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

THREE DAYS, until the country’s largest multicultural film festival launches digitally! ⁣⁣TICKETS AND PASSES ARE IN LIMI...
09/21/2020

THREE DAYS, until the country’s largest multicultural film festival launches digitally! ⁣

TICKETS AND PASSES ARE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES - DO HAVE YOURS YET?? VISIT URBANWORLD.ORG TO JOIN US AS WE SHARE OUR #BRAVENEWURBANWORLD!

Only 4 days until our festival!  ⁣⁣With each passing day there is more to be excited about. Like our version of #ShareTh...
09/19/2020

Only 4 days until our festival! ⁣

With each passing day there is more to be excited about. Like our version of #ShareTheMic - with Amy Schumer @amyschumer handing her Instagram to Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley @ayannapressley Massachusetts for a takeover Monday September 21 to talk joy and advocacy during these tough times. ⁣

Stick with us for updates and make sure to checkout the IG Live between Amy and Ayanna, Monday at 7pm EST! #ShareOurUrbanworld #ThePeoplesFestival   #uShareTheMic #CommunityCultureCreativity

With heavy hearts, we say farewell to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rest in Power.
09/18/2020

With heavy hearts, we say farewell to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rest in Power.

Today we’re joining @BET, @NatUrbanLeague & over 40 other organizations to celebrate National Black Voter Day. Why?  Bec...
09/18/2020

Today we’re joining @BET, @NatUrbanLeague & over 40 other organizations to celebrate National Black Voter Day. Why? Because nothing about us should be decided without us. Your voice is your megaphone-so make sure to use it. Galvanize your political power! #ReclaimYourVote #NationalBlackVoterDay #uVote

09/17/2020

The word is out. We’ve announced our film slate of over 100 official selections, panels, and conversations for our first ever totally virtual experience. Driven by stories shared from content creators around the world - from music videos to feature films, R U READY FOR A #BraveNewUrbanworld??

Join us September 23-27, and hit urbanworld.org for more. #ThePeoplesFestival

09/16/2020

Community. Culture. Creativity. Same vibe, in any language. Announcing our offerings for our first ever totally digital festival, THURSDAY September 17 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST, check urbanworld.org for more information and follow @urbanworldff and our page for updates.

From Michoacán to Durango, Selena Quintanillo Pérez to Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico City to Monterrey there’s so much power...
09/16/2020

From Michoacán to Durango, Selena Quintanillo Pérez to Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico City to Monterrey there’s so much power, depth & range to México 🇲🇽 & the Mexican people. We salute you, happy #MexicanIndependenceDay!

We will be celebrating the many facets of Hispanic Heritage Month now until October 15, spotlighting shining creative co...
09/15/2020

We will be celebrating the many facets of Hispanic Heritage Month now until October 15, spotlighting shining creative contributions from many Spanish speaking countries. Stay tuned!⁣

#hispanicheritagemonth⁣
#latinxcreators ⁣
#spanishmovies ⁣
#lacultura ⁣
#communityculturecreativity

We love nothing more than to see creators we’ve screened collect well deserved accolades. Many congratulations to @roger...
09/15/2020

We love nothing more than to see creators we’ve screened collect well deserved accolades. Many congratulations to @rogerrosswilliams for his Creative Arts Emmy win for The Apollo - one of our spotlight films showcased last year. And more happy applause to @pyermoss the inspiration behind the moving short, Seven Mothers by @directorx — Pyer recently was awarded @cfda’s American Menswear Designer of the Year ⁣

#rogerrosswilliams⁣
#creativeartsemmy ⁣
#pyermoss ⁣
#urbanworldspotlights ⁣
#cfda ⁣
#designeroftheyear⁣
#blackexcellence⁣
#blackcreators⁣
#communityculturecreativity⁣

09/14/2020
Ms. Patti.

THIS IS A PATTI LABELLE APPRECIATION POST. Who watched last night’s @verzuztv??? ⁣


#pattilabelle ⁣
#gladysknight ⁣
#dionnewarwick ⁣
#verzuz
#digitalproductions⁣
#uListen⁣
#blackcreators⁣
#communityculturecreativity

A Western??? THIS CASTING? Listen —the  right is our full reaction 😏🤠 ⁣⁣#JonathanMajors⁣#delroylindo ⁣#zaziebeetz ⁣#lake...
09/11/2020

A Western??? THIS CASTING? Listen —the right is our full reaction 😏🤠 ⁣

#JonathanMajors⁣
#delroylindo ⁣
#zaziebeetz ⁣
#lakeithstanfield ⁣
#reginaking ⁣
#idriselba⁣
#representationmatters⁣
#oldwesterns⁣
#blackcreators⁣
#communityculturecreativity⁣

The I ❤️ Jonathan Majors starter pack. ⁣⁣⁣#JonathanMajors⁣ #LovecraftCountry ⁣#Da5Bloods #LastBlackManInSanFrancisco #Wh...
09/11/2020

The I ❤️ Jonathan Majors starter pack. ⁣


#JonathanMajors⁣
#LovecraftCountry ⁣
#Da5Bloods
#LastBlackManInSanFrancisco #WhiteBoyRick ⁣
#blackcreators⁣
#communityculturecreativity

⁣⁣behold 💁🏾‍♂️💁🏽‍♂️💁🏾‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️⁣⁣“in awe of these gorgeous portraits by @jveloz for @voguemexico’s September issue.⁣⁣he re...
09/10/2020


⁣behold 💁🏾‍♂️💁🏽‍♂️💁🏾‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️⁣

“in awe of these gorgeous portraits by @jveloz for @voguemexico’s September issue.⁣

he really captured the strength and beauty of these groundbreaking Afro-Latinx Trans artists and activists. #VogueHope” ⁣

⁣(👀 / 🗣 from @contodonetflix)⁣
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* #juanveloz⁣
* #mjrodriguez⁣⁣
* #voguemexico⁣⁣
* #representationmatters⁣⁣
* #marizolleyva
* #leiomymaldonado
* #contodonetflix⁣⁣
* #afrolatinidad⁣⁣⁣
* #latinxcreators⁣⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

Insane to think it’s been 25 years since John Leguizamo brought us Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez in the 1995 cult classic To Wo...
09/10/2020

Insane to think it’s been 25 years since John Leguizamo brought us Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez in the 1995 cult classic To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. ⁣

John Leguizamo says today he’d cast the film differently. “Latin people should be playing Latin people...and the same thing in the LGBTQ community,“ he told Variety. “There are actors out there who are out that should be playing these roles.” ⁣
(📸: @contodonetflix)




* #johnleguizamo⁣
* #towongfoo⁣
* #cultclassics⁣
* #representationmatters⁣
*#dragqueens⁣
*#actors⁣
*#contodonetflix⁣
*#puertoricanactors⁣
*#colombianactors⁣
* #latinxcreators⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

Moesha. Girlfriends. The Game. Being Mary Jane. Black Lightning. Love is. 2020 might feel very 😬🥴🤔 most days but there h...
09/10/2020

Moesha. Girlfriends. The Game. Being Mary Jane. Black Lightning. Love is. 2020 might feel very 😬🥴🤔 most days but there have been GEMS. 💎 Congratulations to @maraakil for her deal with @netflix, we’re sure there will more iconic black stories, characters and moments in our near future. ⁣



* #marabrockakil⁣
* #netflix⁣
* #showrunner⁣
* #blackshowrunner⁣
* #createdby⁣
* #iconictvshows⁣
* #moesha⁣
* #beingmaryjane⁣
* #girlfriends ⁣
* #blackgirlsrock⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

Love when you get something you didn’t know you needed. ⁣⁣⁣Repost from @blackvoices⁣•⁣A reimagined take on “The Golden G...
09/09/2020

Love when you get something you didn’t know you needed. ⁣


Repost from @blackvoices⁣
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A reimagined take on “The Golden Girls” is hitting the (virtual) airwaves this week.⁠⁣
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Tracee Ellis Ross announced plans over the weekend to star in an all-Black version of the beloved sitcom over Zoom. The “Black-ish” star confirmed the news on Instagram with a quirky photo that suggested she’ll be playing Rose, the character made famous by Betty White.⁠⁣
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Actors Regina King, Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard appear to be taking on Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia, respectively.⁠⁣
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The episode will stream live on Tuesday and will be hosted by Lena Waithe. It’s being produced in support of Color of Change, billed as the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. ⁠⁣



* #traceeellisross⁣
* #goldengirls⁣
* #actress⁣
* #comedian⁣
* #reginaking⁣
* #sanaalathan⁣
* #alfrewoodard⁣
* #blackgirlsrock⁣
* #colorofchange⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

Actress. Director. Producer. Make sure those dreams aren’t just dreams but goals. ⁣⁣* #kerrywashington⁣* #blackcreators⁣...
09/09/2020

Actress. Director. Producer. Make sure those dreams aren’t just dreams but goals. ⁣

* #kerrywashington⁣
* #blackcreators⁣
* #actress⁣
* #femalelead ⁣
* #blackgirlsrock⁣
* #cantstopwontstop⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

09/08/2020
Your right to vote matters 🇺🇸

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of Pennsylvania addresses the GOP’s acts of voter suppression. The fight rages on #56days (🎥: @nowthisnews)⁣⁣
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* #uVote⁣⁣
* #unitedstates⁣⁣
* #voteordie ⁣⁣
* #presidentialelection ⁣⁣
* #unitedstatescongress⁣⁣
* #votersrights⁣⁣
* #uspoliticians⁣⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

Lupita speaks on #ChadwickBoseman. Visit her IG for the full tribute.
09/08/2020

Lupita speaks on #ChadwickBoseman. Visit her IG for the full tribute.

⁣Who pulling up to a barbecue today?! ....whether you were invited or not?? 😬😏😌 Hope those of us who are stateside are e...
09/07/2020


Who pulling up to a barbecue today?! ....whether you were invited or not?? 😬😏😌 Hope those of us who are stateside are enjoying a great Labor Day Weekend 💥⁣

#labordayweekend⁣
#thecookout⁣
#tupacshakur⁣
#janetjackson ⁣
#reginaking⁣
#poeticjusticemovie⁣
#blackjoymatters⁣
#communityculturecreativity

Turnt on a Friday and excited to share: ⁣⁣Repost from @posefx.tea⁣•⁣ICYMI: Mj Rodriguez and Janet Mock have joined the c...
09/04/2020

Turnt on a Friday and excited to share: ⁣

Repost from @posefx.tea⁣
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ICYMI: Mj Rodriguez and Janet Mock have joined the cast of “Between the World and Me”, HBO’s adaptation of the stage show based on ⁣
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New York Times bestseller.⁣
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The book, first published in 2015 by One World, is written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy.⁣
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The special, which is currently in production under COVID-19 guidelines, debuts this fall on HBO and will also be available to stream on HBO Max.⁣


#mjrodriguez⁣
#janetmock⁣
#blackgirlsrock⁣
#betweentheworldandme ⁣
#hbo⁣
#lgbtq⁣
#translivesmatter⁣
#transexperience ⁣
#communityculturecreativity

While many of us slept Solana, or @sza to those less familiar, dropped manyyyyyy snippets and clips on her Instagram. MI...
09/04/2020

While many of us slept Solana, or @sza to those less familiar, dropped manyyyyyy snippets and clips on her Instagram. MIGHT WE BE BLESSED WITH A NEW ALBUM SOON?! 😭😭😭🙏 #uListen⁣⁣
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#sza⁣⁣
#blackgirlsrock⁣⁣
#solanarowe⁣⁣
#newmusic ⁣⁣
#blackcreators⁣⁣
#jams ⁣⁣
#communityculturecreativity

09/03/2020
A few affirmations from Rep Ayanna Pressley

Representative @AyannaPressley of the 7th congressional district of Massachusetts (put some respeck on her name/title) dropped a powerful message recently. A not-so-subtle reminder that this government is supposed to work for US. Make sure #uVote!!! (🎞: @rideforblacklivesboston) ⁣⁣
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#ayannapressley⁣⁣⁣⁣
#blackgirlsrock⁣⁣⁣⁣
#uscongress⁣⁣⁣⁣
#votersrights ⁣⁣⁣⁣
#legislation⁣⁣⁣⁣
#blacklivesmatter⁣⁣⁣
#blackqueerlivesmatter⁣⁣
#blackmothersmatter⁣⁣⁣
#blacktranslivesmatter⁣⁣⁣
#blackjoymatters⁣
#notaxationwithoutrepresentation ⁣⁣⁣⁣
#communityculturecreativity

09/03/2020

Gone but never forgotten Nippy! Also feeling like Whoopi should create some fresh Oscars content ... maybe even with @chrisrock ??? 👀 Imagine the possibilities! #blackhostsmatter (clip from 1994 Oscars)⁣


#throwback⁣
#blackgirlsrock⁣
#comedian ⁣
#whitneyhouston⁣
#whoopigoldberg⁣
#oscars⁣
#communityculturecreativity

Her birthday was yesterday but already her legacy is timeless. Happy Belated to our #WCW Zendaya! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#zendaya⁣⁣#black...
09/02/2020

Her birthday was yesterday but already her legacy is timeless. Happy Belated to our #WCW Zendaya! ⁣⁣
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#zendaya⁣⁣
#blackgirlsrock⁣⁣
#multiculturalcreators⁣⁣
#filmmakers⁣⁣
#communityculturecreativity

09/02/2020

Was in the mood for something sweet and classic 🍫 ⁣

#blackcreators⁣
#blackmen⁣
#multiculturalcreators⁣
#filmmakers⁣
#communityculturecreativity

1.3 MILLION viewers showed up last night for @brandy and @monicadenise’s Verzuz on IG Live, making it the most watched s...
09/01/2020

1.3 MILLION viewers showed up last night for @brandy and @monicadenise’s Verzuz on IG Live, making it the most watched session since they started the series. The experience has been one of the best things to come out of 2020 and the pandemic. Let nothing stop the creative engine from moving! Build it and they will come ⁣🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿

* #⁣⁣brandynorwood⁣
* #monicaarnold
* #verzuztv⁣⁣⁣
* #iglive⁣⁣
* #theculture⁣⁣⁣
* #whatUwatching⁣⁣
* #blackcreators⁣⁣
* #thefutureisfemale⁣⁣
* #blackgirlsrock⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

Brooklyn's longest-running kids’ film festival,  kidFLIX is back! Presented by MoCADA @mocada_museum since 2000, this an...
09/01/2020

Brooklyn's longest-running kids’ film festival, kidFLIX is back! Presented by MoCADA @mocada_museum since 2000, this annual program offers kids and their families access to free films about or made by filmmakers from the African diaspora. ⁠Starting today, September 1 to the 5 you can stream (yes, for FREE) "Soul Boy", a Kenyan film from directors Hawa Essuman and Tom Tykwer. ⁣
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Inspired by the theme "By Any Dreams Necessary," each film in this year's kidFLIX festival will stream directly on MoCADA's website for FREE, August 28 - September 25! ⁠⁣

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#kidflixfilmfest ⁣
#kidflix2020 ⁣
#blackdirectors⁣
#kenya⁣
#mocadakidflix ⁣
#byanydreamsnecessary⁣
#blackcreators⁣
#mocadamuseum⁣
#multiculturalcreators⁣
#filmmakers⁣
#communityculturecreativity⁣

Give us action. Give us more Asian lead roles! @amazonstudios did it again: this time bringing to life a heist film star...
08/31/2020

Give us action. Give us more Asian lead roles! @amazonstudios did it again: this time bringing to life a heist film starring @danieldaekim and @randallpark. The film is not titled as of yet and nowhere near a release date but — we applaud this step to encourage #diversity. ⁣(📸: @deadline)


* #danieldaekim⁣⁣
* #randallpark ⁣⁣
* #amazonstudios⁣⁣
* #koreanactors⁣⁣
* #koreancreatives⁣⁣
* #hollywood⁣⁣
* #actionmovies
* #asiandirectors⁣⁣
* #asianactors⁣⁣
* #asianleadroles⁣
* #diversecasting ⁣
* #multiculturalcreators⁣⁣
* #⁣urbanworldfilmfestival ⁣
* #thepeoplesfestival⁣⁣
* #filmfestivals⁣⁣
* #filmmakers⁣⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

08/31/2020
Chadwick, Forever.

A heartfelt message from @sterlingkbrown on #ChadwickBoseman. Once upon a time in 2017, we had both actors on our panel for their film #Marshall and we lift them both up again in the light of this stunning loss. Let’s hold together as a community of creators forevermore. ✨

08/31/2020

Last night’s @vmas gave us MOMENTS. Hosted by @keke, with wins and performances from @theweeknd, @ladygaga @bts.bighitofficial, @cncomusic @chloexhalle and of course Thee Hot Girl Megan @theestallion were among our favorites. Floored by the production of these digital performances, this was obviously the first VMAs of all time without a live audience - who watched?? ⁣


* #mtv⁣⁣
* #vmas⁣
* #musicvideos⁣
* #ladygaga⁣⁣
* #kekepalmer⁣
* #theweeknd⁣
* #bts⁣
* #kpop⁣
* #megantheestallion⁣
* #cncomusic
* #digitalperformances ⁣
* #multiculturalcreators⁣⁣
* #urbanworldfilmfestival⁣
* #thepeoplesfestival⁣⁣
* #worldmusic⁣
* #filmmakers⁣⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

tears...
08/31/2020

tears...

08/29/2020

In memory of Chadwick Boseman. We are heartbroken over this loss 😣 Rest in power.

08/29/2020

What you watching on @netflix this weekend? Because both seasons of Pose are available (in the US)... just sayin🍿 We love a @indyamoore and @angelbcuriel scene! #angelandpapiforever ⁣

* #poseonfx⁣⁣
* #netflix⁣⁣
* #lgbtq⁣⁣
* #lgbtqactors⁣⁣
* #theythempronouns ⁣⁣
* #hollywood⁣⁣
* #actors⁣⁣
* #ryanmurphy⁣⁣
* #indyamoore⁣⁣
* #angelbcuriel⁣⁣
* #Afrolatino⁣
* #diversecasting ⁣
* #multiculturalcreators⁣⁣
* #thepeoplesfestival⁣⁣
* #filmfestivals⁣⁣
* #filmmakers⁣⁣
* #communityculturecreativity

08/28/2020

A montage of love from our 20th film festival. 🎈- we flashin’ back to our 20th anniversary festival. Less than a month until our digital return. We not getting old, we getting better! #fbf #urbanworldfilmfestival #multiculturalcreators

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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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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.
Does anyone know the deadline time on Friday to submit a screenplay? Is it midnight?