SCFF 2021 WINNERS

SCFF2021 was a success due to the diverse array of thought-provoking films submitted from all over the world. We were simply blown away by the meaningful stories and stunning visuals. 

The selection process was intense and tough decisions were made.

We are proud to present the 2021 Sabira Cole Film Festival Award Winners and SCFF21 Official Selections below!

SCFF designates award winners in four prize categories: 

Feature-Length Documentary Film
Short Narrative or Documentary Film
Geraldyne B. Hill Award
Hometown Hero Award

SCFF offers a big THANK YOU to all filmmakers who submitted through Filmfreeway this year and congratulations to all of our Official Selection designees!

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Feature-LENGTH FILM CATEGORY

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1st Place

HOTEL IN THE KOPPIES

Directed by Charlie Vundla

Jabu is a young novelist tormented by his personal demons of alcohol and drug addiction. After a stint in rehab, and maintaining three months sobriety, he returns to Johannesburg, South Africa to serve on the jury of a film festival. However, his main purpose is to rekindle his relationship with his son, Timmy. He has grudgingly taken a job writing for a soap opera to support his child, while progress on his epic third novel has stalled. When his estranged wife announces she will take the boy to Europe for at least six months his plans, and sobriety, are thrown into question.

Roxanne is a young independent filmmaker who has recently broken into the mainstream. She has just signed with an agency in Hollywood and is attached to direct a big budget sci-fi thriller. However, she has just found out that she is pregnant from a one-night stand. With legal abortions now banned, and torn between her career and motherhood, she seeks solace in her new friend Jabu and through their shared experiences, disappointments and joys they seek to live their best lives.

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2nd Place

A PLACE CALLED WAHALA

Directed by Jürgen Ellinghaus

Every year the War Cemetery Memorial of Wahala / Chra in Togo (West Africa) hosts the 11th November Remembrance Day Ceremony in memory of the First World War and of the African colonial soldiers who died here in August 1914. The first German surrender in WWI was signed on the soil of the Reich's cherished “model colony” shortly after the Battle of Chra. It marked the end of German “Togoland”. But Wahala's history and its name point to another painful past. Wahala / Chra: a place where the voice of the ancients resonates with present day pictures...

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3rd Place

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

Directed by Servant

20 years of making documentary films, the opportunity to have a party, to celebrate a huge career, mine.
Pure happiness, that of making films about French West Indies for so many years, and that also of realizing that it is perhaps time to turn the page.

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SHORT-LENGTH FILM CATEGORY

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1st Place

DANCING IN MY SADNESS

Directed by Casual Affairs

A dark hip-hop song and its animated music video that tells the common story of a traffic stop going downhill, involving a young Black man and a White police officer.

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2nd Place

WE FOUND HIP HOP

Directed by Piper Carter

Women in Detroit use Hip Hop creating women-centered spaces to resist misogyny reclaiming self as a response to political and social narratives at the heart of an ongoing project.

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3rd Place

FAT STRIPPER

Directed by Alycia Cooper

After being hit with a pandemic, a struggling artist falls on hard times and is forced to return to the strip club where she worked twenty years prior.

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GERALDYNE B. HILL AWARDEES

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1st Place

TENOR

Directed by Rahi Abdullah

The celluloid story of a children's hidden pain is the main theme of Tenor. The father of the child, Ahad, has migrated to another country illegally through a middleman. The film deals with the pain, suffering, and various harassments of the immigrant who have migrated illegally these are struggles are protraid child's desire to get a football.

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2nd Place

BEING A CHILD

Directed by Victor Ajwang Ochieng

Through the surreal colors of an aged memory, we take a trip down memory lane to discover the true essence of childhood, and what it means to be a child.

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3rd Place

HARRIET: THE BLACK SWAN IN THE YEAR OF COVID-19

Directed by Klair Ethridge

Four seasons of the life of Harriet Tubman are told through ballet.
Spring Harriet: An enslaved girl
Summer Harriet: A young woman reaching for freedom
Autumn Harriet: A woman leading enslaved people to freedom
Winter Harriet: A mature woman reminisces about her purposeful life.

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THE HOMETOWN HERO AWARD

REMEMBER THEIR ROOTS

Directed by Eden Strachan

Remember Their Roots studies the impactful influence Black musicians have on the American music industry.

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