Filmmakers Wanted: Hollywood Black Film Festival Seeking Entrants

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is gearing up for its 2012 festival, which will take place October 25 – 28 in Los Angeles.  HBFF is still accepting submissions for this year’s festival, but the entry deadline is August 17.

“This year the Hollywood Black Film Festival will be continuing last year’s move towards more international film fare as a way of exposing our audience to the full breadth and beauty of black cinema,” said Tanya Kersey, HBFF’s founder and executive director. “It’s important that we screen movies that moviegoers don’t get a chance to see in the theaters in order to show the diversity of the black experience around the globe. There are some absolutely breathtaking films, like last year’s opening night film, ‘A Million Colours,’ that we are sure will resonate with our audience.”

HBFF currently welcomes narrative features, shorts, student and documentary films for its competitive program. Animation films and music videos submitted are accepted for the non-competitive program only. Feature-length scripts are also accepted for the separate HBFF Storyteller Competition.

For the first time, the festival has added a new category for web series to its lineup as well.

In addition to the variety of film options, Kersey feels as though her festival offers excellent networking opportunities, informational seminars and access to Hollywood’s elite.

“We are going to continue bringing in top studio executives, producers and directors for workshops and master classes. Information is power in this industry and our Infotainment Conference is designed to educate, empower and enlighten both filmmakers and screenwriters,” she expressed.

As it enters into its 13th year, Kersey is optimistic that HBFF will continue to be an avenue for filmmakers, actors and anyone aspiring to be in the business to connect with Hollywood’s who’s who.

“What makes the Hollywood Black Film Festival so special is that we are directly plugged into Hollywood. We’re located in ‘Hollywood’ and therefore, the industry comes out in full force. Most of the major studios and networks are represented, as well as many high-profile agents, attorneys, managers and distributors, so filmmakers really get a chance to be seen by the cream of the crop. So if you’re looking to rub elbows with the Hollywood elite, HBFF offers that opportunity,” she concluded.

To get more information on submitting your film or attending the Hollywood Black Film Festival, go


For related stories, read: George Tillman Jr.: Eager to See a Resurgence in Black Films


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