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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.

Operating as usual

04/11/2022
Sharese Bullock Bailey Joins Urbanworld

Urbanworld is so proud to welcome Sharese Bullock-Bailey as our new Festival Director & Chief Innovation Officer 🎉🎉🎉🎉⁣

@Deadline reports, “In her new roles, Bullock-Bailey will oversee the brand, lead all key components of annual Festival planning and execution, expand Urbanworld Innovation, drive strategy and optimize assets and experiences, building upon current and potential partnerships as the festival enters its next 25 years.”⁣

Check out the @deadline link below, for more on Sharese and this role. Excited for all that she will bring to the Urbanworld family. ⁣

Join us in sending @sharese_bullock_bailey a hearty welcome!!!

https://deadline.com/2022/04/urbanworld-names-sharese-bullock-bailey-festival-director-cio-1234996467/

CELEBRATING KETANJI BROWN JACKSON ✨🥹☺️ the United States’ first black woman to be Supreme Court justice #ketanjibrownjac...
04/07/2022

CELEBRATING KETANJI BROWN JACKSON ✨🥹☺️ the United States’ first black woman to be Supreme Court justice #ketanjibrownjackson

It’s a post-Grammys Monday and still feeling a buzz from last night's wins. We had a lot of favorites, many side eyes an...
04/04/2022

It’s a post-Grammys Monday and still feeling a buzz from last night's wins. We had a lot of favorites, many side eyes and yummy LOOKS - what are your thoughts from last nights show? ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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#JazmineSullivan⁣⁣⁣⁣
#TylerTheCreator⁣⁣⁣⁣
#AngeliqueKidjo⁣⁣⁣⁣
#KaliUchis⁣⁣⁣⁣
#DuaLipa⁣⁣⁣⁣
#JonBatiste⁣
#TiffanyHaddish⁣⁣⁣⁣
#Blackcoffee⁣⁣⁣⁣
#SZA⁣⁣⁣⁣
#DojaCat⁣⁣⁣⁣
#OliviaRodrigo (not at all in order of appearance 😩)

03/31/2022
Meshell Ndegeocello on Arsenio Hall

We can’t close #WomensHistoryMonth without a salute to the magical musical talent that is Meshell Ndegeocello. ⁣

Ndegeocello was born Michelle Lynn Johnson in Berlin, Germany, to army Sergeant Major and saxophonist father Jacques Johnson and health care worker mother Helen. She was raised in Washington, D.C. where she attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts . In early press releases from Maverick Records her birth year was erroneously listed as 1969. The 1968 birth date has been confirmed through a previous manager and lifelong friend.⁣

Named Michelle Lynn Johnson at birth, Ndegeocello adopted her surname at the age of 17, which she says means "free like a bird" in Swahili. Early pressings of Plantation Lullabies were affixed with stickers to help pronounce her name. The spelling has changed in the hands of record labels a few times during her career; however, the correct spelling of her stage name is now Meshell Ndegeocello. (from @dcstamped) ⁣

She has also gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur which is used as a writing credit on some of her later work. ⁣

@officialmeshell has been nominated for a Grammy eleven times, and won once but is credited for the spark that began the neo soul genre and movement of music. ⁣


#meshellndegeocello #neosoul

Looks like Brooks and Broadway may be a powerful force! This is an exciting endeavor that bring Samuel L Jackson AND Aug...
03/30/2022

Looks like Brooks and Broadway may be a powerful force! This is an exciting endeavor that bring Samuel L Jackson AND August Wilson back to the stage. ⁣

from @wilsonmoralesfilm: ⁣

Theater News: Deadline reports that Samuel L. Jackson will return to Broadway next season after a 10-year absence with a revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Piano Lesson, to be directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson in her Broadway directorial debut. ⁣

Co-starring John David Washington and Danielle Brooks, The Piano Lesson will begin performances on Monday, September 19, at the St. James Theatre.⁣

Richardson Jackson, a Tony-nominated actor for her performance in 2014’s A Raisin In The Sun, will be the first woman ever to direct an August Wilson play on Broadway.⁣

The revival will be produced by Brian Anthony Moreland (Thoughts of a Colored Man), Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Tom Kirdahy (Hadestown).⁣

Set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, A Piano Lesson follows a brother and sister who are “locked in a war over the fate of a family heirloom: a piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. Only by revisiting history can the siblings endeavor to move forward.” Jackson will star as Doaker Charles, with Washington as Boy Willie and Brooks as Berniece.⁣

Yesterday one of the greatest to ever do it celebrated a birthday. Happy birthday to the living legend: #SpikeLee
03/21/2022

Yesterday one of the greatest to ever do it celebrated a birthday. Happy birthday to the living legend: #SpikeLee

03/07/2022
Urbanworld 2022 Submissions are open!

🎉 NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2022 🎉⁣⁣
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In its 26th year, Urbanworld continues to showcase creativity and innovation, while highlighting cultural touchpoints and building community around the world.⁣⁣
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THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE CLOSES APRIL 29!!

03/02/2022
The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray Trailer

91 year old Ptolemy Grey (Played by Samuel L Jackson), is an ailing man is forgotten by his family, by his friends, and by even himself. Suddenly left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn (played by Dominique Fishback). When they learn about a treatment that can restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present and future.⁣

Visit the link below to RSVP for an exclusive Apple+ screening on March 9.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetugpBIZvvtQesIgUdsnlXWEHRroW1rVqokSmDRgd3jYZW4g/viewform

This weekend gave main character energy ⁣🏆⁣⁣via the #NAACPImageAwards and #SAGAwards. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
02/28/2022

This weekend gave main character energy ⁣🏆


via the #NAACPImageAwards and #SAGAwards. ⁣⁣⁣
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The look of love in film. Mentally we’re still here ❤️‍🔥 (from @vivamaude)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Films: Mississippi Masala (1991), In The...
02/15/2022

The look of love in film. Mentally we’re still here ❤️‍🔥 (from @vivamaude)⁣⁣
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Films: Mississippi Masala (1991), In The Mood For Love (2000), The Handmaiden (2016), Moonlight (2016), Lover’s Rock (2020)⁣⁣

Mary or Monet?⁣⁣Why choose one when we can have them both? ☺️⁣⁣Congratulations to MJB for last nights career defining #S...
02/14/2022

Mary or Monet?⁣

Why choose one when we can have them both? ☺️⁣

Congratulations to MJB for last nights career defining #SuperBowl performance!

Per usual the announcement of this year’s #AcademyAwards left some surprised and some feeling snubbed. ⁣⁣For us we’re es...
02/11/2022

Per usual the announcement of this year’s #AcademyAwards left some surprised and some feeling snubbed. ⁣

For us we’re especially excited for several diversity breakthroughs and history defining nominations: like Jane Campion - the only woman to earn two best director nominations, our beloved Aunjanue Ellis for best supporting actress (“King Richard”), husband and wife Javier Bardem of “Being the Ricardos” and Penelope Cruz of “Parallel Mothers” and more nominations for Latinx creators like Ariana DeBose for best supporting actress (“West Side Story), Lin Manuel Miranda for best song (“Encanto”) - Encanto nabbed an animated feature nom, making producer Yvett Merino the first Latina ever to be nominated in the category. ⁣

Mrs. Knowles-Carter sets more personal records with her first Oscar nom, while Denzel breaks his own record!!!⁣

Head to Urbanworld.org for more on this year’s defining nominations.

https://urbanworld.org/oscars-2022-nominees-denzel-breaks-record-beyonce-first-oscar-nomination/

Janet Jackson is another living legend that is assuring her legacy is told, her way and from her mouth via project execu...
01/28/2022
Janet Jackson Speaks Her Truth in Lifetime Documentary - urbanworld

Janet Jackson is another living legend that is assuring her legacy is told, her way and from her mouth via project executive produced by herself and her brother Randy Jackson. ⁣⁣⁣
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In a two day simulcast event broadcasting across A&E and Lifetime, the notoriously secretive legend’s documentary premieres today and tomorrow. Visit urbanworld.org for more.

https://urbanworld.org/janet-jackson-lifetime-documentary/

Icon, living.

Former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson, addresses the painful history of slavery and anti-Black racism in Am...
01/17/2022

Former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson, addresses the painful history of slavery and anti-Black racism in America with his documentary - Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America @whoweareproject

#WhoWeAre is available in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Checkout the full trailer and showtimes on Urbanworld.org

https://urbanworld.org/who-we-are-documentary-jeffrey-robinson/

It won’t be long until we are calling for submissions again!  This year, we will have Christine Mendoza - our new execut...
01/03/2022

It won’t be long until we are calling for submissions again! This year, we will have Christine Mendoza - our new executive director to join our incredible the Urbanworld team. ⁣

As said to Deadline, “Urbanworld continues to provide the authenticity, reach and connection for historically overlooked and extremely talented content creators. I’m committed to moving forward with Urbanworld into the next era of innovation and inclusion.”⁣ Also check out her exclusive interview on @impactolatino as she discusses film and cinema in Latin-American and other marginalized communities.

Looking forward to a very promising future and new year! ⁣

Just so you know and remember always, that representation matters (RG @blavity)
01/03/2022

Just so you know and remember always, that representation matters (RG @blavity)

U make every year at Urbanworld a good one. ⁣⁣It’s been an honor looking back at our 25 year legacy, and formulating mor...
12/31/2021

U make every year at Urbanworld a good one. ⁣

It’s been an honor looking back at our 25 year legacy, and formulating more in the future. ⁣

We’ll see U all in 2022! ✨

U make every year at Urbanworld a good one. ⁣⁣It’s been an honor looking back at our 25 year legacy, and formulating mor...
12/31/2021

U make every year at Urbanworld a good one. ⁣

It’s been an honor looking back at our 25 year legacy, and formulating more in the future. ⁣

We’ll see U all in 2022! ✨

12/30/2021

What a year. Every year we gain new eyes, new perspectives — we expand, move, shift and grow. We are deeply thankful to all those that helped us produce and celebrate our 25th festival. Onwards and upwards.

Habari Gani?! Blessings to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this year ✨💚❤️🖤
12/27/2021

Habari Gani?! Blessings to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this year ✨💚❤️🖤

12/24/2021

Wishing our Urbanworld family of the happiest of tidings! Happy Holidays!

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12/23/2021

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12/23/2021

Matrix Resurrections in theaters and HBOMax NOW✨ @thematrixmovie (RG @jadapinkettsmith) ⁣

Who’s watching???

12/20/2021

✅ early call times that don’t wrap until the evening ⁣
✅ supporting everyone for things big and small⁣

✅ being able to learn everyone’s job and watch projects come together ⁣
✅ create connections that can level you up - so that PA’ing is just the beginning. ⁣

Being a PA is like Monday energy. You gotta start somewhere and it may have its 😑 moments. But make it worth it, so you can get to the next phase.

(TikTok: iamisiuwa)

Tired of death announcements. Tired of losing legends. ⁣⁣Sister @bellhooks has passed. May we lift her as high as her wo...
12/15/2021

Tired of death announcements. Tired of losing legends. ⁣

Sister @bellhooks has passed. May we lift her as high as her work was determined to lift us. She planted the deepest seeds of truth and challenged systemic traumas and ideas of womanhood. She gave us words to feelings - that once upon a time we didn’t know how to encapsulate. ⁣

Fly high 🕊

THIS WEEK - Celebrate industry luminaries of vision and achievement at the 2021 @NYWIFT Muse Awards on Thursday, Decembe...
12/14/2021

THIS WEEK - Celebrate industry luminaries of vision and achievement at the 2021 @NYWIFT Muse Awards on Thursday, December 16th 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 2021 #nywiftmuse honorees are:

⭐ Alexis Fish, Producer, Creative Consultant, and LGBTQIA Activist (@imalexisfish)

⭐ Christy Haubegger, EVP, Communications and Chief Inclusion Officer, @WarnerMedia

⭐ Sandra Oh, Actor and Producer (@iamsandraohinsta)

⭐ Jason DaSilva, Filmmaker and Activist, The Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award (@jdasilvax)

⭐ Darnell Martin, Director, Writer, Producer, The Nancy Malone Directing Award (@realdarnellmartin)

⭐ Patina Miller, Actor, The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Made in NY Award (@patinamiller)

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 42nd Annual Muse Awards. Let’s lift each other up and celebrate the incredible achievements of women in entertainment and media.

#nywift #womeninfilm #womeninmedia #muse #museawards #inspiration #womenintv #inclusion #awards #womendirectors #directedbywomen #actor #film #tv

12/09/2021

#TravisScott sat down with #CharlamagneThaGod to talk about the tragedy that took place at the #AstroworldFestival. (🎥: @cthagod / @theshaderoom)

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12/07/2021

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We are rooting for you. We are ALL rooting for you!!! (🥰: @juveeproductions)
12/07/2021

We are rooting for you. We are ALL rooting for you!!! (🥰: @juveeproductions)

Gotta love the transformation and evolution of Ms. Tiffany Sara Cornilia Haddish.⁣⁣Happy birthday Tiffany!! #tiffanyhadd...
12/03/2021

Gotta love the transformation and evolution of Ms. Tiffany Sara Cornilia Haddish.⁣

Happy birthday Tiffany!! #tiffanyhaddish

The Motion Picture Association⁣in partnership with Empire State Development and Urbanworld invite you to attend the virt...
11/30/2021

The Motion Picture Association⁣
in partnership with Empire State Development and Urbanworld invite you to attend the virtual New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit! ⁣

New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit will provide a roadmap for diverse content creators to navigate the film and television industry. This collaborative effort also includes support from NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, and WarnerMedia.⁣

The Summit’s program will include discussions on “Talent Trends at Studios/Networks,” “Funding Your Story,” “Funding Your Story,” “Stories on Set,” and “Streaming Platforms: What’s Next, Now.” With our own founder, Stacy Spikes’ as one of the program speakers this is not to be missed! ⁣

Held next Tuesday, December 7, 2021⁣
1:00PM - 4:00PM ET⁣

#NYSCreativity

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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
Can I pay for tonight's showing of Release at the box office?
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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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Looks like something you ladies would enjoy.