Urbanworld Film Festival

Urbanworld Film Festival The Urbanworld® Film Festival is held each September in New York City! It is the nation's largest multicultural film festival, The People’s Festival- established since 1997.
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The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes.

Mission: The Urbanworld® Film Festival is dedicated to redefining the multicultural roles in contemporary cinema, television and online by implementing programs and initiatives that support and develop the urban content creation community.

Operating as usual

01/08/2021

From @netflix: Malcolm and Marie.
starring @Zendaya & @JohnDavidWashington.

01/08/2021

Creators @matthewraymond_ + @marcstrong captured the morning drop off struggle perfectly 😝 those with siblings / kids understand! #BlackAnimation #BlackCreators #uCreate

Us watching this insane news cycle, the past 12 hours 😒#bridgerton
01/07/2021

Us watching this insane news cycle, the past 12 hours 😒#bridgerton

We in y’all faces today, Georgia!
01/05/2021

We in y’all faces today, Georgia!

Urbanworld Film Festival's cover photo
01/05/2021

Urbanworld Film Festival's cover photo

01/05/2021

If 2020 had a social mascot... it would have been #TikTok. @okcool.io asks ‘From its beginnings as Douyin in China to the global phenomenon TikTok, how has the hottest social media platform evolved?’ 🤔⁣

How many of you create on the app? Or just starting to? Or just amused / confused by it? (It’s also fine if you stick to TT’s cousin Reels on IG)

01/05/2021

And so it begins. Wishing you all everything good you wish for yourselves 🎆✨🎆✨#2021

YALL READY TO LEAVE 2020 BEHIND OR 😐🥴😧🤔🤭😤 #wherethemoneyreside
12/31/2020

YALL READY TO LEAVE 2020 BEHIND OR 😐🥴😧🤔🤭😤 #wherethemoneyreside

Must be G.O.A.T. season 🐐. Here’s a bit of love and attention to our favorite Capricorns that recently celebrated birthd...
12/29/2020

Must be G.O.A.T. season 🐐. Here’s a bit of love and attention to our favorite Capricorns that recently celebrated birthdays. #DenzelWashington, #NichelleNichols, #JohnAmos

12/26/2020

To those lighting candles, asking and answering ‘Habari Gani?’ - we join you in light and love. #HappyKwanzaa

12/25/2020

With all our love we wish our Urbanworld family a very Merry Christmas. May your day be filled with joy, love, rest and health ✨🎅🏿🎄

12/24/2020
Christmas season aka TAMALES SEASON

We know for some of you Christmas season = tamales 🫔 season! ...and let your tía know we’re happy to pick some up to go. We know you got extra! 🤗😅😉

It’s the natural hair for us. Thank you to hair designer #SharonMartin and producer #LynTalbert for guiding the hair vis...
12/24/2020

It’s the natural hair for us. Thank you to hair designer #SharonMartin and producer #LynTalbert for guiding the hair vision of Jingle Jangle. It’s not ‘just hair’ but a major part of our magic and the magic of @jinglejanglenetflixfilm

If you haven’t already heard #SylviesLove is now streaming on @amazonprimevideo for your viewing pleasure! ⁣⁣Recently na...
12/23/2020

If you haven’t already heard #SylviesLove is now streaming on @amazonprimevideo for your viewing pleasure! ⁣

Recently named a Critic’s Pick by the @nytimes, this romance is set in 50’s New York City when an aspiring television producer meets a saxophonist and their creative and romantic love sends them down a winding road. Thrilled to support this work by our festival director @gabrielleglorebk who is a producer of the film. ⁣

Starring #TessaThompson and #NnamdiAsomugha, the film has made great cultural references on and off the screen - creating partnerships with artists like @rinny.riot who has created art around the story and supporting characters of the film, bringing the film to life in a beautiful way. Follow Sylvie's Love for more and let us know what you think of the movie 🎥

Black representation in animation is expanding. From Pixar’s increasingly flick Soul, to D’ART Shtajio: Japan’s first bl...
12/22/2020

Black representation in animation is expanding. From Pixar’s increasingly flick Soul, to D’ART Shtajio: Japan’s first black owned anime studio to the rising star - self taught Nigerian animator Ridwan Moshood's ‘Garbage Boy’, recognized by Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab. ⁣⁣
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Not to be outdone by our own #uAlumni, Kalia Love Jones’ The Power of Hope - this expansion is inspiring.⁣

#blackanimation⁣
#blackcreators

Black Twitter, also known as the reigning champ of the Internets, has not let up since a joke about Black folks getting ...
12/22/2020

Black Twitter, also known as the reigning champ of the Internets, has not let up since a joke about Black folks getting superpowers 🦹🏿‍♀️ 🦸🏿‍♀️ on the winter solstice exploded across social platforms. Who’s flexing new powers today?
#negrosolstice #negrosoulstice #contentcreators ⁣#wintersolstice

Celebrate women of vision and achievement at the 2020 @NYWIFT Muse Awards, today,⁣December 17th at 1 PM EST! Watch the c...
12/17/2020

Celebrate women of vision and achievement at the 2020 @NYWIFT Muse Awards, today,⁣
December 17th at 1 PM EST! Watch the celebration online and stay for virtual video networking after ⁣
the program.⁣

Get your tickets now at nywift.org/muse. ⁣

The 2020 #nywiftmuse honorees are:⁣
⭐ Awkwafina, Actor, The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Made in NY Award (@awkwafina⁣
@madein_ny)⁣
⭐ Rachel Brosnahan, Actor and Producer (@rachelbrosnahan)⁣
⭐ Rashida Jones, Actor, Writer, Producer, Director (@rashidajones)⁣
⭐ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Journalists (@jodikantor @mega2e @nytimes)⁣
⭐ Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures (@alanaoyam)⁣
⭐ Gina Prince-Bythewood, Director, Writer, Producer, The Nancy Malone Directing Award ⁣
(@gpbmadeit)⁣
⭐ Ali Stroker, Actor, The Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award (@alistroker)⁣
In these unprecedented times, NYWIFT recognizes the many challenges faced by our community. ⁣
The Muse Awards were created to inspire and acknowledge all of the extraordinary women in our industry.⁣

This year NYWIFT invites you to pay-what-you-can so that everyone can have the opportunity to gather together at the virtual 41st Annual Muse Awards. ⁣

Let’s lift each other up and celebrate the incredible achievements of women in entertainment and media!⁣

Tis the season... for lists.  We get flooded with lists this time of year - from gift guides (#buyblack), to what season...
12/16/2020

Tis the season... for lists. We get flooded with lists this time of year - from gift guides (#buyblack), to what seasonal groceries to include in holiday meals, to lists from family on what not to buy 😂. And of course, favorite TV / films / characters of the year. ⁣⁣
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Recently @harpers released their best films of 2020 - all of which are indie releases, check out their picks and the #uAlumni that made the list. Let us know what you’ve seen or plan to watch! Words by Candice Frederick. ⁣⁣
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On the Record - Few other #MeToo films have dared to confront the insidious culture of silence embedded in the Black community than this searing documentary from directors Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick. Weaving interviews with notable female survivors in Black media and the hip-hop world—including Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, and Jenny Lumet—with the long history of misogyny and sexual violence by Black men, On the Record addresses how Black women’s loyalty to the culture is too often preyed upon.⁣⁣
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Assassins - the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, director Ryan White’s compelling storytelling and astounding access in his documentary will make your jaw drop. Assassins digs beyond the already incredible true story of how two young women—Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Đoàn Thị Hương of Vietnam—were tricked into killing Jong-nam under the guise of a prank show. ⁣⁣
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Minari - writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s earnest drama inspired by his own childhood tells a story so rich with colorful texture and heartfelt prose that it’s impossible to overlook. #StevenYeun stars as the determined patriarch of a newly emigrated Korean family and owner of an Arkansas farm anchors a narrative filled to the brim with fantastic acting.⁣⁣
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Miss Juneteenth - Merging the oft-forgotten history of Juneteenth—when Black slaves in Texas were read the Emancipation Proclamation—with the audaciousness of Black girls, the debut feature filmmaker highlights a past that has given way to a fiercely independent approach to Black beauty. The eponymous beauty pageant serves as the backdrop to the story about a former beauty queen (#NicoleBeharie) struggling to reclaim her own life as she tries to steer her trap-music-and-boy-obsessed daughter (#AlexisChikaeze) toward the path of tradition. A blissful ode to single mom and daughter films. ⁣⁣
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Relic - in Relic, writer-director Natalie Erika James taps into the ‘haunted house genre’ by sensitively examining mental decay brought on by dementia. The filmmaker immerses the audience in a familial story that is both devastating and horrifyingly claustrophobic. ⁣⁣
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Sylvie’s Love - Eugene Ashe’s remarkably charming and intimate romantic drama, of how the winding road of love, can split and in time, merge again. ⁣⁣
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Da 5 Bloods - Spike Lee’s masterful film is an unflinching look at Black veterans’ trauma from the Vietnam War, in which they were scammed to serve under the presumption that battling a nation of other people of color may finally win them acceptance in white America.⁣⁣
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Tigertail - writer-director #AlanYang’s luscious tribute to his parents’ strained journey from Taiwan to America⁣⁣
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Promising Young Woman - Promising Young Woman details Cassandra (played #CareyMulligan) downward spiral as a woman struggling to navigate her blind rage and trauma, which she channels into a misguided mission to chastise the plague of toxic men around her. ⁣⁣
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The Donut King - Director and co-writer Alice Gu’s interesting documentary has less to do with the sweet pastry and more with the gluttony of the eponymous Ted Ngoy, who famously tainted his own moniker and empire by gambling. With thoughtful precision, Gu tells the story of the entrepreneur’s journey from war-torn Cambodia with his wife, Suganthini Khoeun, to America, where he opened his own doughnut franchise and helped employ their kids and relatives through the sale of intoxicating delights. #uAlumni⁣⁣

It’s Monday. That’s all we got.
12/14/2020

It’s Monday. That’s all we got.

12/12/2020

Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating the Festival of Lights ✨ 🕎

Another one 💔. Whether you know him as ‘Deebo’, ‘Zeus’ or another role - Tiny Lister, had presence. You will be missed, ...
12/11/2020

Another one 💔. Whether you know him as ‘Deebo’, ‘Zeus’ or another role - Tiny Lister, had presence. You will be missed, Rest In Peace 🤎

12/09/2020

When @kfc, @lifetimetv and @mariolopez collide.
We can’t figure out if this campy branding genius or Kentucky fried foolery 🍗

12/08/2020

Who’s been watching Netflix’s Selena @selenanetflix???⁣

Join stars @christianserratos, @themadisonreyes, @annieggonzalez and @jess_m_garcia as they examine how Selena helped them feel comfortable in their true selves in the face of their own Spanish struggles.⁣

(📺: @contodonetflix) #selenaquintanilla #selenatheseries

So sad to report that actor Natalie Desselle-Reid, best known for her roles in Eve, BAPS, and Set It Off, passed away th...
12/07/2020

So sad to report that actor Natalie Desselle-Reid, best known for her roles in Eve, BAPS, and Set It Off, passed away this week on Monday morning. Cause of death has not yet been disclosed. Rest In Peace 😔

This week in #uNews:⁣⁣OWN Acquires WGN America’s Historical Drama Series, Underground ⁣⁣#CynthiaErivo will star in and p...
12/04/2020

This week in #uNews:⁣

OWN Acquires WGN America’s Historical Drama Series, Underground ⁣

#CynthiaErivo will star in and produce a film based on the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th century African princess who finds herself amongst the British aristocracy when ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria by an West African king. ⁣

#FaizonLove is suing Universal Pictures over removing himself and the only other black co star, Kali Hawk from international posters for the film, #CouplesRetreat. Universal’s marketing for the film in domestic markets during its original featured all four couples in the key art. Faizon and Hawk, the only Black couple in the ensemble, were excised from the international English-language poster, both in the photo and in the cast listing.⁣

#JadaPinkettSmith To Star As Inspirational Single Mom Tia Magee In Netflix Film ‘Redd Zone’. The film is based on the true story of Tia Magee (played by Pinkett Smith), a single mother who helps her sons and their high school football teammates, “The Bros,” heal after the murder of their best friend, Dominic Redd. One by one, the boys start moving into her house, and soon, 17 of “The Bros” are living under her roof. Eventually, all of them go to college, and four make it to the NFL.⁣


#KenanThompson, will be playing a single father to twin girls in his first solo sitcom, ‘The Kenan Show’ ⁣

Black Women Animate and Cartoon Network join forces to launch the first ever Black in Animation Awards show, that will highlight Black achievements in animation. ⁣

12/04/2020

OVER IT 📸 (originally seen over @bet)

Expansion. #RepresentationMatters⁣⁣#vidastarz#tanyasaracho⁣#ojalaproductions⁣#latinxcreators⁣#hispaniccreators
12/03/2020

Expansion. #RepresentationMatters⁣

#vidastarz
#tanyasaracho⁣
#ojalaproductions⁣
#latinxcreators⁣
#hispaniccreators

Black writers and their typewriters. #TBT (rp: @retrosoul__)Black writers and their typewriters. #TBT (rp: @retrosoul__)...
12/03/2020

Black writers and their typewriters. #TBT (rp: @retrosoul__)

Black writers and their typewriters. #TBT (rp: @retrosoul__)⁣

In order of appearance:⁣

#AngelaDavis⠀⁣
#LangstonHughes⁣
#JamesBaldwin ⁣
#GwendolynBrooks⁣
#RichardWright

The #NewYorkTimes, released a list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far). What say you, Urbanworld? Sou...
12/02/2020

The #NewYorkTimes, released a list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far). What say you, Urbanworld? Sound off in the comments 🗣 (image by: @wilsonmoralesfilm)⁣

The full list:⁣

1. Denzel Washington⁣
2. Isabelle Huppert⁣
3. Daniel Day-Lewis⁣
4. Keanu Reeves⁣
5. Nicole Kidman⁣
6. Song Kang-ho⁣
7. Toni Servillo⁣
8. Zhao Tao⁣
9. Viola Davis⁣
10. Saoirse Ronan⁣
11. Julianne Moore⁣
12. Joaquin Phoenix⁣
13. Tilda Swinton⁣
14. Oscar Isaac⁣
15. Michael B. Jordan⁣
16. Kim Min-hee⁣
17. Alfre Woodard⁣
18. Willem Dafoe⁣
19. Wes Studi⁣
20. Rob Morgan⁣
21. Catherine Deneuve⁣
22. Melissa McCarthy⁣
23. Mahershala Ali⁣
24. Sonia Braga⁣
25. Gael Garcia Bernal⁣

“The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will...
12/01/2020

“The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing,lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”⁣

- James Arthur Baldwin (Aug 2,1924 - Dec 1, 1987) #jamesbaldwin #jamesbaldwinquotes

11/30/2020

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth wraps today, but there’s still a chance to check out Vision Maker Media’s celebration of Native American culture and a variety of films on Native experiences, accomplishments and issues. One favorite is RUMBLE, a feature documentary, about the role of Native Americans and Indigenous influence in the history of American music.

Follow the link in our bio for more films and information. (🎞: @visionmakermedia)

Passing on on November 23, 2020 - we recognize the incredible life of David Dinkins, 106th mayor of New York City but th...
11/30/2020

Passing on on November 23, 2020 - we recognize the incredible life of David Dinkins, 106th mayor of New York City but the first of the lot to be African American. ⁣

A veteran, an investor in black futures, an HBCU alum (HU Bison 🗣🗣), born in NJ but adopted by Harlem. A father. A husband. Rest in Paradise, Power and in Peace. #MCM

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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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Hello from Hungary, this is the RUN Short Film Team! Bests to all of u!
BFI London Film Festival Director Tricia Tuttle talks predictions for the future of film and film festivals with CMRubinWorld.
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
Can I pay for tonight's showing of Release at the box office?
How do I submit a film?
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
I support Byron Allen
Looks like something you ladies would enjoy.