‘Mermaid,’ ‘Ladies’ win at AFI Dallas

Films awarded $25,000 each

“Mermaid”, Anna Melikyan’s Russian coming-of-age drama, and Daniel Junge’s and Siatta Scott Johnson’s docu on the first female president of Liberia, “Iron Ladies of Liberia,” won the Target Ten Filmmaker awards at the 2nd annual AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Both films will pocket a $25,000 cash prize each.

David Pomes’ drama of meth addiction, “Cook County,” won $20,000 in cash, goods and services with the MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award.

Josh Tickell’s doc “Fields of Fuel” won Current Energy Earth Friendly Award, which comes with $10,000 cash.

Audience awards went to Richie Mehta’s “Amal” for best narrative and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ “The Black List” for best doc.

AFI Dallas artistic director Michael Cain said, “Having our award winners represent five different countries including Russia, Mexico, Canada and Congo speaks to the fact that we are bringing the best films from all over the world to the audiences here in Dallas.”

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