Black Harvest Film Festival Awards

Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Prize

The fourth annual Sandor Prize will be awarded to the short film director of the best short film screened in the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival.

New this year is the inaugural Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize for the director of the best feature film screening in the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. Both films are chosen by a prestigious jury.


Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award

Each year the Legacy Award is presented to an individual who has a history of contributing to or a substantial impact on the arts in Chicago as it relates to the Black community. 

Award will be presented in person on Sunday, November 14 at 6pm prior to the screening of MAYA & HER LOVER.

Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey began his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series of photographs, “Harlem, USA,” that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. His work has since been the subject of numerous exhibitions and retrospectives at museums and galleries worldwide.

His most recent retrospective exhibition Dawoud Bey: An American Project opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in early 2020 and traveled to the High Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His work has been the subject of several monographic publications, and his writings have appeared in a range of publications.

Bey is the recipient of the McArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Howard University among others.

Dawoud Bey has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art, and is currently Professor of Art and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998.

Photo Credit: Whitten Sabbatini