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PAFF 2015 Winners: Malik Vitthal ‘Imperial Dreams’ Takes 2 Top Awards + Wins for ‘Difret,’ Others

PAFF 2015 Winners: Malik Vitthal 'Imperial Dreams' Takes 2 Top Awards + Wins for 'Difret,' Others

The 23rd annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is now over, after a February 5 through February 16 run, showcasing as many as 150 films (shorts and features), over the 11-day period.

Director Stanley Nelson’s documentary look at the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” made its West Coast premiere as the Opening Night film selection. While, closing the Festival, was the thriller “The Man in 3B,” which stars Lamman Rucker as a new and mysterious tenant of a a Queens apartment building, who seems to have the attention of other tenants, each attracted to him for one reason or another, and who gets involved in their individual lives, for better and worse, until one of them is murdered. 

The drama “Triangle-Going to America” was highlighted as the Centerpiece selection at the festival. The film tackles America’s broken immigration system. It stars Solomon Bogale and Mahder Assefa, two of the most famous actors in Ethiopia.

All films screened at RAVE Cinemas 15, located within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4200 Marlton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

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Here is the list of the 2015 Pan African Film & Arts Festival Winners:

Best Feature Narrative

“Difret” (Ethiopia) Director: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Special Jury Recognition-Feature Narrative

“mperial Dreams” (US) Director: Malik Vitthal


Best Director-First Feature Narrative

“Unsound” (US) Director: Darious  Britt

Special Jury Recognition-Director – First Feature Narrative

“Christmas Wedding Baby” (US) Director: Kiara C Jones


Best Documentary

“The Case of the Three Sided Dream” (US) Director: Adam Kahan

Special Jury Recognition-Documentary

“Tales of the Grim Sleeper” (US) Director: Nick Broomfield


Best Narrative Short

“The Bravest, The Boldest” (US) Director: Moon Molson

Special Jury Recognition-Short Narrative

“Love Thyself” (US) Director: Chris Bailey


Festival Programmers’ Award-Narrative Feature

“October 1” (Nigeria) Director:  Kunle Afolayan


Festival Programmers’ Award-Documentary

“Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band” (US) Director: Carol Bash


Festival Founders’ Award- Narrative

“Triangle-Going to America” (Sost Maezen) (Ethiopia) Director: Theodros Teshome Kebede


Festival Founders’ Award-Documentary

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (US) Director: Stanley Nelson


CAPRI Capital Partners Award

“The Man in 3B” (US) Director: Trey Haley


Audience Award—Documentary

“Bound: Africans vs African Americans” (US) Director: Peres Owino


Audience Award—Narrative Feature (tie)

“The Two of Us” (Thina Sobabili) (South Africa) Director:  Ernest Nkosi


“Imperial Dreams” (US) Director:  Malik Vitthal


BAFTA LA PRIZE (Pan African Film Festival-British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA Prize)

“Gone Too Far!” (UK) Director: Destiny Ekaragha

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