Third Time’s The Charm for PAFF Award Winner Julius Amedume

His latest drama which stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jack Coleman and Kathleen McClellan received a Pan African Film Festival Award.

Julius Amedume’s sinister thriller “Rattlesnakes” took home the top prize at the 27th Annual Pan African Film Festival, which wrapped in Los Angeles on Monday.

Produced by Jimmy Jean-Louis who also has a starring role in the project, the film which is based on Graham Farrow’s 1997​ stage-play received the Audience Award – Narrative Feature at the festival and earned Amedume his third PAFF accolade.Jimmy and Julius

The Ghanaian-British filmmaker previously received a Pan African Film Festival award for Best Feature in 2007 for his gripping film “A Goats Tail” and in 2011 he also won PAFF’s Best Short Film award for “Precipice.”

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“I have been here quite a few times before. This festival has been very supportive of my work and I am happy to have been able to come to America and share this feature film and world premiere it here at PAFF,” said Amedume whose credits include “The Phone Call” which screened at PAFF in 2003.Adisa and Malik Barnhardy (Skin In The Game - Best First Feature Narrative Award)

52 narrative features, 24 feature-length documentaries, 87 short narratives and 30 shorts from 38 countries in 28 languages were screened at the festival which kicked off Feb 7th with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s rare concert documentary, “Amazing Grace.”

PAFF’s Best Narrative Feature went to the Storm Saulter helmer “Sprinter“, a Jamaican drama about a high-school kid with aspirations to become a first-class world athlete while Melissa Haizlip’s “Mr. Soul!” received the Best Feature Documentary.  The PAFF Programmers’ Award – Narrative Feature went to the Nigerian drama “​Lara and the Beat” directed by Tosin Coker and “Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story” received Best Documentary Feature. Other PAFF award winners included Best First Feature Narrative which went to director Adisa’s “Skin in the Game,” a film which explores the underground world of human trafficking.

(Pictured top): Jimmy Jean-Louis and Julius Amedum (bottom): Adisa and Malik Barnhardy at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival  in Los Angeles. (Photos by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

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