BlackStar 2019.

Thank you for joining us at our biggest festival yet!
After our closing night program, we announced the winners of the 2019 BlackStar Film Festival Awards. We are excited to share the recipients of this year’s Awards below. Congratulations to all of the artists for their groundbreaking work!  
Day 3 video recap - #BlackStar19SoLit
Best Feature Documentary 
Infiltrators, The (Dirs: Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera)

Best Feature Narrative 
Selah and the Spades (Dir: Tayarisha Poe)

Best Experimental
Bereka (Dir: Nesanet Teshager Abegaze)

Best Short Documentary
A Love Song For Latasha (Dir: Sophia Nahli Allison)

Best Short Narrative
Sega (Dir: Idil Ibrahim)

Best Youth (11-17)
The Next Stop (Dir: Jalyssa Jimenez)

Best Youth (18-22)
Wash Day (Dir: Jaida Salmon)

2019 Special Recognition Award: Narrative
Presented by HBO
Feathers (Dir: A.V. Rockwell)

2019 Special Recognition Award: Documentary
Presented by HBO
Respect and LOVE (Dir: Angelique Webster)
2019 Lionsgate/STARZ Producer Award
Test Pattern (Producers: Pin-Chun Liu & Shatara Michelle Ford)

2019 Richard Nichols Luminary Award
Marcia Smith

2019 BlackStar Pitch
Higher 15 (Director: Ameha Molla)

Audience Awards:
2019 Favorite Documentary Feature 
Warrior Women (Dirs: Elizabeth A. Castle and Christina D. King)

2019 Favorite Narrative Feature
Sprinter (Dir: Storm Saulter)

2019 Favorite Experimental Film
The Cancer Journals Revisited (Dir: Lana Lin)

2019 Favorite Documentary Short
Finding Elijah (Dir: Yolonda Johnson-Young)

2019 Favorite Narrative Short
T (Dir: Keisha Rae Witherspoon)

2019 Favorite Youth Film (11-17)
Closeted (Dir: George Hollyer and Danielle Ridgeway)

2019 Favorite Youth Film (18-22)
PETAL (Dir: Derek Yancey Jr.)

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