Montréal, October 1, 2017 – The 13th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, announced its prize winners at the Festival’s closing ceremonies on Sunday October 1, at Concordia Theatre Hall. Winners were selected by a professional jury:
Feature-length films, fiction: Anik Matern, actor – President of the Jury; Mark Krupa, director, actor, producer, author; Randy Thomas, actor.
Feature-length films, documentaries: Paul Carvalho, producer, screenwriter, director – President of the Jury; Duke Eatmon, radio host and contributor; Santiago Bertonlini, director
Medium-length and short films: Paul Shore, social entrepreneur, director – President of the Jury; Natalie Tannous, actor, author, director; Tania Arana, actor, casting director; Tamara Brown, actor, singer, director, poet; Chimweme Miller, actor, musician, storyteller.
Members of the juries evaluated excellent films from around the globe according to a set of selection criteria. While all films were outstanding, the following really stood out:
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Krotoa, by Roberta Durrant (Afrique du Sud)
Honourable mention to: Carpinteros, by José Maria Cabral (République Dominicaine); Kalushi – The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, by Mandla Dube; Dabka, by Bryan Buckley.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Boy 23 – The forgotten boys of Brazil, by Belisario Franca (Brazil)
Honourable mention to: Marvin Booker was murdered, by Wade Gardner (USA) & Centreal Africa’s Closed eyelids by Alfredo Torrescalles (Spain)
BEST Mid-Length Documentary: Walking in my shoes, by Mélanie Chait, (South Africa)
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: On Attend, by Dimitri Sterkens, (Belgium)
Honorable mention to: Et toujours nous marcherons, by Jonathan Millet, (France)
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Refugee, de Joyce Chen & Emily More, (USA / Senegal)
The 13th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, was held from September 27 to October 1, 2017. The 14th annual MIBFF will be held from September 26 – 30, 2018.
About the Montreal International Black Film Festival – MIBFF
The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cinema, art and culture. As Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, MIBFF’s mission is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to foster the creation of films on international black realities. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema: cinema from both here and abroad that doesn’t always make it to the silver screen. We showcase ground-breaking cinema that both moves and shocks us, all while raising awareness. Join us for a fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com
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