day and car thief by night, he provides for his family. When his partner in petty crime disappears, Lucky naively befriends a local drug dealer, pulling him deeper into the NYC underworld. Lucky soon finds himself in over his head, forcing him to take extreme action.

Best ShortSamaria – Directed by Kiel Adrian Scott


Producers include Kiel Adrian Scott and Devin Landin with Cara Harrison Daniels, Herreast Harrison, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, RW Williams, Richard Jastrow, and Marcie Jastrow serving as Executive Producers

Cast includes Katie Wren Whitty, Demetrius Grosse, Alex Courtney, Barry Fisher, Tatyana Ali

In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Rose, a young white-collar worker, works tirelessly to put back together the pieces of her broken life. Having lost everything in the storm, Rose, now homeless, must hide her indigence from those she works for and her employment from those she lives with, withholding who and what she is to survive.

Young Filmmaker Finalists

(Presented by REVOLT – All expense paid trip to REVOLT Music Conference, October 13-16 in Miami where the winner will be announced.)


AmeriKKKa – Directed by Sheila Wilson

A young African American girl infiltrates a KKK meeting to seek revenge against the men who killed her father.

Madaran – Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi

The film is based on a true story about an Iranian mother who must decide whether to end or spare the life of her only son’s killer at his execution.

Loved Like This – Directed by Christopher Lewis Dawkins

A young woman is pulled between her girlfriend and religious grandmother.

The Jury:

Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman, REVOLT
Sarah Snedeker, SVP, Production & Development, REVOLT FILMS
Bille Woodruff, Film & TV Director

Additional information and video from the festival can be found on

Along with presenting sponsor BET Networks and founding sponsor HBO, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo was a premiere sponsor and industry circle supporters included Fox Global Directors Initiative, Cinemax, Interactive One, Panavision, MoviePass, Moguldom, RLJ Entertainment, the Directors Guild of America and AMC Theatres.

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