“Dear Mandela,” “Brooklyn Castle” triumph at Brooklyn Film Festival

Dear Mandela (pictured) picked up best documentary honors, Brooklyn Castle's Katie Dellamaggiore won best new director, and My Brooklyn and Gut Renovation shared the audience award for best documentary.
June 12, 2012

Organizers of the Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) have awarded directors┬áDara Kell and Christopher Nizza’s Dear Mandela best documentary honors.

The film, which follows a group of South African friends that fight to stop government plans to close down shantytowns, made its U.S. premiere at the festival.

Other 2012 winners include Brooklyn Castle director Katie Dellamaggiore, who picked up the award for best new director; director Antonio Tibaldi, who picked up the documentary Spirit Award for his film [S]Comparse; and Kelly Anderson’s My Brooklyn, which shared the documentary audience award with Su Friedrich’s Gun Renovation.

This year, the BFF awarded a total of $57,000 in prizes and film services. The festival, which ran from June 1-10 at Indiescreen in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights Cinema, presented 104 films from 29 different countries, including 28 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres, 25 East Coast premieres and 21 New York premieres.

The films were selected from more than 2,000 submissions from 111 countries. The BFF also showcased films by more than 30 New York City-based film directors and more than a dozen projects that were shot in Brooklyn.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.