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Urbanworld Film Festival Announces Winners

Shantella Sherrman | 9/23/2012, 9:49 p.m.

The 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, has announced the winners of the narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, screenplay, teleplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 19-23 and concluded today with an awards reception at Tribeca Grill Loft, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO and hosted by actors Stephen Hill (Barbasol) and Tracy Heggins (The Last / First Kiss, Cherry Waves). Urbanworld, which screened 49 films this year (including 17 world premieres), is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color.

The 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:

Best Narrative Feature

FOUR

Directed by Joshua Sanchez

Honorable Mention:

Wolf - Directed by Ya'Ke Smith

Best Narrative Short

RECORD/PLAY

Directed by Jesse Atlas

Honorable Mention:

"Forever In Hiatus" - Directed by Andy Nguyen

Best Documentary Feature

SOUL FOOD JUNKIES

Directed by Byron Hurt

Honorable Mention:

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on 4 Strings - Directed by Tadashi Nakamura

Best Screenplay

"AGENT 12 & THE MESSIAH STONE"

Written by Peter Lord

Honorable Mention:

Escaping Bushwick - Written by Javier Ortiz

Best Teleplay

"NALA'S HEART"

Written by Pauline Gray

Audience Award

BARBASOL - Best Short

Directed by Ralph Scott

DOIN' IT IN THE PARK - Best Feature

Co-Directed by Kevin Couliau & Bobbito Garcia