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It’s a Wrap!! The 2015 American Black Film Festival (ABFF)/ Awards Ceremony Winners

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* New York City, New York-  The  19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded Sunday evening  (06-14-15) at the Hilton New York Midtown ballroom with ‘The Best of ABFF Awards Ceremony.’

With a red carpet filled with a bevy entertainers, actors, and filmmakers, the evening fete was nothing short of a Hollywood-style bash.

From day one to day four, celebrity sightings  attending the festival included Tracee Ellis Ross, David Banner, Gayle King, Taraji P. Henson, Chanel Iman, Bevy Smith, Tasha Smith, V. Bozeman, Jasmine Burke, Lisa Arrindell Anderson,  Naturi Naughton, Taimak, and many others.

Lisa Arrindell Anderson
Lisa Arrindell Anderson

Bevy Smith
Bevy Smith

 Tasha Smith
Tasha Smith

Taimak
Taimak

Gayle King and Taraji P. Henson
Gayle King and 2015 ABFF Ambassador Taraji P. Henson

Actress Jasmine Burke
Actress Jasmine Burke

The four day festival (June 11-14) – which included seminars, master classes, film screenings and workshops – was created by Jeff Friday in 1997 as a vector to acknowledge the creativity and filmmaking skills, talents, and abilities of African Americans which may have otherwise been overlooked by the mainstream film industry. The awards ceremony which is held annually on the last night of the ABFF honors those individuals who have submitted their works into the various competitions such as best documentary, best web original, best short film, etc.

This year’s Career Achievement Award went to none other than actress extraordinaire, Jenifer Lewis who received a standing ovation after delivering a rousing ‘thank you’ speech reflecting upon her long career, her tenaciousness as an actress, and her dealing with the diagnoses of bipolar disorder.  The awards ceremony host for the evening was funnyman Chris Spencer, while V. Bozeman impressed the audience with her strong vocals in songs interspersed throughout the ceremony.

V. Bozeman
V. Bozeman

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT: Jenifer Lewis DSC00916

Jenifer Lewis accepting her Career Achievement Award
Jenifer Lewis accepting her Career Achievement Award

Jenifer Lewis, Jeff Friday (ABFF Founder), Tracee Ellis Ross
Jenifer Lewis, Jeff Friday (ABFF Founder), Tracee Ellis Ross

2015 AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS LIST:

“BEST OF THE ABFF” AUDIENCE AWARD (TIE) (Presented by VH1): KNUCKLEHEAD        Directed by: Ben Bowman    Written by: Bryan Abrams, Ben Bowman  Produced by: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Ben Bowman   Executive Producers: Jonathan Gray, Debra Azemar  Cast:  Gbenga Akinnagbe, Alfre Woodard, Amari Cheatom, Justin Myrick, Nikiya Mathis, Carla Duren

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LAST NIGHT     Directed by: Harold Jackson III    Written by: Harold Jackson III       Produced by: Harold Jackson III, Hope Taylor, Prince Levy Jr., Latecia Durham    Cast: Judi Blair, Danny Gavigan, Benton Greene, Nedra McClyde, Nikkole Salter

GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST SCREENPLAY (Presented by Time Warner Foundation):

LAST NIGHT    Directed by: Harold Jackson III     Written by Harold Jackson III     Produced by: Harold Jackson III, Hope Taylor, Prince Levy Jr., Latecia Durham    Cast: Judi Blair, Danny Gavigan, Benton Greene, Nedra McClyde, Nikkole Salter

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR (Presented by Cadillac):

THE NIGHT BEFORE   Directed by: Kenny Young        Written by: Kenny Young     Produced by: Phil James, Lisa D. Washington, Kim Hardin    Executive Producers: Angela White, Felicia James   Cast: Colin Egglesfield, David Faustino, Fred Willard, Anna Hutchinson, Brian White, Gary Owen

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE (Presented by Prudential):

THE NIGHT BEFORE     Directed by: Kenny Young      Written by: Kenny Young   Produced by: Phil James, Lisa D. Washington, Kim Hardin     Executive Producers: Angela White, Felicia James   Cast: Colin Egglesfield, David Faustino, Fred Willard, Anna Hutchinson, Brian White, Gary Owen

GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR (Presented by ASPiRE) LISA ARRINDELL ANDERSON  IN THE SIN SEER     Directed by: PaulD.Hannah   Written by: Paul D. Hannah    Produced by: Paul D. Hannah, Angela White, Isaiah Washington

Actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson accepting her award at the 2015 ABFF Awards Ceremony
Actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson accepting her award at the 2015 ABFF Awards Ceremony

HBO® SHORT FILM COMPETITION: STANHOPE   Directed, written, and produced by: Solvan Naim,  Co-produced by Akshay Bhansali    Cast: Malik Lockett, Johnnie Mae, Rob Morgan, Nedra McClyde, Simeon Buresch

Cast member "Stanhope" (Malik Lockett) and director Solvan Naim
Cast member “Stanhope” (Malik Lockett) and director Solvan Naim

BEST WEB ORIGINAL (Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal): AMERICAN KOKO     Directed by: Diarra Kilpatrick & Miles Orion Feld      Written by: Diarra Kilpatrick   Produced by: Anna Micayla Feld     Cast: Diarra Kilpatrick, Terrence Colby Clemons, Miles Orion Feld, Elaine Kao, Cedric Sanders

BEST DOCUMENTARY  (Presented by BET Networks): ALTHEA   Directed by: Rex Miller  Produced by: Nancy Buirski, Elisabeth Haviland James, Rex Miller Executive Producers: John Amos, Billie Jean King, William Ackman Principal Subject(s): Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri, David Dinkins, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Best Documentary winner for "Althea", Rex Miller
Best Documentary winner for “Althea”, Rex Miller

ABFF TALENT COMPETITIONS COMEDY WINGS COMPETITION WINNER (Presented by HBO) : Chastity Washington MCDONALD’S LOVIN’ VIDEO COMPETITION WINNER: “PUPPY LOVE” Written and Directed by Richard T. Fields STAR PROJECT (Presented by NBCUniversal) Female – Asha Kamali          Male – Rahmell Peebles TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION DEADBEAT DAD REHAB Written by Keronoda “Kiki” McKnight

Congratulations to all the 2015 ABFF competition winners!!

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