Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) dubbed “The Black Sundance” posts the winners

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Winners of the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival. And just to make sure you do not forget their names they brought their large name tags to the red carpet. (Courtesy HBFF)

Founder and Executive Director, Tanya Kersey announced the 2013 Winners of HBFF. Winners received prize packages from Final Draft, Quick Film Budget, Lightspeed EPS, Entertainment Partners makers of Movie Magic, Writers Boot Camp, Act One, and Sony Creative Studio.  

BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ON THE RED CARPET

Tons of creative directors and producers this year with films to match at the HBFF.

Here is the list of award-winners and categorikes.

***FEATURE WINNER***


Hard Time Bus


Written by: Owen Mowatt

Directed by: Dean Charles

***SHORT WINNER***


If I Were a Bell

Written/Directed by: Sherese Robinson Lee

 ***Shorts HONORABLE MENTION***


Sunday’s At Noon


Written by: Lyric Anderson & Tami Roman


Directed by: Ka’ramuu Kush

***STUDENT WINNER***


Jump

Written by: Anthony Harper

Directed by: Not Provided

***Students HONORABLE MENTION***


Beyond the Echo of the Drum

Written by: Not Provided

Directed by: Lori Webster

 ***DOCUMENTARY WINNER***


Take Us Home


Written by: Aileen LeBlanc

Directed by: Aileen LeBlanc & Orly Malessa

***DOCUMENTARY HONORABLE MENTION***


In Search of the Black Knight

Written/Directed by: Tamarat Makonnen

***WEB SERIES WINNER***


Mommy Uncensored: Confessions
Of a Real Mom

Written by: 
Shannon Byrd, 
Adrian Dukes, 
Kellana Franklin, 
Charity Jordan
, Nell Maxwell, 
Zoie Sykes, 
Sonya Tate-Smith

Directed by: 
Christine Horn, 
Justin Jordan, 
David Kote, 
Sharell Luckett, 
Nik Mynyan

***FILM DIASPORA***

Malagasy Mankany (Legends of Madagascar)


Writer-director: Haminiaina Ratovarivony

***PROJECT STARGAZER***

The finalists will begin Project Stargazer Lab in January 2014, where they will be paired with mentors from the entertainment industry and NASA while they further develop their Sci-Fi ideas into a feature length screenplay at Writers Boot Camp over the course of nine months.

Beyond Heaven

 by: Ronald Taylor, Los Angeles, CA

Brought Up

by: Rashim Cannad and Tarina Pouncy, Los Angeles, CA

Mira Bane

 by: Arvel Chappell III and Michael J. Martinez, Los Angeles, CA

 ***STORYTELLER COMPETITION***

1st place Winner:  Esteem Ladies of Hope – Shington Lamy, Tallahassee, FL 
2nd place: The Pack – Bond of Blood, Devvin Mattison, Arlington, TX

3rd place:  Madame Charlie – Nadria Tucker, Los Angeles, CA

Happy folks on the red carpet of the HBFF, one of the best film festivals in Hollywood this year. (courtesy HBFF).

***TWINKIE BYRD’S MONOLOGUE SLAM ***

Kyla Garcia, Los Angeles, CA

The Hollywood Black Film Festival was held at the W Hotel, one of the best places in West Hollywood for just about any lively entertainment event.

About the HBFF

Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences.

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.

Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Fest has plenty of celebrity red carpet events and powerful films

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on the red carpet with HBFF

Stars on the red carpet last the Hollywood Black Film Festival last year. (Courtesy HBFF)

 Closing Night Red Carpet Premiere of “THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE” Starring Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Anthony Mackie and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

WHO:              American Idol winner Jordin Sparks(Sparkle), Skylan BrooksEthan Dizon, DirectorGeorge Tillman and other celebrities in attendance

WHAT: Hollywood Black Film Festival’s- Finale- Red Carpet

Jordin Sparks as "Alice" is featured with Ethan Dizon as "Pete" during filming

Premiere screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury from Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company. HBFF 2013 runs October 2 -6 and features an inspiring line up of films, panels, panelists, and special events. 

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough. During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s (Skylan Brooks) hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects.

Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. Visit www.MisterandPeteMovie.com for film information & updates. Follow the social conversation at #MisterAndPete

WHERE:          Montalban Theater

1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA

WHEN:                        Sunday, October 6, 2013

5:00 PM – Media Check-in

6:00 PM – Red Carpet Arrivals

7:00 PM – Film Begins

“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” followed by Q&A

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Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival is in full swing.

About the HBFF

Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. 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.  

About Codeblack Films

Codeblack Films, a division of leading global entertainment company LIONSGATE®, is a vertically integrated film production and distribution company focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands cross platform monetization solutions. Entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan founded Codeblack in 2012.

Codeblack’s core objective is to super serve the global Black community with quality programming and help its content and brand partners access the enormous spending power of the rapidly growing African-American consumer market. Codeblack’s understanding of the social context of this fast evolving market — values, attitudes, behavior and current and emerging trends — provides the Company with a unique ability to position its content and brand partners in the center of influence.