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Urban World Festival Solicits Entries

10 Apr, 2002 By: Hive News

The Sixth Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by HBO, is accepting submissions for feature films, short films, documentaries and screenplays for its show August 7-11, 2002, in New York City. The festival specializes in African-American, Latino and Asian-focused films, and this year's festivities will feature an HBO Documentary Competition with a $5,000 cash prize.

"As evidenced at this year's Academy Awards, the stories in the African-American film community are powerful and deserve to be told. We're looking forward to another year of bringing these tales to the masses," said Joy Huang, executive producer of the Urbanworld Film Festival.

A panel of industry professionals will judge films for the Grand Jury Awards for best feature, best short, best director and best screenplay, and attendees will vote for an Audience Award winner. All winners will be announced August 11 at an awards brunch hosted by the Maryland Film Office.

The five-day festival will include feature, documentary and short film screenings, as well as panel discussions, a live staged reading and the celebrated Actor's Spotlight, with previous honorees including Vondie Curtis Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Dee Williams and Rosie Perez.

Film submissions will be accepted on 1/2-inch VHS cassettes and must be accompanied by an official Urbanworld Film Festival submission form, available at urbanworld.com or uwff.com. Deadline for submissions is June 1. Submissions for feature and short films are also being accepted for the noncompetitive Latin and Asian Sidebar categories.

This year's Urbanworld Film Festival sponsors include The Hollywood Reporter, Maryland Film Office, The New York Times, Kodak and Tribeca Entertainment, with additional sponsors to be announced at a later date.

The Urbanworld Film Festival was launched in August 1997 with 35 films by founder Stacy Spikes, a former executive at Miramax and October Films. Over the past five years, Urbanworld has presented almost 300 features, shorts and documentaries, according to a spokesperson. Now in its sixth year, the Urbanworld Film Festival bills itself as the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. Past festival features have included box office and award-winning hits: Rush Hour 2, "O," The Original Kings of Comedy, The Best Man, Soul Food, Hoodlum, HBO Films' Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Blue Streak and others.

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