Jihan El-Tahri's French production Cuba, An African Odyssey was named best documentary and Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy Of The Nile Valley took the audience award. In the short narrative category, the juried narrative and documentary prizes went to Kwame and Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, respectively.
Maria Govan won the best first feature by a director award for her Bahamian tale Rain, while the director's award for narrative feature went to Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck for Sugar and to David E Simpson for his documentary Milking The Rhino.
'With over 30 world and US premieres, this year's lineup is a remarkable representation of the African cinematic landscape from the United States and across the globe,' the festival's senior programming consultant Sharifa Johka said. 'Los Angeles has a large international population and I am so excited to bring this diverse and exciting program to this community.'
The festival ran from February 5-16.