IBFFONLINE 2021 Winners

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 BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE 

 

LIFE AINT LIKE THE MOVIES

Life Ain’t Like the Movies is a feature-length film about a Black, introverted teen named Chone. As a result of an eccentric assignment, the story follows his journey through high school as he faces love, disputes with friends, tragedy, and issues with his family. Despite his struggles, the core of the story revolves around the complex relationship Chone shares with his father and how sometimes differences in patriarchal relationships can be overcome when love and dedication take over.

Directed by Robert Butler

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 BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 

 

OUT OF THE DARK

RAVEN SAUNDERS

Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders shares her childhood trauma, the intensity of her 2016 Olympic experience, and the pitfalls of celebrity that challenged her mental health. After facing the greatest challenge of her life, she found the strength she never knew she had and became a leading advocate for mental health dialogue among athletes.

Directed by Sarah Klein, Tom Mason

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 BEST INSPIRATIONAL FILM 

1CHANCE

1 Chance tells the story of an up and coming boxer who must prove his naysayers wrong after he’s diagnosed with type one diabetes days before the biggest fight of his career.

Directed by Joseph Austin II

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 HONORABLE MENTION 

 

UPROOTED

THE JOURNEY OF JAZZ DANCE

'UPROOTED' is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film is an honest conversation about jazz dance addressing topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism, and sexism. With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille, A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz. ‘UPROOTED’ also showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly shining a light on what all people have in common, rhythm and a basic human need to get down.

Khadifa Wong

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 AUDIENCE CHOICE 

 

MESSAGE READ

In the afterlife material possessions cease to exist. For those who can’t let go, there’s one stop before that final resting place and it’s called Firth. Message Read tells the story of a father who desperately misses his son and must decide between moving on to finality or spending another eternity stuck in Firth.

Directed by Spencer Glover

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BEST NARRATIVE SHORT 

LIFE

The interpersonal fragility of a psychologist’s life is revealed as she helps others navigate through the issues in their own lives.

Directed by Mirlande Amazan

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 BEST SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM 

 

HOUSE ON CARTER ROAD

At the height of redlining in 1968, a black couple and a white couple try to buy the same suburban house in New Jersey.

Directed by Shawn Gerrard

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 BEST OF TENNESSEE  

 

THE LITTLE DEATH

A doting young married couple riding the emotional wave of infertility & miscarriage.

Directed by Justin Harrison

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 BEST INSPIRATIONAL FILM 

 

THE SIMPLE PATH

An elder care nurse takes matters in her own hands when her beloved patient runs out of funds for nursing home care. Her brother, a Peace Corps volunteer, helps his sister care for her patient in her home and himself lives a life  of service.

Directed by Charles Moore

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 BEST DOCUMENTARY LONG 

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100 YEARS FROM MISSISSIPPI

“100 Years From Mississippi” is a 60-minute documentary on the life of Mamie Lang Kirkland, a 111-year-old African American woman who experienced and survived racial terrorism, segregation, bigotry and bias, yet continued to have hope, joy and love of life, full of the certainty that we can do better. Mamie was seven years old when she fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend, John Hartfield, escaped an approaching lynch mob. John Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era. 100 years later Mamie returned to confront her childhood trauma, and honor those who succumbed.

Directed by Tarabu Betserai Kirkland

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 BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM 

 

LEAVING ISIOLO

In and around the border-town of Isiolo, in East Africa, a young Kenyan businesswoman and a young Chinese miner prepare to leave town to begin their new life together - meeting at their favorite restaurant for one last meal.

Directed by Irungu Mutu

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 FOUNDERS AWARD 

 

MOTIONS

The energy exchange of three New Yorkers collide on the train in stories of anxiety, heartache and redemption. All are victims to their thoughts and daily life motions. They can rise above it but, it's never that simple.

Directed by Starr Nathan

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 BEST OF FESTIVAL 

 

100 YEARS FROM MISSISSIPPI

“100 Years From Mississippi” is a 60-minute documentary on the life of Mamie Lang Kirkland, a 111-year-old African American woman who experienced and survived racial terrorism, segregation, bigotry and bias, yet continued to have hope, joy and love of life, full of the certainty that we can do better. Mamie was seven years old when she fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend, John Hartfield, escaped an approaching lynch mob. John Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era. 100 years later Mamie returned to confront her childhood trauma, and honor those who succumbed.

Directed by Tarabu Betserai Kirkland