The on-site edition of the 12th American Film Festival has come to an end. This year's winners were revealed at the closing gala. As always, AFF’s audience played the role of the jury, by voting for their favorites.
Out of 16 feature films in the Spectrum section, viewers chose Down with the King directed by Diego Ongaro.
Down with the King is full of warmth, empathy and full-blooded heroes. One of them is the famous rapper Merc (played by Freddie Gibbs, a hip-hop artist also off-screen), who decides to take a break from the music industry. He goes to live in a small town and starts life in a completely new incarnation.
Out of 9 documentaries in the American Docs section, the audience awarded the Workhorse Queen directed by Angela Washko.
Workhorse Queen takes us to Rochester – a classic U.S. city with a thriving drag queen scene. This is Ed Popil's hometown, where he plays the role of Ms. Kasha Davis, a cordial and exaggerated domestic hen straight from a sitcom. The documentary is a story about him searching for his own place, both professionally and personally.
The winning film from the Spectrum section received an award of $10,000 – funded by the New Horizons Association, while the winner of the American Docs section received $5,000 dollars – an award funded by BNY Mellon.
During the on-site edition of AFF, attendees saw a total of 110 feature-length films, of which 54 were shown in Poland for the first time. Moreover, one of the most important representatives of U.S. counterculture was a guest of this year’s festival – John Waters, who received the Indie Star Award. An accolade honoring remarkable representatives of independent U.S. cinema.
However, this is not the end of the film excitement! During the weeks of December 1-14, we invite you to the online edition of the festival. A detailed program of the American Film Festival online, will be revealed tomorrow at noon. Also, sales of single tickets and access packages for 5, 10 or 30 films will start tomorrow.