Black Reel Award for Outstanding Independent Film

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Independent Film. This award is presented to the directors of the film.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Film Director(s) Ref
The Visit Jordan Walker-Pearlman [1]
30 Years to Life Vanessa Middleton
Blue Hill Avenue Craig Ross Jr.
Lift DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter
Lumumba Raoul Peck
One Week Carl Seaton
Standing in the Shadows of Motown Paul Justman [2]
Biggie & Tupac Nick Broomfield
Crazy as Hell Eriq La Salle
Anne B. Real Lisa France [3]
All About You Christine Swanson
G Shonie De La Rosa and Larry Blackhorse Lowe
The Woodsman Nicole Kassell [4]
Motives Craig Ross Jr.
Woman Thou Art Loosed Michael Schultz
Unknown Winner [5]
Bastards of the Party Cle Sloan
Letter to the President Thomas Gibson
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till Keith Beauchamp
A Killing in Choctaw Chike Nwoffiah
Traci Townsend Craig Ross Jr. [6]
No. 2 Toa Fraser
Premium Pete Chatmon
2008 N/A


Year Film Director(s) Ref
Mississippi Damned Tina Mabry [7]
Sugar Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
This is the Life Ava DuVernay
Preacher's Kid Stan Foster [8]
Black Venus Abdellatif Kechiche
Finding God in the City of Angels Jennifer Jessum
Kings of the Evening Andrew P. Jones
Toe to Toe Emily Abt
My Last Day Without You Stefan Schaefer [9]
Besouro João Daniel Tikhomiroff
Billy Peter Burger
Mamitas Nicholas Ozeki
The Tested Russell Costanzo
LUV Sheldon Candis [10]
Elza Mariette Monpierre
Four Joshua Sanchez
The Last Fall Matthew A. Cherry
Yelling to the Sky Victoria Mahoney
Blue Caprice Alexandre Moors [11]
Mother of George Andrew Dosunmu
Things Never Said Charles Murray
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Terence Nance
Go for Sisters John Sayles
The Retrieval Chris Eska [12]
1982 Tommy Oliver
Christmas Wedding Baby Kiara C. Jones
CRU Alton Glass
Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind Richie Adams
Tangerine Sean S. Baker [13]
Blackbird Patrik-Ian Polk
Knucklehead Ben Bowman
The Man in 3B Trey Haley
Somewhere in the Middle Lanre Olabisi
American Honey Andrea Arnold [14]
How to Tell You’re a Douchebag Tahir Jetter
Hunter Gatherer Joshua Locy
The Land Steven Caple Jr.
Morris from America Chad Hartigan


  1. ^ 2002 Black Reel Awards
  2. ^ 2003 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2004 Black Reel Awards
  4. ^ 2005 Black Reel Awards
  5. ^ 2006 Black Reel Awards
  6. ^ 2007 Black Reel Awards
  7. ^ 2010 Black Reel Awards
  8. ^ 2011 Black Reel Awards
  9. ^ 2012 Black Reel Awards
  10. ^ "Critics Wild About Beasts". Black Reel Awards. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "2014 Black Reel Awards - Nominees". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  12. ^ 2015 Black Reel Awards
  13. ^ 2016 Black Reel Awards
  14. ^ 2017 Black Reel Awards