Urbanworld Film Festival

Urbanworld Film Festival The Urbanworld® Film Festival, established since 1997, we are The People’s Festival, largest Academy Award qualifying multicultural film festival in the world.

Founded in New York City. The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes.

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Our dear friends Ghetto Film School are having a short film challenge!!⁣⁣Are you a young content creator with a story to...
11/08/2021

Our dear friends Ghetto Film School are having a short film challenge!!⁣

Are you a young content creator with a story to tell? ⁣

We have a challenge for you! In two minutes or less, share your story about technology creating connections between people and deepening our humanity. We’ll select six winners to have their films screened and to take their projects to the next level by participating in a ten-week lab with A-list content creators.⁣

Submissions close at TODAY, November 8, 11:59 PT.

Our dear friends Ghetto Film School are having a short film challenge!!⁣

Are you a young content creator with a story to tell? ⁣

We have a challenge for you! In two minutes or less, share your story about technology creating connections between people and deepening our humanity. We’ll select six winners to have their films screened and to take their projects to the next level by participating in a ten-week lab with A-list content creators.⁣

Submissions close at TODAY, November 8, 11:59 PT.

For those looking for goodies to stream hit @appletvplus for  #Swagger - Inspired by Kevin Durant's story, Swagger is ab...
10/31/2021

For those looking for goodies to stream hit @appletvplus for #Swagger - Inspired by Kevin Durant's story, Swagger is about what it takes to make it both in life and in basketball. apple.co/swagger

10/26/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: WE THE CULTURE

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: WE THE CULTURE
Presented by: Facebook

Facebook shares their approach to giving diverse creators the power to be seen, to be heard, to build their business, and to inspire a more just and inclusive world leveraging the power of social media with a spotlight on the newly launched We The Culture initiative. Join for a special viewing of We The Culture’s “House of Jubilee” short film, followed by a conversation with Facebook and We The Culture creators Donshea Hopkins, Quincy Ledbetter and Zawadi Morris of BK Reader.⁣

Featured Guests: Donshea Hopkins, Quincy Ledbetter, and Zawadi Morris of BK Reader⁣

Moderator: Michelle Mitchell, We The Culture Lead, Facebook⁣

10/26/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Sankofa

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Sankofa
Presented by ARRAY

Urbanworld is honored to host this conversation centered on the remastered, critically acclaimed 1993 film, SANKOFA, the transformative film about the untold history of Black resistance. ⁣

Moikgantsi Kgama (Founder of ImageNation) moderates this panel with Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima and his wife, Shirikiana Ania Gerima, the film’s Co-Producer, along with some of the key people who helped him bring this groundbreaking film to life.⁣

Featured Guests:⁣
Haile Gerima, Shirikiana Ania Gerima, Haki Madhubuti, Acklyn Lynch, Rashida Bey, Mashariki Jywanzaa⁣

Moderator: Moikgantsi Kgama, ImageNation⁣

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Swagger

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Swagger
Presented by: Apple TV

From creator and showrunner Reggie Rock Blythwood, NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, “Swagger” is inspired by Durant’s experiences and explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America. Kelley Carter discusses the making of the series with creator Reggie Rock Bythewood, executive producer Brian Grazer, and co-stars Isaiah Hill and Quvenzhané Wallis. Swagger premieres on Apple TV+ on October 29, 2021.
Moderator: Kelley Carter
Featured Guests:
Reggie Rock Bythewood – Creator, Writer, Director, Showrunner, Executive Producer
Brian Grazer – Executive Producer (Imagine Entertainment)
Isaiah Hill – Stars as ‘Jace Carson,’ a 14-year-old basketball phenomenon who is one of the top ranked youth basketball players in the country
Quvenzhané Wallis – Stars as ‘Crystal,’ a top young basketball player

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Home Sweet Home

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Home Sweet Home
Presented by NBCUniversal

Don’t miss Urbanworld’s advance preview of Executive Producer Ava DuVernay’s new series, Home Sweet Home. Ava will introduce the premiere episode of her first unscripted series, described as a social experiment that follows two families leading very different lives who exchange homes for a week, challenging racial, religious, economic, gender, and identity assumptions in the process.

Introduction: Ava DuVernay

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Colin In Black And White

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Colin In Black And White
Presented by Netflix

Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Director, Ava DuVernay and lead actor, 17-year-old Jaden Michael, join Urbanworld to speak with Brande Victorian (Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence) about the highly anticipated Netflix drama series, Colin In Black And White. DuVernay’s dynamic new series, created in collaboration with Colin Kaepernick, who also narrates and Executive Produces, explores Kaepernick’s formative years, and the experiences that led him to become an activist. This Urbanworld spotlight conversation examines how he recounts his life as a Black teen navigating race, class, and culture while aspiring for greatness.

Featured Guests: Ava DuVernay and Jaden Michael Moderator: Brande Victorian, Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Power Book III: Raising Kanan

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Power Book III: Raising Kanan
Presented by STARZ

Terrence J. speaks with actors Patina Miller and Meika Curtis, cast as mother and son on Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the prequel to the original “Power” franchise. Urbanworld spotlights this family drama focused on the pivotal character Kanan Stark’s coming of age, with its lead actors opening up about what it takes to play a ruthless family of drug dealers from the 90’s.

Featured Guests: Patina Miller, Meika Curtis

Moderator: Terrence J., Actor, Entertainment Reporter

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Queen Sugar: - Behind The Scenes

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Queen Sugar: - Behind The Scenes
Presented by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the contemporary drama on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Queen Sugar, returns to Urbanworld for a virtual conversation with the women behind the camera whose craft significantly contributes to the success of this beloved series. With a focus on the behind the scenes of the series’ sixth season, these creatives discuss returning to production during the pandemic, how their work was impacted by COVID protocols, and their personal journeys to serve as department heads for the award-winning series.

Featured Guests: Christann Chanell (Costume Design), Lalette Littlejohn (Makeup), Kellie Turner (Set Design), Nakoya Yancey (Hair)

Moderator: Brande Victorian, Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Horror Noire

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Horror Noire
Presented by Shudder

Urbanworld will showcase a conversation with the creatives behind a Shudder Original Anthology, Horror Noire, featuring new work from both established and emerging talents, showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters, and expanding on the legacy of Black genre filmmaking.

Featured Guests: Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes

Moderator: Danielle Belton, Editor-In-Chief, HuffPost

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: The Walking Dead: World Beyond

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: The Walking Dead: World Beyond
Presented by AMC

Kelley Carter joins Urbanworld to put a spotlight on Aliyah Royale (“Iris Bennett”), Alexa Mansour (“Hope Bennett”), and Joe Holt (“Dr. Leopold Bennett”), leading actors of color on AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond. In anticipation of its Season 2 premiere, the cast discusses diversity, family and the behind the scenes of this sci-fi favorite.

Featured Guests: Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Joe Holt

Moderator: Kelley Carter, Sr. Entertainment Writer, The Undefeated

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Wu-Tang: An American Saga

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Presented by Hulu,

Urbanworld partners with Hulu, spotlighting season two of Wu-Tang: An American Saga with the creator, Executive Producer and original Wu-Tang Clan member, RZA, along with key cast members. Host, AllHipHop.com’s Chuck Creekmur digs into the crates with the actors and RZA to learn more and explore the music that inspired everything.

Featured Guests: RZA, Executive Producer, & Cast Members Erika Alexander, Shameik Moore, TJ Atoms, Zolee Griggs

Moderator: Chuck Creekmur, Co-Founder, AllHipHop.com

10/25/2021
URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: KING RICHARD

URBANWORLD SPOTLIGHT: KING RICHARD
Presented by WarnerMedia

Richard Williams is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history! Urbanworld is thrilled to spotlight King Richard, the upcoming biopic starring Will Smith. Gia Peppers is joined by the Director and Urbanworld Alumni, Reinaldo Marcus Green and Smith’s co-star, Aunjanue Ellis as Oracene “Brandy” Williams, to discuss the film and the experience of telling the story behind the pioneers and Black royal family of tennis.

Featured Guests: Aunjanue Ellis, Reinaldo Marcus Green

Moderator: Gia Peppers, Entertainment Journalist / Podcast Host

Lots of mixed feelings as our festival director for 18 years, Gabrielle Glore leaves Urbanworld to continue to forge her...
10/06/2021

Lots of mixed feelings as our festival director for 18 years, Gabrielle Glore leaves Urbanworld to continue to forge her own path 🥺😭⁣

“My time with Urbanworld has enabled me to lead all facets of the festival, including programming, on- and offscreen. It has gifted me with the opportunity to lean into global storytelling that spotlights creativity and culture while building community around the world. It has allowed our festival to educate an industry, one that possesses both conscious and unconscious bias, about what “urban” means — that it transcends ethnicity to encompass sensibility and geographic proximity to urban centers, enriched by an infinite number of powerful, poignant narratives.”⁣

Urbanworld has been blessed with an incredible, thoughtful leader for nearly two decades and though we don’t want to let her go, we know it’s time for her to spread her wings and achieve even greater heights. We love you @gabrielleglorebk!!!⁣

The full goodbye is featured in The Hollywood Reporter and can be accessed via the link below.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/urbanworld-film-festival-25th-anniversary-1235026024/

Wrapping up our 25th with some Spotlights that show how much range black creators can have. ⁣⁣Facebook shares their appr...
10/04/2021

Wrapping up our 25th with some Spotlights that show how much range black creators can have. ⁣

Facebook shares their approach to giving diverse creators the power to be seen, to be heard, to build their business, and to inspire a more just and inclusive world leveraging the power of social media with a spotlight on the newly launched We The Culture initiative. Join for a special viewing of We The Culture’s “House of Jubilee” short film, followed by a conversation with Facebook and We The Culture creators Donshea Hopkins, Quincy Ledbetter and Zawadi Morris of BK Reader.⁣

Featured Guests: Donshea Hopkins, Quincy Ledbetter, and Zawadi Morris of BK Reader⁣

Moderator: Michelle Mitchell, We The Culture Lead, Facebook⁣

…and Urbanworld is honored to partner with @arraynow to host this conversation centered on the remastered, critically acclaimed 1993 film, SANKOFA, the transformative film about the untold history of Black resistance. ⁣

Moikgantsi Kgama (Founder of ImageNation) moderates this panel with Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima and his wife, Shirikiana Ania Gerima, the film’s Co-Producer, along with some of the key people who helped him bring this groundbreaking film to life.⁣

Featured Guests:⁣
Haile Gerima, Shirikiana Ania Gerima, Haki Madhubuti, Acklyn Lynch, Rashida Bey, Mashariki Jywanzaa⁣

Moderator: Moikgantsi Kgama, ImageNation⁣

#UrbanworldLegacy25⁣

Still have some fresh Spotlights for you to check out! From creator and showrunner Reggie Rock Blythwood, NBA superstar ...
10/03/2021

Still have some fresh Spotlights for you to check out! From creator and showrunner Reggie Rock Blythwood, NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, “Swagger” is inspired by Durant’s experiences and explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America. Kelley Carter discusses the making of the series with creator Reggie Rock Bythewood, executive producer Brian Grazer, and co-stars Isaiah Hill and Quvenzhané Wallis. Swagger premieres on Apple TV+ on October 29, 2021.

Moderator: Kelley Carter

Featured Guests:

Reggie Rock Bythewood – Creator, Writer, Director, Showrunner, Executive Producer

Brian Grazer – Executive Producer (Imagine Entertainment)

Isaiah Hill – Stars as ‘Jace Carson,’ a 14-year-old basketball phenomenon who is one of the top ranked youth basketball players in the country

Quvenzhané Wallis – Stars as ‘Crystal,’ a top young basketball player

Still have some fresh Spotlights for you to check out! From creator and showrunner Reggie Rock Blythwood, NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, “Swagger” is inspired by Durant’s experiences and explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America. Kelley Carter discusses the making of the series with creator Reggie Rock Bythewood, executive producer Brian Grazer, and co-stars Isaiah Hill and Quvenzhané Wallis. Swagger premieres on Apple TV+ on October 29, 2021.

Moderator: Kelley Carter

Featured Guests:

Reggie Rock Bythewood – Creator, Writer, Director, Showrunner, Executive Producer

Brian Grazer – Executive Producer (Imagine Entertainment)

Isaiah Hill – Stars as ‘Jace Carson,’ a 14-year-old basketball phenomenon who is one of the top ranked youth basketball players in the country

Quvenzhané Wallis – Stars as ‘Crystal,’ a top young basketball player

10/03/2021
Urbanworld: Our World, Your World

We might be nearly done, but we’re not finished. We could never be finished. As long as you have stories to tell - we will give those stories, a home. ⁣

Thank you for trusting us with your stories, and letting us into your world. ⁣

Welcome to ours! #UrbanworldLegacy25

Winding down: our Web Originals,Shorts Program 3 & 7 are available! It will be available for 48 hours - grab it while yo...
10/03/2021

Winding down: our Web Originals,Shorts Program 3 & 7 are available! It will be available for 48 hours - grab it while you can! Visit urbanworld.org for more. #UrbanworldLegacy25

It might be an ARRAY day, today! ⁣⁣⁣⁣Spotlight goodies of the day: don’t miss Urbanworld’s advance preview of Executive ...
10/02/2021

It might be an ARRAY day, today! ⁣⁣
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Spotlight goodies of the day: don’t miss Urbanworld’s advance preview of Executive Producer Ava DuVernay’s new series, Home Sweet Home. ⁣⁣
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With an introduction from Ava DuVernay herself on her first unscripted series. ⁣⁣
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Featured Guests: Christann Chanell (Costume Design), Lalette Littlejohn (Makeup), Kellie Turner (Set Design), Nakoya Yancey (Hair)⁣⁣
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Moderator: Brande Victorian, Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence⁣⁣
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Another one from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, her contemporary drama on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Queen Sugar, returns to Urbanworld for a virtual conversation with the women behind the camera whose craft significantly contributes to the success of this beloved series.⁣⁣
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Featured Guests: Christann Chanell (Costume Design), Lalette Littlejohn (Makeup), Kellie Turner (Set Design), Nakoya Yancey (Hair)⁣⁣
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Moderator: Brande Victorian, Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence⁣⁣
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Last but certainly not least - Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Director, Ava DuVernay and lead actor, 17-year-old Jaden Michael, join Urbanworld to speak with Brande Victorian (Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence) about the highly anticipated Netflix drama series, Colin In Black And White. DuVernay’s dynamic new series, created in collaboration with Colin Kaepernick, who also narrates and Executive Produces, explores Kaepernick’s formative years, and the experiences that led him to become an activist. This Urbanworld spotlight conversation examines how he recounts his life as a Black teen navigating race, class, and culture while aspiring for greatness.⁣⁣
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Featured Guests: Ava DuVernay and Jaden Michael ⁣⁣
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Moderator: Brande Victorian, Sr. Editor, Entertainment, Essence

A new legacy has sprouted at Urbanworld.⁣⁣This year Ellery Spikes, teenaged daughter of Stacy Spikes, started a new cate...
10/02/2021

A new legacy has sprouted at Urbanworld.⁣

This year Ellery Spikes, teenaged daughter of Stacy Spikes, started a new category focus - Environmental Justice. Seeing the recent impacts of Hurricane Ida on the hardest-hit minority communities in Louisiana is a harrowing reminder of how serious the consequences of climate change are - and will become with each day. And how they will be sure to disproportionately effect POC in the long run. ⁣

Ellery chose the following films: Youth V Gov; On The Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air and Once Upon A Time in Venezuela - which is still available for virtual screening. Visit urbanworld.org for more. #UrbanworldLegacy25

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This five-day festival brings together content creators and film enthusiasts to enjoy a program of engaging films, as well as live staged screenplay readings, and Urbanworld® Digital panels focused technology's impact on the creation and marketing of content.

Since its inception this internationally recognized festival has showcased over 1,500 films, providing a vital platform for multi-cultural storytellers and visionaries. Visit Urbanworld.org to view the incredible slate of films screening this year.

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A PLATFORM THAT HIGHLIGHTS STORYTELLING FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND FOSTERS A COMMUNITY OF DISTINCT VOICES.

The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, we curate a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. We fight tirelessly to expand the definition of “urban” beyond ethnicity to include sensibility, culture, and proximity. We strive to be “the filmmakers festival” and “the people’s festival,” providing a point of intersection where creators and audiences meet to experience bold and diverse artistic works. Expect no less from Urbanworld on it’s 22nd birthday this September as this year’s program promises even more inclusivity from filmmakers all over the globe. Submission remain open until it’s Final Deadline this Friday, May 25th.

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This seems like an awesome festival! All of the content on here is really cool, I’m going to check it out for myself. As a fellow film lover, I wanted to share with you guys about a new independent film called Empathy Inc. This film blends sci-fi and horror elements seamlessly, which I feel is one of the many attributes that got it named one of the best independent film releases of the year. The movie tells the story of Joel, a businessman who lost his job and his credibility and is eager to start over in a new city. He is quickly approached by a strange virtual reality start-up which turns out not to be as innocent as it seems. This movie is filmed in black and white while discussing advanced technology which created an added irony that I didn’t expect. It’s available to stream on Amazon and iTunes, let me know what you guys think!
Thanks BroadwayWorld: Photo Flash: Yellow Rose Starring Eva Maria Noblezada Wins Big at 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival #urbanworld19
Diane Paragas' Yellow Rose Starring Hadestown star Eva Maria Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Liam Booth, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan Wins Best Narrative Feature Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature at 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival https://wp.me/p6wusm-Ki #urbanworld19 #immigrants #undocumented #musical #hadestown
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Diane Paragas' Award-Winning Film Yellow Rose Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Dale Watson and Princess Punzalan to Screen at Urbanworld Film Festival on September 21
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