Magazine article Screen International

AFI DOCS Unveils Winners

Magazine article Screen International

AFI DOCS Unveils Winners

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This year's festival, which ran June 19-23, hosted more than 19,000 attendees with 53 films screened representing 30 countries.

AFI DOCS presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) has unveiled its Audience Award winners for 2013.

Yoruba Richen's The New Black [pictured] scooped the Audience Award for Best Feature. The film examines how African-American voters have become divided on the issue of gay marriage and focuses on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

The Audience Award for Best Short went to Joshua Izenberg's Slomo which follows John Kitchin, a doctor who traded his medical practice for rollerblades, and explores the neurological and spiritual joys of slow acceleration.

Festival director Sky Sitney commented: "While this was a transformational year for the Festival with an expanded footprint into the heart of Washington, DC, at our core remains a commitment to celebrating the best in the documentary form.

"The tremendous enthusiasm and response to the film program and its related panels surpassed even our highest expectations. …

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