Top Wins at 2022 American Black Film Festival

Films “Our Father, the Devil,” and “Feel Like Ghosts” received multiple accolades

Still from the ABFF 2022 Best Narative Feature "Our Father, the Devil." Marie Cissé (Babetida Sadjo) works as the head chef at a retirement home in small-town France.

The American Black Film Festival announced this year’s Best of ABFF award winners. The most notable wins were for the films “Our Father, the Devil,” and “Feel Like Ghosts.”

After two years of virtual programming, ABFF returned to Miami Beach for its 26th edition, with live events held from June 15-19, 2022.

The thriller film “Our Father, the Devil,” directed by Ellie Foumbi, bagged Best Narrative Feature and John Singleton Award Best First Feature.

Meanwhile, Director and Writer Kali Baker-Johnson won Best Director and Best Screenplay for “Feel Like Ghosts.”

The 2022 winners were announced by Emmy nominee Dondré Whitfield, who hosted the ceremony on the final day of ABFF’s in-person program.


A virtual presentation of the event was available to view on the custom-designed online platform, ABFF PLAY, until June 30, 2022.

The Best of ABFF Awards include winners in the official film selection categories — narrative and documentary features, web series and the 25th HBO Short Film Award Showcase, decided by a jury.

Other highlight awards from the festival include:

  • Best Documentary Feature – “A Woman on the Outside,” produced by Kiara C. Jones, Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville; directed by Zara Katz, Lisa Riordan Seville
  • Best Web Series – “Mine,” directed by Randall Dottin, Luisa Dantas
  • HBO Short Film Award – “Another Country,” directed by Sherif Alabede

The American Black Film Festival is the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts, professionals and students. This year’s festival featured over 200 films, including features, shorts, web series and documentaries from around the world. The festival celebrates the achievements of Black filmmakers and honors the legacies of those who came before them.

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