2016 Awards

Best Film
Children of the Mountain

Best World Film
Hear the Silence / Höre Die Stille

Best Documentary
I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott

Best World Documentary
Nuclear Neighbour

Audience Award

Best Director
Brandon Ford Green (Good Grief)

Best Documentary Director
Dawn Engle (Rigoberta Menchú Tum – Daughter of the Maya)

Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker
Kati Juurus (For Kibera!)

Best Cinematography
The Sister

Best Editing
West Coast

Best Actress
Rukiyat Masud (Children of the Mountain)

Best Actor
Mdou Moctar (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It)

Best Ensemble Cast
42 Seconds of Happiness

Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen
Laura Gontarczyk (Two Worlds)
Jonas Laborda (Jonas and the Backyard Circus)
Kojo Roney (Kojo)
Leonay Shepherd (Good Funk)
Matthew Whitaker (Thrive)

New York Showcase Award

Harlem Spotlight (Feature)
Good Funk

Harlem Spotlight (Documentary)
Daddy Don’t Go

Harlem Spotlight (Short Narrative)
World’s Not For Me

Harlem Spotlight (Short Documentary)
By Jamal Joseph

Best Experimental Film
The Sky Over Berlin of My Childhood

Top 10 Shorts
A Beautiful Day
Any Day Now
Boat People

Princess Eun Hwa
The Frozen Eye
The Telegram Man

Best Short Documentaries
Do You Hear What I Hear?
One Day at a Time
Soul City

Best Short Shorts
L’Encenedor Quàntic
The Crip Who Loves Yoga

Best Youth Feature
The Remnant

Best Youth Short Documentary
Out of the Ashes

Best Youth Short
Let’s Stay Together

Best Animation
The Night Witch

Best Music Video

Winning Webisode (Narrative)
Everything I Did Wrong in My 20s

Winning Webisode (Documentary)
My Life Offline


Winning Feature Script

Riding on Duke’s Train
Ken Kimmelman & Mick Carlon

Feature Script Finalists

Shining Star
Jackie Thornton

Michael Philip Cash

Dana the Drummer
Tannaz Hazemi

The Crab Pot
Joseph Grinstein

Ghost Chant
Ramon Olivo

Feature Script Semi-Finalists

The Legend of William Tell
J. Ian Sample

Dismas and Gestas
Peter Hoffmann

Wall Streak
Greg Greenberg

The Colored Women’s Chapter
Nancy Zafris

Richard Spencer

Winning Short Script

Run, My Dear
Marjory Kaptanoglu

Short Script Finalists

Christmas of Nothing
Joseph Verrico

Double Crossed
Eric P. Granger

Fireworks for a Funeral
Madeline Dennis-Yates