Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Award Winners: ‘Hollywoodgate,’ ‘1489,’ and More Take the Spotlight

Durham, North Carolina – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival recently concluded with a celebration of groundbreaking films and talented filmmakers. The festival, known for showcasing thought-provoking documentaries, recognized exceptional work in various categories. This year’s winners include diverse stories that captivated audiences and shed light on important issues. One of the highlights was “Hollywoodgate” directed by Ibrahim Nash’at, which received the prestigious Full Frame Grand Jury Award. The film delves into the underbelly of the entertainment industry, offering an intriguing exploration of the inner workings of Hollywood. Another standout was “1489” directed by Shoghakat … Read more

Groundbreaking Documentary ‘Grand Theft Hamlet’ Wins Top Prize at SXSW 2024 Film Festival

Austin, Texas – The winners of the major awards at SXSW 2024 have been announced by the film festival’s jury. The competition included categories such as narrative feature, documentary feature, and various short films, episodic works, and XR experiences. In the narrative feature competition, Tracie Laymon’s dramedy “Bob Trevino Likes It” took home the top prize. The film follows a young woman, played by Barbie Ferreira, who forms an unconventional bond with a man who shares the same name as her abusive father, portrayed by John Leguizamo. The top documentary award was presented to Pinny … Read more

Award-Winning Documentary ‘Dahomey’ Explores Europe’s Return of Looted Antiquities to Africa

Berlin, Germany – “Dahomey,” a thought-provoking documentary by director Mati Diop, has won the top prize at the Berlin film festival. The film explores the complex issues surrounding the return of looted antiquities from Europe to Africa. This year’s festival, the 74th annual event, was the first to feature Lupita Nyong’o as the first black jury president. The jury chose “Dahomey” as the winner out of 20 contenders for the prestigious Golden Bear award. In her acceptance speech, Diop expressed that the prize not only honored her but also the invisible and visible community that … Read more

Dahomey: French-Senegalese Documentary Wins Golden Bear at 74th Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin, Germany – French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s documentary, “Dahomey,” has been awarded the Golden Bear for the best film at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival. The film explores the return of plundered royal treasures from Paris to Benin, examining the complex response of the Benin culture to the artifacts. Diop made a political statement while accepting the award, expressing solidarity with Palestine. Lupita Nyong’o, the first Black and African president of the Berlinale jury, announced the winner. “Dahomey” is the second African film to win the top prize at Berlin. Hong Sangsoo’s “A Traveler’s … Read more