The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 6-day celebration of black cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists and new audiences from Southern California and around the world.
HBFF was founded in 1998 by its executive director, Tanya Kersey, in order to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers through a public exhibition and competition program. The festival's goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.
In addition to the film screenings, the adjunct Infotainment Conference features dozens of informational seminars, panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which range from film production, distribution and marketing to pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs of interest to actors. Each year, more than 100 top film and television executives, filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, agents, attorneys, business managers and actors participate in the talk-show style panels, roundtable discussions and workshops.
A highlight of the Infotainment Conference is "A Conversation With…" a series of up-close-and-personal candid conversations with some of the industry's hottest movers and shakers. HBFF has been honored to have directors John Singeton ("2 Fast 2 Furious," "Baby Boy," "Shaft," "Boyz N The Hood"), George Tillman ("Soul Food, Barbershop") and St. Clair Bourne ("The Life and Works of Gordon Parks," "John Henrick Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk") and scribe Tina Andrews ("Why Do Fools Fall in Love?") participate in these enlightening and informative discussions.
The HBFF Pitchathon, among the most popular Infotainment Conference events, has become a MUST ATTEND for filmmakers and storytellers hoping to sell their idea, story, book or screenplay to Hollywood buyers. Participants get to pitch their story ideas to entertainment industry executives (film directors and producers, acquisitions, development, production and distribution executives), talent agents and greenlighters (people who make decisions on whether or not to "greenlight" a project) who will critique their concept/idea to examine its commercial potential in the today's film marketplace.
The juried HBFF Filmmaker & Storyteller Awards honor the achievements of the most promising black filmmakers and screenwriters. Films that screen during the festival compete for the following jury awards: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Student Film, and the HBFF Audience Choice Award. A separate HBFF Storyteller Competition awards scribes for their excellence in screenwriting. Closing Night is highlighted by the announcement of the crowd-favorite HBFF Audience Choice Award, which is selected by audience vote.
The HBFF Entertainment Industry Marketplace features an array of businesses and organizations displaying the latest in equipment and services of interest to the entertainment industry. The Marketplace provides a venue where companies can display products/services to a diverse market. The attendees include filmmakers, festival registrants, and local consumers.
Finally, more than 100 media outlets have provided extensive coverage of the Hollywood Black Film Festival, including the All News Channel, American Urban Radio Networks, AOL Digital City, Associated Press (AP), BackStage West, BRE Magazine, British Sky Broadcasting, Channel 5 Morning News Los Angeles, CHOU Radio & Print (Canada), Daily Variety, E! Entertainment, Entertainment Weekly, EURweb.com, Filmmaker Magazine, FilmThreat.com, Indiewire.com, People Magazine, Reuters, Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source Magazine, TV Tokyo/Japanese TV, UPI News, Upscale Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Travel.
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