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24-Apr-2014 9:09am PDT  

 

Hollywood Black Film Festival

13 Annual October 02, 2013 to October 06, 2013

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Narrative Feature Film
Narrative feature films should be at least 60 minutes in length and completed after September 1, 2012. The Hollywood Black Film Festival welcomes film submissions from all filmmakers, however to be eligible for our competitive program one of the film's creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program. Failure to notify the festival of your eligibility status can/will result in disqualification of your submission.
Short Film
Short films should be 30 minutes in length or less and completed after September 1, 2012. The Hollywood Black Film Festival welcomes film submissions from all filmmakers, however to be eligible for our competitive program one of the film's creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program. Failure to notify the festival of your eligibility status can/will result in disqualification of your submission
Student Film
Student films must have been completed while the filmmaker was enrolled as a full or part-time student. One of the film's creative principals i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. A valid copy of your student identification must be included with your submission.
Documentary
Documentary films must have been completed after September 1, 2012. The Hollywood Black Film Festival welcomes film submissions from all filmmakers, however to be eligible for our competitive program one of the film's creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program. Failure to notify the festival of your eligibility status can/will result in disqualification of your submission
Storyteller Competition
The HBFF Storyteller Competition gives writers of color the chance to have their work read and evaluated by working industry professionals. The process is simple: upload your script (according the rules and regulations) and we distribute them for evaluation to story editors, readers, producers and writers. Submissions are scored based on originality, structure, marketability and appearance, among other criteria. The top ten (10) scripts become semi-finalists in the Storyteller Competition. During the festival, storyteller semi-finalists participate in a workshop led by a top industry dynamo. Three (3) finalists are chosen from the top ten (10). Excerpts from the top three (3) scripts are read during a Live Staged Reading at the festival. Competition winners are revealed at the Closing Night Ceremonies.
Web Series
Web series submissions must be created with the intention of distribution on the world wide web or a mobile media platform and completed within the 2012-2013 calendar year. Three (3) webisodes from the same series will be accepted. Each individual episode can not exceed 10 minutes in length.
Project Stargazer
Project Stargazer, a new partnership with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is accepting story ideas that clearly feature one or more NASA technologies as a plot element in the story. Submissions must include a logline, synopsis, treatment and an artistic statement describing your creative vision for the project. Completed scripts are not required.
Film Diaspora
The Hollywood Black Film Festival launches a new sidebar, Film Diaspora, that will highlight independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Films submitted to compete in this category must have been produced by filmmakers residing outside the U.S. in Africa, the Caribbean or Latin America.

Narrative feature films must be at least 60 minutes in length and completed after September 1, 2011.

Short films may be no longer than 30 minutes in length and completed after September 1, 2011.
Twinkie Byrd's Monologue Slam
What is Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam? It’s a contest for actors who compete to perform their monologue live in front of Celebrity Casting Director, Twinkie Byrd, and her panel of Celebrity Judges (actors, agents and producers) at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. The Slam will take place Saturday, October 5th, 6:00pm at the W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard; Hollywood, CA.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of established and emerging black filmmakers through a public exhibition and competition program. The goal of the festival 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.

HBFF welcomes film submissions from all filmmakers, however to be eligible for our competitive program one of the film's creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. All other films will be considered for our invitational program.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world.

Attracting such stars and industry insiders as Academy Award® winners Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, John Singleton, Spike Lee, George Tillman, Tina Andrews, Reuben Cannon, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Antwone Fisher, Ice-T, Rev. Run, Bill Duke, Loretta Devine, Rockmond Dunbar, Lamaan Rucker, directors Tim Story, Preston Whitmore, Rob Hardy, Oz Scott, Benny Boom and Jeff Byrd, and producer Will Packer, the festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood community.

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, media and public.

Since its inception in 1999, HBFF has screened a total of 823 independent films including 151 features, 429 shorts, 128 documentaries, 86 student films, 14 animated films and 11 music videos, from all across the United States, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Canada, France, the UK and the Continent of Africa. It has held 402 world premieres, 15 U.S. premieres, 93 West Coast premieres and 60 Los Angeles premieres. Over 50,000 people have attended and enjoyed the diversity of Black Cinema through the festival.

Past festival features in the invitational program have included director John Singleton's box office blockbuster, "2 Fast 2 Furious," the critically-acclaimed "The Hurricane" (starring Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington), director Kasi Lemmons' "The Caveman's Valentine" (starring Samuel L. Jackson), and director Reggie Rock Bythewood's “Dancing in September.”
In addition to screening feature, short, student, documentary, animation and music video film projects, HBFF’s Infotainment Conference features dozens of informational seminars, panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate 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 and producers such as John Singleton (“Hustle and Flow,” “Illegal Tender,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Shaft” and “Boyz N The Hood”), George Tillman (“Soul Food” and “Barbershop”) and St. Clair Bourne (“The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” and “John Henrick Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk”) and scribe Tina Andrews (“ATL” and “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 key personnel who have the power to “greenlight” desired projects. Pitchathon panelists will critique submitted works from filmmakers by examining content, concepts and story ideas to determine its commercial potential in today's film marketplace.

The juried HBFF Filmmaker & Storyteller Awards Luncheon honors 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 Industry Marketplace features an array of businesses and organizations displaying the latest in equipment and services of interest to the entertainment industry. It provides a venue where companies can display products/services to a diverse market. The attendees include filmmakers, festival registrants, and local consumers. Companies who have previously participated include 20th Century Fox, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), Breaking Into Hollywood, Carolina Pinnacle Studios, Film Independent, Hiltron Bailey Photography, Lacy Street Production Center, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Maiajobs.com, Maurice Oldham Photography, NATPE, New Line Cinema, New York Film Academy, Nickelodeon, Organization of Black Screenwriters, Paramount Pictures, Q Cosmetics, Scores 4 Cinema, Total Communication Services, Showtime Networks, Warner Bros., Workplace Hollywood, and Writers Boot Camp.
More than 100 media outlets have provided extensive coverage of the Hollywood Black Film Festival including but not limited to:
The All News Channel, American Urban Radio Networks, AOL Black Voices, AOL Digital City, Associated Press (AP), BackStage West, BRE Magazine, British Sky Broadcasting, Ch. 4 NBC Los Angeles, CHOU Radio & Print (Canada), Daily Variety, E! News Weekend (E! Entertainment), Entertainment Weekly, EURweb.com, Filmmaker Magazine, FilmThreat.com, “Good Day Arizona” KTVK-TV (Channel 3 Phoenix), “Good Day Atlanta” WAGA-TV (Fox Channel 5 Atlanta), KJLH-102.3 FM, KKBT-100.3 "The Beat”, Indiewire.com, “KUSI Morning News (UPN Channel 51 San Diego), L.A. Watts Times, Los Angeles Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Wave Newspaper Group, “Peachtree Morning” , WXIA-TV, (NBC Channel 11 Atlanta). Our Weekly, People Magazine, Reelz Channel, Reuters, Rolling Out, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source Magazine, TV Tokyo/Japanese TV, UPI News, Upscale Magazine, USA Today, V100, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Travel
Past & Present HBFF Sponsors Include:
20th Century Fox, ABC Entertainment, AMBI, American Express, AOL Black Voices, Apple/iTunes, Avid, Barnholtz Entertainment, Baseline Studio Systems, BET Movies, Black Family Channel, Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center, Black Talent News, Bling Water, Bombay Sapphire, bSide, CBS Entertainment, Charles Schwab & Co., Codeblack Entertainment, Collaborative FX, Daily Variety, Directors Guild of America, Discmakers, Eastman Kodak Co., E.J. Gallo, EURweb.com, Film Profit, Final Draft, Fox Entertainment, Fuji Film, Grand Marnier, HBO Family Channel, Hennessy, Hollywood Creative Directory, Hollywood Film Institute, Hollywood Reporter, IFP/West, IndieFlix, KKBT "The Beat", L.A. Film Office, L.A. Film School, LA Independent News, Liquid Soul Media, Los Angeles Sentinel, Los Angeles Wave, Maverick Entertainment, NATPE, New Line Cinema, New Millennium Studios, New York Film Academy, Nickelodeon, One Village Entertainment, Organization of Black Screenwriters, Panavision, Paramount Pictures, Pepsi-Cola, Preston Picture Co., Rainforest Films, Red Bull, Screen Actors Guild, Showtime Networks, Soft Sheen Products, Sony Pictures Entertainment, TBS Superstation, UK Film Council, Universal Studios, Upscale Magazine, Urban World Wireless, Warner Bros., Writers Boot Camp, Writers Guild of America, Xenon Entertainment


ORGANIZERS
Alexia Peebles (Storyteller Competition Coordinator) ; Andrea Meshel (Director, Film Diaspora) ; Andrea Meshel (Director, Film Diaspora) ; Tanya Kersey (CEO) ; Tony Chamblee (Director, Project Stargazer) ; Tony Chamblee (Director, Project Stargazer) ; Tony Chamblee (Webmaster)

GENERAL RULES
The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers through a public exhibition and competitive program. The festival's goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent filmmakers and their works by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and film-going public.

All entries must have been completed after September 1, 2012 (unless otherwise noted).

HBFF welcomes film submissions from all filmmakers, however to be eligible for our competitive program one of the film's creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. All other films will be considered for our invitational program.

Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program.

Invitational films will be selected and screened at the discretion of the Hollywood Black Film Festival.

Feature films selected to screen at HBFF are required to be a U.S. premiere. While this is not a requirement for all other films, (shorts, documentaries, students, etc.), the festival does places significant weight on whether your film will be a world, U.S. or West Coast premiere when considering your submission. Furthermore, films selected to screen at HBFF may not screen at any other festival in the Los Angeles area 60 days prior to screening at HBFF.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which will provide for a cost-saving, paperless submission.

Press Kits: An electronic press kit is required with your entry, however we only require that you have one or more production stills or posters available in your Withoutabox online press kit. Please do not send a paper press kit or any other additional material unless requested specifically by the Festival.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Feature films selected to screen at HBFF are required to be a U.S. premiere. While this is not a requirement for all other films, (shorts, documentaries, students, etc.), the festival does place significant weight on whether your film will be a world, U.S. or West Coast premiere when considering your submission. Furthermore, films selected to screen at HBFF may not screen at any other festival in the Los Angeles area 60 days prior to screening at HBFF. HBFF welcomes submissions from all filmmakers, however, to be eligible for our competitive program, one of the creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer MUST BE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program. Invitational films will be selected and screened at the discretion of the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Hollywood Black Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Hollywood Black Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS MY RESULT IN THE DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR FILM AND/OR REMOVAL FROM THE SCHEDULE.