Congrats to Alrick Brown and his feature film debut Kinyarwanda, which won the Audience Award in the World Cinema section at AFI Fest 2011, as announced earlier today in Hollywood, CA.
The Rwandan genocide drama tied with a documentary called Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (about an 85-year old Japanese sushi Chef) for the award.
And in case you're one of the few still unaware, Kinyarwanda will be the second film released theatrically by the African American Film Festival Release Movement (AFFRM), and will make its debut on December 2nd, in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle and Washington (DC).
An S&A livecast interview with director Brown is forthcoming, so stay tuned for details on that.
Full list of winners below:
Breakthrough Section (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT by Alexandra-Therese Keining
New Auteurs Section BULLHEAD by Michaël R. Roskam
World Cinema Section A tie: JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI by David Gelb and KINYARWANDA by Alrick Brown
Young Americans Section WUSS by Clay Liford
LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORT FILM SECTION JURY AWARDS
Live Action Short Film Section Grand Jury Prize: FROZEN STORIES from Grzegorz Jaroszuk
Honorable Mention: BABYLAND by Marc Fratello
Animated Short Film Section Grand Jury Prize: THE EAGLEMAN STAG by Michael Please
Honorable Mention: THE VOYAGERS by Penny Lane
NEW AUTEURS SECTION CRITIC’S PRIZE
Grand Jury Prize: THE LONELIEST PLANET by Julia Loktev
Special Jury Prize: ATTENBERG by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Acting Award Prize: BULLHEAD’s Matthias Schoenaerts