2018 WINNERS

Feature Films

  • Inspired by true events, “The 86” highlights the activities of a band of 86 street thugs that were famous for their strong presence in the Caracas, Venezuela scene during the 1980’s.

  • Aaron Davis is accused of murder and wrongly incarcerated for a crime he swears that he did not commit. His son Jalen is forced to grow up on the streets of Los Angeles without the guidance of a father and primarily raised by his mother Shala and Grandmother Camilla Davis. Jalen finds himself in hot water with his life at risk after his best friend Diggy decides to partner

  • Ripped from the headlines, Love Cecy takes audiences back to the cholo, free-style culture of 1990s Richmond, California as it retells the story of 15 year old Cecilia Rios. The film follows Rios’ promising beginnings- striving to become a lawyer while keeping her cholo boyfriend off the streets- to its tragic end on March 14, 1994, when her brutal murder was chronicled by newspapers across the country.

Short Films

  • A comedic thriller that unabashedly explores the odd byroads and backwaters of the American landscape as a hitchhiker wonders if she’s just being racist, or if the black guy at the wheel really is the cannibalistic mass murderer the police are looking for.

  • Structure and color seemed to make every eye unique. But the excessive collection of biometrical data has shown that we share our iris structure with one single person – our soulmate, our IRY. There are always two humans who are alike in every characteristic and their lives proceed like parallel lines – too ident to cross each other. Now the IRY-app is said to change this, but it questions every existing relationship.

  • In this hybrid of poetry, musical and documentary film, the life of late rap artist Sydney Berry is revealed for the first time in varying degrees of emotion by his family.

  • In this Dark Comedy in the Deep South, A freed slave named Johnny Freedman plays his invention: ‘the banjo’ for his town. When his music disturbs Officer Wilbur and the Klan, Johnny is forced to sell his invention to a strange traveling theater performer, Joel Walker Sweeney, but did Johnny sell more than just an instrument?

  • A musical about a young father determined to realize his dream; struggling to ‘make it’ while raising his son. The World sends him down a path that questions his faith and conviction.

  • After spending the last decade in turmoil, Marcus resorts to one last option in attempt to end his disarray. He sits inside his vehicle across the street from a bank, hesitating and waiting. One by one his colleagues enter, some trying to change his mind others aiming to persuade him to go through with it. Which side will Marcus choose, and will he finally succeed or will it just be another failure?

Web Series

  • “Chinese Dream” is a web-series in 7 episodes à 7 minutes set in African milieu in Guangzhou, China. Each of the 7 stories of the web-series present a Chinese protagonist from different occupation and social status. Among them are a social worker, hotel receptionist, cargo workers, drivers and businessmen working on a regular basis with African clients, captain of a foreigners football team, Chinese teacher married to an African, etc. They all share their experience and personal impressions on their interactions with Africans in Guangzhou.

  • A romantic mini series drama about a lonely, unhappy housewife Floret Regis, who finds herself struggling to maintain the love she feels for her husband Franc Regis who she feels has emotionally abandoned her. While In her marital depression, she bumps into a former high school friend Omar, who expresses feelings towards her that begins to open Pandora’s Box.

Documentaries

  • Sankofa Solving X is the second part of the Sankofa program trilogy. Championed by Sister Yvetta Eley, the Sankofa program seeks to teach young African American students about their African roots and heritage.

  • FOSTER SHOCK takes a first hand look at what happens to children when they are taken from their abusive families and become dependents of the State of Florida. ‘Foster Shock’ examines Florida’s ‘privatized’ foster care system. It explains the Community Based Care (CBC) concept: how CBC’s were designed to work for the child’s benefit and why they are off course
    Foster Shock examines the massive amount of taxpayer dollars being spent with little oversight and accountability, and how this has lead to an over reliance on group homes, many of which are for profit.

  • A new wave of punk rap has surfaced from the underground scene of South Florida to the mainstream. Artists in the scene tell the story of the importance of collaboration, the internet, and being innovative in your craft in the very competitive and fast-paced South Florida music scene.
  • Once proud family neighborhoods crumble, swapping jobs that left the country for drugs and prostitution. This is the world of the Switchers – millions of Americans who voted for democrats their entire lives and now will vote for Donald Trump.