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Denton Black Film Festival

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5th Annual Denton Black Film Festival, Largest Ever, Announces Award-Winning Films

In another record-setting year of attendance, the Denton Black Film Festival announced the winners of its 2019 awards, recognizing emerging filmmakers from around the country and talented college students.

The festival featured 64 films that were screened January 23 to January 27, 2019, including 16Bars, a film produced by Todd “Speech” Thomas of the popular rap group Arrested Development, and a spirited festival closing concert with Grammy-award winning artist Kirk Whalum and the University of North Texas’ internationally acclaimed One O’Clock Band.

The events occurred at various venues in Denton where more than 7,000 enthusiastic participants laughed, cried, discussed, debated and danced their way through the weekend. In addition to the films and live music, there was comedy (featuring Piper the Comedian and Comedian Joel Runnells, Jr.), art shows (showcasing “Life Stories: The Quilts of Barbara McCraw” and an exhibit of work by fibers artist Taylor Barnes), and workshops on a range of subjects through the DBFF Institute (including black cinema, marketing as an independent filmmaker and intellectual property, as well as social justice-oriented panels on human trafficking and bias.

“We had so many outstanding films to choose from this year,” said Linda Eaddy, the festival’s director of the film programming, who has curated a collection that champions student filmmakers, along with highlighting local, national, and international independent filmmakers. “In our fifth year, we had more films than ever with more than 70 percent of the films premiering at our festival. We’re thrilled this festival is becoming a place for filmmakers to showcase their work.”

The award sponsors are Panavision, Distribber, Embassy Suites by Denton, the Denton Convention Center, PoorChild Films and the Denton Black Film Festival.

Here’s a list of the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions:

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURES 
WINNER 
Alaska Is A Drag 
Director Shaz Bennett 
The winner receives a $20,000 camera package, courtesy of Panavision.

RUNNER – UP 
1 Angry Black Man 
Director Menelek Lumumba

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURES 
WINNER 
The Mayor’s Race 
Director Loraine Blumenthal 
The winner receives a contract with Distribber, who will distribute the film on Amazon, Google Play and a strategy session with me of the company’s senior executives.

RUNNER – UP 
Black, White & US 
Director Loki Mulholland

BEST SHORT FILMS 
WINNER 
The Beach 
Director Toroes Thomas 
The winner receives a contract with Distribber, who will distribute the film on Amazon, Google Play and a strategy session with me of the company’s senior executives.

RUNNER – UP 
Training Wheels 
Director Sandrel “Sanicole” Young

HONORABLE MENTION 
Little Church 
Director Zachary Cunningham

BEST COLLEGE SHORT FILMS 
WINNER 
Skintight 
Director Ciara Boniface

RUNNER – UP 
Showtime 
Director Shawn Antoine II

BEST TEXAS SHORT FILMS 
WINNER 
Don’t Drink the Water 
Director Issa Currie

RUNNER – UP- TIE 
Alora 
Director Nicholas Muthersbaugh 
RUNNER–UP- TIE 
Pound 
Director Anjola Coker

BEST TEXAS COLLEGE SHORT FILMS 
Skintight 
Director Ciara Boniface

RUNNER – UP 
Street Flame 
Director Katherine Propper

Posted online: https://www.prweb.com/releases/fifth_annual_denton_black_film_festival_the_largest_ever_announces_award_winning_films/prweb16093444.htm. 

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