Battle of the year! "Planet B-Boy" won the SF International Asian American Film Festival's documentary competition. (Photo courtesy SFIAAFF)

SFIAAFF's winners

Susan Gerhard March 21, 2008

Boys will be boys, or b-boys, if you look at the winners of the 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, announced last night, the final SF night for the annual SFIAAFF. Winners of the Narrative Feature Jury Prize (a tie with Santa Mesa), as well as Best Documentary, were b-boy movies, Always Be Boys and Planet B-Boy, respectively. While breakdancing in the U.S. has certainly seen better days (a U.S. team has not won the international “Battle of the Year” since 1998), the art has been taken up with a vengeance by Asians, with Korean teams a particularly dominant force. Last night, they came up on top again. The complete list of awardees, in case you missed it live, is here at SF360. The Festival moves to San Jose March 21-23.

1. Narrative Feature Jury Prize (tie): Always Be Boys (John Kwon) and Santa Mesa (Ron Morales)

2. Best Narative Feature Award: Amal (Richie Mehta)

3. Documentary Feature Jury Prize: Wings of Defeat (Risa Morimoto)

4. Best Documentary Award: Planet B-Boy (Benson Lee)

5. Comcast Audience Award, Best Doc: Planet B-Boy (Benson Lee)

6. Comcast Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature: Om Shanti Om (Farah Khan)

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