2017 Award Winners

Grand Jury Award Best Director

presented by Cadillac (Prize: $25,000)

Eden Marryshow – “Bruce”

Director: Eden Marryshow | Writer: Eden Marryshow, Jesse Marryshow | Exec Producer: Gene Pope, Sasha Lewis, and Eden Marryshow | Producer: Sasha Lewis, Cesa Pledger, and Eden Marryshow | Cast: Eden Marryshow, Jason Tottenham, Mlè Chester, Cesa Pledger

Grand Jury Award Best Narrative Feature

presented by Prudential (Prize: $5,000)

“Ambition’s Debt” – directed by Devin E. Haqq

Director: Devin E. Haqq | Writer: William Shakespeare (adapted by Devin E. Haqq) | Producer: Josh Wick, Devin E. Haqq, Brandt Adams, George Lyon, Tony Grocki | Cast: Nathan Darrow, Peter McRobbie, Kathleen Chalfant, Billy Eugene Jones, Carra Patterson, Pernell Walker

HBO Short Film Award

presented by HBO (Prize: $10,000)

“Amelia’s Closet” – written and directed by Halima Lucas

Writer and Director: Halima Lucas

Star Project Winner

presented by NBCUniversal

Duain Richmond

TV One Screenplay Competition Winner

presented by TV One (Prize: $5,000 and a production deal)

“Down for Whatever” – a drama written by Tim Folsome

Turner TV Writing Contest Winners

presented by Turner

Darrin Dortch “Short Changed” (Comedy)

Derege Harding “Fulfillment” (Drama)

Best Web Original

presented by Xfinity (Prize: $2,500)

Brooklyn.Blue.Sky – created by Rhavynn Drummer and Dui Jarrod

Creators: Rhavynn Drummer, Dui Jarrod | Writers: Rhavynn Drummer, Dui Jarrod | Directors: Rhavynn Drummer, Dui Jarrod | Producers: Rhavynn Drummer , Dui Jarrod, Antwan Jones, Patrick Ryan Morris | Principle Cast: Jenelle Simone Valle, Michael Oloyede, LA Rivers, Roland Lane, Maggie Bell Caplis, Adiagha Faizah, Nicollete Ellis, Shannon Wallace, Ahni Bright, Donovan Christie Jr., Briana Swann-Christie

Comedy Wings Winner

presented by HBO


NBC TV Hosting Workshop Winners

presented by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

Andrea Laing & Megan Thomas