PAFF Awards 2017

Each year there are films that stand apart from the rest. PAFF-LA recognizes these films and awards them in the categories of Best Feature Narrative, Best Director-First Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Narrative at a fun, intimate awards brunch. In addition, Audience Awards, Programmers’ Awards and PAFF Directors’ Awards are presented.


Narrative Feature

Nawara (Egypt) Directed by Hala Khalil

Special Jury Recognition-Narrative Feature

The Patriarch (Mahana) (New Zealand) Directed by Lee Tamahori

Director-First Feature Narrative

Children of the Mountain (Ghana/US) Directed by Priscilla Anany

Special Jury Recognition-Narrative Feature

Wùlu(Sénégal) Directed by Daouda Coulibaly

Director-First Feature Documentary

Wilmington on Fire (US) Directed by Christopher Everett

Special Jury Recognition-Narrative Feature

Independência (Angola) Directed by Mário Bastos

Documentary Feature

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (US) Directed by Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack

Special Jury Recognition-Narrative Feature

Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt (Egypt) Directed by Michal Goldman

Narrative Short

Ca$h Out (US) Directed by: Karim Moutry Meg & Mary Moutry

Special Jury Recognition-Narrative Feature

The Suit (South Africa) Directed by Jarryd Coetsee

Documentary Short

The Spirit of the Forest (L’Esprit de la Forêt) (Belgium) Directed by Monique Munting

Festival Programmers’ Award-Narrative Feature

The Preacher’s Son (US) Directed by Trey Haley

Festival Programmers’ Award-Documentary

CHASING TRANE: The John Coltrane Documentary (US) Directed by John Scheinfeld

Festival Programmers’ Award-Short Film

Snowplow (US) Directed by Mia Niebruegge

Festival Vision Award-Narrative Feature

93 Days (Nigeria) Directed by Steve Gukas

Festival Vision Award-Documentary Feature

Kemtiyu: Cheikh Anta(Sénégal) Directed by Ousmane William Mbaye

Festival Vision Award-Short

90 Days (US) Directed by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte

Audience Award-Feature Narrative

Everything But a Man (US) Directed by Nnegest Likke

Audience Award-Feature Documentary

Horace Tapscott Musical Griot (US) Directed by Barbara McCullough