Instead of an in-person film festival this year, Urbanworld went all virtual for five days of screenings and conversations, and we attended as usual!
Urbanworld, the nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival, screened 98 official selections, hosted four spotlight
screenings with conversations, eight separate spotlight conversations, seven Creativity Uncovered conversations, and
featured four original screenplay finalists at this year’s virtual Urbanworld 2020 Film Festival.
In addition to the below winners, the festival opened with The Water Man (David Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut), closed with Come Away (Brenda Chapman’s live-action directorial debut), and also included SXSW selection The Donut King, Waikiki, the upcoming Luis Miranda HBO documentary Siempre, Luis, the upcoming HBO Max film Charm City Kings, A Shot Through the Wall, Netflix’s The Forty-Year-Old Version, and Millennium Bugs. Apart from the films, there were conversations about Nia DaCosta’s upcoming Candyman and Justin Simien’s upcoming Bad Hair.
The 2020 Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE (U.S. CINEMA) – The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (David Midell)
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE (WORLD CINEMA) – Salvation (Carmen Sangion)
Honorable Mention – Hoy (Ricardo B’atz’)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – The Donut King (Alice Gu)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – “My Father The Mover” (Julia Jansch)
BEST YOUNG CREATOR – “Nahjum” (Sebastian Torres Greene & Manuel Del Valle)
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT – “White Eye” (Tomer Shushan)
Honorable Mention – “Elephant” (Gladys San Juan)
BEST ANIMATION SHORT – “Windup” (Yibing Jiang)
BEST WEB ORIGINAL – “East of LaBrea” (Sam Bailey)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO – Rapsody Feat. Leikeli 47 “Oprah” (Farah X)
BEST SCREENPLAY – If You Seek Britney (Ama Quao)
VIMEO STAFF PICK – “Eagle” (Jose Acevedo)
You can find this year’s slate on the Urbanworld site and additional information on the winning films in their press release. You can also catch up on the conversations archived on their Vimeo. Stay tuned for further film coverage of the festival in the coming days!