Emmy-nominated Actor/Author Dondré Whitfield Hosted the  

Inspiring Celebration of Winners 

LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2022 – The 2022 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced the Best of the ABFF Award winners. The spirited and inspirational presentation hosted by three-time Emmy-nominated actor and author Dondré Whitfield was an on-point wrap to the exhilarating five-day festival with producer/director/actress Issa Rae the Festival Ambassador. The 26th annual festival returned live to Miami, June 15-19 and continues virtually through June 30 with independent films, the Best of the ABFF Awards and more programming on its custom-designed online platform ABFF PLAY ( 

The Best of ABFF Awards include winners in the official film selection categories — narrative and documentary features, web series and the 25th HBO Short Film Award Showcase, as well as its talent pipeline program comprised of national casting and writing competitions.  

The Jury Award winners are:   

  • Best Narrative Feature – Our Father, the Devil 

Produced by Ellie Foumbi, Joseph Mastantuono; Directed by Ellie Foumbi   

Prize:  $2,500, presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment  

  • Best Director, Narrative Feature – Kali Baker-Johnson, Feel Like Ghosts 

Prize:  $5,000, presented by Cadillac 

  • Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature – Feel Like Ghosts 

    Written by Kali Baker-Johnson 

    Prize: 2,500, presented by TV One 
  • John Singleton Award – Best First Feature – Our Father, The Devil 

    Directed by Ellie Foumbi 

    Prize:  $5,000, presented by Netflix   
  • Best Documentary Feature – A Woman on the Outside 

Produced by Kiara C. Jones, Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville; Directed by Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville 

Prize:  $2,500, presented by Prime Video 

  • Best Web Series – Mine 

    Directed by Randall Dottin, Luisa Dantas 

Prize:  $2,500, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal 

  • HBO Short Film Award – Another Country  

    Directed by Sherif Alabede 

            Prize: $10,000 for winner, $5,000 each for four finalists presented by  

Warner Bros. Discovery 

The Talent Pipeline Program winners are: 

  • ALLBLK’s Shoot Your Shot Casting Call – Javon Terrell 

    Prize:  Role in upcoming ALLBLK Original series Judge Me Not  

  • Warner Bros. Discovery Writers Initiative, One-Hour Drama 

    Deion Higginbotham – The Saints 

    Prize: $5,000 
  • Warner Bros. Discovery Writers Initiative, Half-Hour Drama 

    Diara Newman – Townhall  

    Prize:  $5,000 

The Fan Favorite as determined by the ABFF’s audience presented by American Airlines will be announced on the ABFF social platforms on July 1. 

ABFF sponsors and partners include Warner Bros. Discovery & HBOÒ (Founding); Cadillac, City of Miami Beach, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Prime Video (Presenting); American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Meta, Bounce TV, Black Experience on Xfinity, UPS, IMDb (Premier); ALLBLK, Prudential Financial, Variety, TV One, Netflix, Starz, Disney+, Onyx Collective (Official); Accenture, Motion Pictures Association (MPA), A&E, The SpringHill Company, The Boston Globe, Color Of Change, Confluential Films, Arrington & Phillips, Fulton Films, BET Her, Morgan Stanley, Miami Beach VCA, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Supporting); Endeavor Content and DC Office of Television (Industry). 

For more information about ABFF, visit Follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram and Facebook.  


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