The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts FestivalCongratulates Guy Nativ’s SKIN, One of PAFF 2019’s Short Films, on Winning the Oscar for Live Action Short

The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival is proud to announce that one of the short films in this year’s festival, SKIN, directed by Guy Nativ, won the Oscar for Live Action Short on Sunday evening. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films.

The 2019 festival opened with an exclusive screening of Aretha Franklin’s legendary Amazing Grace concert film on February 7 at the Director’s Guild of America, wrapped up on February 18 by showcasing film and music from the next generation of filmmakers. The winners of the 2019 Pan African Filmmakers Awards were announced on the final day at the annual Filmmaker Brunch, followed by screenings with stars such as Common, Sherri Shepherd, Dante Brown and Xzibit.

America’s largest international black film festival screened over 190 films, exhibited over 100 fine artists and unique crafts, and hosted a robust offering of panels and community events during African American Heritage Month at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Oscar-qualifying festival’s 2019 Filmmaker Awards winners included Sprinter (Jamaica), directed by Storm Saulter (Best Narrative Feature,) Mr Soul! (US), directed by Melissa Haizlip (Best Feature Documentary,) Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (UK) directed by Sophie Huber (Programmer’s Documentary Feature) and Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story (US) Directed by Art L. Jones (Audience Award, Documentary Feature.)


Best Narrative Feature
Sprinter (Jamaica) Directed by Storm Saulter
Honorable Mention: Ellen (South Africa) Directed by Daryne Joshua

Best First Feature Narrative
Skin in the Game (US) Directed by Adisa
Honorable Mention: Veronica’s Wish (Uganda) Directed by Rehema Nanfuka

Best Feature Documentary
Mr. Soul! (US) Directed by Melissa Haizlip
Honorable Mention: Oliver Tambo Have You Heard from Johannesburg (South Africa/Netherlands/ UK/US) Directed by Connie Field

Best Short Documentary
120 Years (US) Directed by Matt Nadel & Lukas Cox
Honorable Mention: The Infamous Future (US) Directed by Richard Butterworth

Best Short Narrative
Twelfth Round (Australia) Directed by Nir Shelter
Honorable Mention: Time 2 Surrender, Directed by Elvis Nolasco

PAFF Programmers’ Award – Narrative Short
The Fisherman (Ghana) Directed by Zoey Martinson

PAFF Programmers’ Award – Documentary Short
Sincerely, The Black Kids (US) Directed by Miles Iton

PAFF Programmers’ Award – Documentary Feature
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (UK) Directed by Sophie Huber &
Boss: The Black Experience in Business (US) Directed by Stanley Nelson

PAFF Programmers’ Award – Narrative Feature
Lara and the Beat (Nigeria) Directed by Tosin Coker

PAFF Directors’ Award – Feature Documentary
Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard from Johannesburg (South Africa/Netherlands/ UK/US) Directed by Connie Field

PAFF Directors’ Award – Feature Narrative
Nine Nights (UK) Veronica McKenzie

PAFF Directors’ Award – Narrative Short
Bail (UK) Directed by Kwame Lestrade

PAFF Directors’ Award – Documentary Short
Power to Heal (US) Directed by Charles Burnett & Daniel Loewenthal

Audience Award – Short Documentary
Bakosó: Afrobeats de Cuba (US) Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Audience Audience Award – Narrative Short
Pas Honteux (US) Directed by John D. Tucker

Audience Award – Documentary Feature
Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story (US) Directed by Art L. Jones

Audience Award – Narrative Feature
Rattlesnakes (UK/US) Directed by Julius Amedume