NBFF 2020 | AWARD WINNERS

Best Feature Film

DIRECTOR: Chyna Robinson

FILM DESCRIPTION: When two women are betrayed by their manipulative husbands, they begin plotting to find a way out. The escape they seek, turns out to be deadly.

Best Short Film

DIRECTOR: Jen Mostow

FILM DESCRIPTION: A sadistic couple redefines date night with their taste for seedy fun. When they cross paths with a serial killer, the lines between hunter and hunted set an unexpected trap.

Best Documentary Feature

DIRECTOR: James William Theres

FILM DESCRIPTION: Just when you thought every American story about World War II had been told, along comes the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion (The SixTripleEight), the only all-black female unit to serve in Europe during the war. Led by the highest-ranking black female in the Army, they faced racism, sexism, and the Nazis.The documentary includes interviews with the surviving seven members of the 855 women of the SixTripleEight.  Their mission was to clear the backlog of mail stuck in warehouses in Birmingham, England and Rouen, France. They completed this enormous task in six months distributing over 17 million pieces of mail.  Their story was hidden in American military history until now.

Best Documentary Short

DIRECTOR: Christopher Windfield

FILM DESCRIPTION: Verda Byrd has been living her entire life as a black woman. Only until the age of 70 Verda made a shocking discovery. She was adopted and her biological parents were actually white. 70 Years of Blackness takes a look into Verda’s story while examining the effects race played within the adoption industry.

Best Web series

DIRECTOR: Tamala Baldwin, Lavarro Jones

FILM DESCRIPTION: Bubbly Brown Sugar tells the story of two soulmates meeting in their dreams and their parallel journeys to finding each other upon waking up.

In Bubbly Brown Sugar, lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur Jewel Patterson has always had psychic dreams that often times came true as a child. When she accepts the proposal for marriage from her longtime sweetheart, Gabriel Hamilton, her psychic dreams come back with such intensity, it throws her life upside down.

Best TV Pilot

DIRECTOR: Jan Woletz, Stefan Polasek

FILM DESCRIPTION: THE SERIES “Wienerland” (working title) is a fantasy/western genre-mix exploring the boundaries of society, ethics, and perceived reality. The respective storylines, brought to life by a diverse ed cast, examine the potential aspects of inter– and intrapersonal dilemmata and are carefully interwoven to present an intricate bigger picture. The epic story is driven by elements of action, adventure, humor, and horror, as well as sex and violence. A naturalistic approach of the fantasy setting lays the ground for an affecting multi-facetted Hero’s Journey.

We accompany the young woman Atalja on her road to self-awareness as she learns life’s lessons
the hard way. She must learn that she cannot escape her responsibilities in and for her world.
To change the world, she needs to explore her inner self and question her reality, even at the risk of losing herself in the process. As her journey takes her further, the lines between “black and white” and “good and evil” fade away to reveal the true nature of “Wienerland”.

“Wienerland – The Series” brings together two genres of heroic epics, legends, and desires in a unique way. A classic western setting infused with mystical fantasy lore sets the stage for the conflict between the technologically advanced humans possessing steam engines and gunpowder, and the Otherlings’ heritage of tradition and magic. The storytelling and visual design of “Wienerland” create a tangible experience of this conflict, its participants, and their world for the audience, thereby manifesting an identity, upon which additional elements of the franchise can be built.

Best Animation

DIRECTOR: Tony Drake, Luke James Shaffer

FILM DESCRIPTION: Created by multiple award winning music artist Luke James Shaffer, “Pressure” follows a kid named PRESSURE as he faces a slew of obstacles throughout the school day. He’s dealing with what feels like the weight of the world on his shoulders, all while still attempting to do the right thing. Will our hero come out victorious? Or will he melt under the pressure?

Best Student Film

DIRECTOR: Nathan Marquez

FILM DESCRIPTION: A deadly predator terrorizes a secluded cattle farm straining the bond between a grandfather and the two grandchildren thrust upon him to raise.

Best Original Screenplay – Feature

Black Mourning

WRITER: Briana Bougard

SCRIPT DESCRIPTION: When a mysterious Black girl is fostered by a racist woman, she soon finds out she comes from a family of powerful witches and uses the craft of hallucination to drive her tormentor to the point of insanity.

Best Original Screenplay – Short

The Knowledge Men Comp.

WRITER: Eric C. Jones

SCRIPT DESCRIPTION: A wise professor and his apprentice form a team of crusaders who use their levels of genius to help obtained an ancient relic from an evil organization.

Best Music Video

DIRECTOR: Marquelle Young

SCRIPT DESCRIPTION: Moving On is an artistic visualization of an emotional separating, when people that are not whole must learn to walk alone.

Best Song

ARTIST: Luke James Shaffer

DESCRIPTION: Created by multiple award winning music artist Luke James Shaffer, “Pressure” follows a kid named PRESSURE as he faces a slew of obstacles throughout the school day. He’s dealing with what feels like the weight of the world on his shoulders, all while still attempting to do the right thing. Will our hero come out victorious? Or will he melt under the pressure?

Best Actress

Felicia Miracle Cipolla

Best Actor

Cameron Johnson