2018 Awards

   Cinematography Award Winner James Laxton,  Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award Winner Sephora Woldu for  Life is Fare , and Indie Memphis Actor of the Year Award Shayna McHayle for  Support the Girls

Cinematography Award Winner James Laxton, Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award Winner Sephora Woldu for Life is Fare, and Indie Memphis Actor of the Year Award Shayna McHayle for Support the Girls

2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival Awards

CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

James Laxton, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Actor of the year AWARD

Shayna McHayle (aka Junglepussy), SUPPORT THE GIRLS


  Best Narrative Feature Winner Bridey Elliott for CLARA’S GHOST

Best Narrative Feature Winner Bridey Elliott for CLARA’S GHOST

NARRATIVE FEATURES JURY AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature
($1,000 cash prize)
CLARA’S GHOST, directed by Bridey Elliott

Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award                    
($1,000 cash prize)
Nijla Mumin, writer and director of JINN

DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARDS

Best Documentary Feature
($1,000 cash prize presented by Classic American Hardwoods)
SHAKEDOWN, directed by Leilah Weinraub

Documentary Feature - Special Jury Award
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING, directed by RaMell Ross

DEPARTURES JURY AWARD

Best Departures Feature
($500 cash prize)
BLACK MOTHER
, directed by Khalik Allah

Departures Feature - Honorable Mention
AUGUST AT AKIKOS, directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi

SOUNDS JURY AWARD

Best Sounds Feature
($500 case prize)
MR. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard


  Best Documentary Short: BLACK 14, directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Best Documentary Short: BLACK 14, directed by Darius Clark Monroe

SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS

Best Narrative Short
$500 cash prize
MAGIC BULLET, directed by Amanda Lovejoy Street

Narrative Short - Honorable Mention
THE BALLAD OF JUNIOR, directed by Chris Ortega

Best After Dark Short
$500 cash prize
THE HORSE AND THE STAG
, directed by Jonathan Cuartas

Best Departures Short
FRONTIER WISDOM, directed by Jenna Caravello

Best Sounds Music Video
GOMENAKI, directed by Alkis Papastathopoulos, featuring the artist Someone Who Isn’t Me

Sounds Music Video - Honorable Mention
MAD AS HELL, directed by Emily Pelstring, Meg Remy, featuring the artist U.S. Girls

Best Documentary Short
$500 cash prize                                                                
BLACK 14
, directed by Darius Clark Monroe


 Audience Award Winners for Best Documentary Feature Suzannah Herber & Lauren Belfer for WRESTLE

Audience Award Winners for Best Documentary Feature Suzannah Herber & Lauren Belfer for WRESTLE

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Narrative Feature
NEW MONEY, directed by Jason Kohl

Documentary Feature
WRESTLE, directed by Suzannah Herber & Lauren Belfer

Departures Feature
THE WASHING SOCIETY, directed by Lynne Sachs

Sounds Feature
MR. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard

Narrative Short
UNDER MOM’S SKIRT directed by Sarah Heitz De Chabaneix

Departures Short
ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN directed by Duke Doyle

Documentary Short
LIFE ON THE LINE, directed by Lea Suzuki

Music Video
FAITHFUL, directed by Benjamin Stark, featuring artist King Kwofi

Hometowner Feature
WAITING: THE VAN DUREN STORY, directed by Greg Carey & Wade Jackson

Hometowner Narrative Short
BEST WEDDING GIFT, directed by Mark Jones

Hometowner Documentary Short
YOU MUST BELIEVE, directed by Lauren Squires Ready

Hometowner Departures Shorts
DATING IN 2018: HOW MEN COMMUNICATE, directed by Munirah Jones

Hometowner Music Video
NEW WHIP, WHO DIS, directed/performed by Daz Rinko


  Best Hometowner Documentary Short Winner Kevin Brooks for BONFIRE

Best Hometowner Documentary Short Winner Kevin Brooks for BONFIRE

HOMETOWNER AWARDS

Best Hometowner Feature 
(Narrative or Documentary)
$1,000 cash prize
RUKUS, directed by Brett Hanover

Best Hometowner Narrative Short
$500 cash prize
MINORITY, directed by Will Robbins

Best Hometowner Documentary Short
$500 cash prize
BONFIRE, directed by Kevin Brooks

Hometowner Documentary Short - Honorable Mention
SINGING FOR KING, directed by Yalonda M. James

Best Hometowner Departures Short
WINDOWS, directed by Jason Allen Lee

Hometowner Departures Short - Honorable Mention
DOUBLE SEAWEED DELUXE - TUTWEEZY, directed by Lloyd Ambrose Jr.

Best Hometowner Music Video
I’M YOURS, directed by Melissa Anderson Sweazy, featuring the artist Faith Evans Ruch


 INDIE Award Winner Breezy Lucia

INDIE Award Winner Breezy Lucia

FESTIVAL AWARDS

Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award
LIFE IS FARE, directed by Sephora Woldu

Southern Soul of Independent Film Award
NEGRO TERROR, directed by John Rash

Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award
WRESTLE, directed by Suzannah Herbert & Lauren Belfer

The INDIE Award
Breezy Lucia

Vision Award
Adam Hohenberg

Jury Best Poster Design
NEW MONEY

Audience Best Poster Design
WAITING: THE DUREN STORY


 $10K Bounty Prize Winner Dave Godbout for CHARMAINE

$10K Bounty Prize Winner Dave Godbout for CHARMAINE

black filmmakers pitch rally winners
(presented with crowdfunding partner Seed&Spark)

$10K Bounty Prize Provided by Epicenter Memphis & High-End Color Package from Apache
DAVE GODBOUT for CHARMAINE

$1,000 Donation to Crowdfunding Campaign via Seed&Spark
AMANDA WILLOUGHBY and JESSICA CHANEY for HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A MAN

Honorable Mention
AMANDA LAYNE MILLER for BLACK CHERRY


 Narrative IndieGrant Winner Daniel Ferrell for TAGGING

Narrative IndieGrant Winner Daniel Ferrell for TAGGING

INDIEGRANTS

$5,000 in cash, $8,000 in-kind services

Narrative IndieGrant Winner
DANIEL FERRELL 
for TAGGING

Narrative IndieGrant Winner
BRETT HANOVER for SPACE SUBMARINE COMMANDER

Documentary IndieGrant Winner
JORDAN DANELZ for GETTING BY


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