ABFF creates new award category in honor of John Singleton

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(Last Updated On: June 18, 2019)

Photo credit: American Black Film Festival (2017 Business Talk Series ABFF Workshop)

The American Black Film Festival paid tribute to award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and director, John Singleton, with the creation of “The John Singleton Best First Feature” Award at the close of this year’s festival.

The trailblazing filmmaker, whose iconic film Boyz n the Hood earned him an Oscar nomination as the film’s director, died from complications of a stroke at the age of 51 in April at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

The new award will be presented for the first time at next year’s festival to an aspiring filmmaker. Singleton’s daughter, Justice, announced the new award category in honor of her father’s contributions in the film industry.

ABFF also paid tribute to Singleton by closing out this year’s Festival screening schedule with a screening of Boyz n The Hood. The awards show was hosted by actress Erica Ash at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel with a musical performance by Jacob Latimore.

Below is a list of films receiving awards during the 2019 American Black Film Festival, including the Festival’s first award presented to a female director, Numa Perrier, for the film Jezebel:

2019 ABFF Film Festival Winners

Audience Award – Best Narrative Feature (presented by BET Networks: Prize: $10,000) 
All In directed by Ibrahim Yilla

Jury Award – Best Narrative Feature (presented by Prudential Financial; Prize: $5,000)
Jezebel directed by Numa Perrier

Jury Award – Best Web Series (presented by Verizon Media; Prize: $2,500) 
Little Apple directed by Riley S. Wilson

ABFF HBO Short Film (Prize: $10,000 for winner; $5,000 for finalists)
CAP written and directed by Marshall Tyler

Jury Award – Best Screenplay (presented by ABFF; Prize: $2,500)
Strive written by Piper Dellums and Sha-Risse Smith

Jury Award – Best Documentary (presented by ABFF; Prize $2,500)
One Child Left Behind by Jodi Gomes

Jury Award – Best Performance by a Lead Actor (presented by AT&T Dream in Black; Prize: $2,500) Essence Atkins in Same Difference

Jury Award – Best Director (presented by Cadillac; Prize: $5,000) 
Numa Perrier, Jezebel