Montreal International Black Film Festival 2012 Wrap-Up

In its 8th year the Montreal International Black Film Festival came and went, but not without leaving an impression on everyone who attended.  With 115 films from over 40 different countries how could you not be impressed? The films tackled a wealth of subjects that affect black communities across the world from poverty, homosexuality, interracial relationships, and justice.

The highlight of the festival for me and I’m sure many others happened on the opening night.  That was the evening that the legendary Harry Belafonte was awarded Humanitarian Grand Prix Award.  This was the first of this type ever presented at the festival.  The man himself was there and he got up and made a soft spoken but impressive speech.  The several hundred people in attendance could not help but be impressed by his humility, intelligence and dedication to activism.

On the last night of the festival the award winners were announced and here they are:

Award Winners:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE:

INSIDE STORY, by Rolie Nikiwe (Kenya, South Africa)

Honorable Mentions to:
Winnie, by Darrell Roodt (Canada, South Africa)
Sonny Boy, by Maria Peters (Netherlands)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

DEAR MANDELA, by Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza (South Africa, USA)

Honorable Mentions to:
The Central Park Five, by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon (USA)
The Creators, by Laura Gamse (South Africa)

BEST MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY:

SARABAH, by Maria Luisa Gambale (Senegal, USA)

Honorable mention to:
Duhozanye, A Rwandan Village of Widows, by Karoline Frogner (Norway, Rwanda)

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT:

SLEEP, by Donald Conley (USA)

Honorable mention to:
Umkhungo, by Matthew Jankes (South Africa)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

CARBON FOR WATER, by Evan Abramson and Carmen Elza Lopez (USA)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

A FAMILY MAN, by The Rauch Brothers, Lizzie Jacobs (USA)

Honorable Mention to:
MacPherson, by Martine Chartrand (Canada)

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