For Immediate Release
The 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival Unveils 119 Productions
Festival line-up includes over two dozen workshops and panels
thJune 2, 2008 (Beverly Hills, CA) -- The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) will kick off its 9 thannual showcase, to take place in Beverly Hills June 3th – 8. Dubbed "The Black Sundance," the festival will exhibit 119 independent productions, including 27 feature films, 58 shorts, 18
documentaries, 12 student films, 2 animated projects and 2 music videos. The festival will also
host nearly two dozen panel discussions and workshops, attracting industry insiders and
members of the Black creative community from all over the world.
Over the festival’s five day run, over 100 top film and television executives, filmmakers, producers,
directors, writers, representatives and talent will participate in the festival’s adjunct Infotainment
Conference. Approximately two dozen conference sessions are designed to explore behind the scenes of
filmmaking, from screenwriting, production, post-production, pitching, distribution and marketing.
Highlights of this year's Infotainment Conference include:
thWednesday, June 4- the Filmmaker’s Roundtable will feature a lively discussion with a panel of today’s most successful filmmakers discussing their films, careers, and how they balance their artistic integrity
with the tangible pressures of making a film. Panelists include filmmakers Kevin Gerald Bray ("All About the Benjamins”), Christopher Erskin (JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION and Preston Whitmore (THIS CHRISTMAS)
thThursday, June 5 - Comedy in Film: A Conversation with Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ will present an up-close-and-personal discussion with the actor, comedian and producer as he discusses the comedy film
thFriday, June 6 - Negotiating Tactics: How to Structure the Most Favorable Deal will feature a panel of seasoned entertainment attorneys discussing the major points of negotiation in film financing, sales and
thSaturday, June 7 – Theatrical Acquisitions studio and network executives will discuss the film
acquisition process from start to finish. The panel will consist of executives representing organizations
including Universal Pictures, Image Entertainment, the Sundance Film Festival and Showtime Network.
thSaturday, June 7 - Taking Your Film to the Next Level features a panel of studio, cable and independent production and distribution executives discussing the scope of their companies, the best methods of
approach, what types of projects are most attractive, and the different stages at which they become
involved in projects. Panelists include executives from Mandate Pictures, HQ Pictures, NBC/Universal,
Lionsgate, Donners Co. and Simmons/Lathan.
Black Women Rule at HBFF 2008
The Black Women in Film Program, sponsored by AMBI Skincare, includes the screening of 8 films
written and/or directed by black women: MISTA NICE GUY, A BABY WAY, JAMERICAN, AN
INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL, LOVE CONQUERS, STEEP, MURDERING MAMA'S
BOY and WHISTLE LESSONS. The program will take place at the Writers Guild Theater on Saturday,
June 7th at 5:00 pm, followed by a post-screening gala for talent and filmmakers.
Storyteller Competition Live Staged Reading
A staged reading of scenes from the three finalist scripts in the HBFF 2008 Storyteller
Competition will be performed by celebrity presenters on Friday, June 6, 2008, 7:00pm at the
Clarity Theatre in Beverly Hills. The four finalists include 419 by Michael Ajakwe, RUNNING
FROM THE DEVIL by Travolta Cooper, MUDDY WATERS by Corey Moore and THE
NIGGA* by Derek Lively, directed by Dan Martin. A reception will follow. This event is FREE
and open to the public.
Kodak presents "Stop By. Shoot Film."
Kodak is sponsoring a FREE, 90 minute experiential learning opportunity called Stop By. Shoot Film.
Designed for anyone interested in learning about the use of motion picture film. Stop By. Shoot Film is a
hands-on opportunity for producers, directors, videographers and students to experience film capture
using a 16mm motion picture film camera. Participants will talk with a top cinematographer, learn how to
use a 16mm camera and film and shoot their own scene in under two hours. The workshop is schedule thfor June 4th and 5 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm.
The Party is On!
This year the Hollywood Black Film Festival is promoting Watch a Film and/or Attend a Panel ... & Then Get Your Party On!” Festival attendees with a screening ticket stub or conference panel ticket are
admitted FREE to an HBFF party.
On Wednesday, June 4, Codeblack Entertainment sponsors the HBFF Filmmaker Networking Reception at Nirvana (8689 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.) This event is only open to passholders.
Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with the distribution executives from Codeblack
On Thursday, June 5, EURweb presents the HBFF Cinema Lounge at the Aqua Lounge (424 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills). Hosted by EURweb’s Lee Bailey. The Cinema Lounge will screen four HBFF short films: BIRTH (5:4 – Writer/director Arvel Chappelle III, DISTRACTIONS (6:00) – Writer:
Kevin Craig West, Director: Michalina Almindo, HYPOTHETICALLY (3:00) – Writer: Jeffrey Snell, Director: J.P. Snell, PORN EDITOR (9:00) – Writer: Brian Shackelford, Director: Yehudi Mercado and
STEEP (6:00) – Writer: Adetoro Makinde & JoNelle Kennedy, Director: Adetoro Makinde.
Back by popular demand on Friday, June 6 is The White Party, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire &
hosted by the beautiful B. Scott. The White Party takes place in the Clarity Building Rotunda (100 N.
Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, CA). Everyone wears white!
The HBFF Salutes Black Women in Film Party, sponsored by AMBI Skincare takes place on
Saturday, June 7 at Siren Studios (6063 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood).
HBFF 2008 comes to a close on Sunday, June 8 with the HBFF Wrap Party in the Clarity Building
Courtyard (100 N. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills)
HBFF Announces Jury Winners at Filmmakers & Storyteller Awards Brunch
Filmmakers and storytellers will be honored at a special invitation-only awards luncheon on Sunday, June
8th, 11am - 1pm at Life on Wilshire. Jury awards will be announced in the feature, shorts, student,
documentary, animation and music video categories, and the storyteller competition. Prize sponsors
include Apple Final Cut Pro, Backstage, Baseline, Daily Variety, Film Specific, Final Draft, Fuji Film,
the Hollywood Creative Directory, Production HUB, Showbiz Software and Writers Boot Camp,.
The HBFF Filmmaker & Storyteller Awards honor the achievements of the most promising black
filmmakers and screenwriters from the festival’s juried competitions. HBFF Celebrity Portrait Studio Launches at the 2008 Event Presented by celebrity fashion photographer Dimtry L., the HBFF Celebrity Portrait Studio will host the
festival’s roster of celebrity and film talent. Taking place in the lobby of the Writers Guild Theater (135
So. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA), the invitation-only portrait studio will welcome celebrities,
filmmakers and industry executives to have their Official Hollywood Black Film Festival Portraits taken
by Dimitry L. during scheduled appointments and during the festival's red carpet evening events.
The HBFF Celebrity Portrait Studio will attract the brightest stars at HBFF and is certain to emerge as
one of the most sought-after destinations of celebrity festival-goers, capturing the festival’s finest talent. Images from the Portrait Studio will appear online at www.hbff.org and www.dimitryl.com.
The official sponsors of the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival include 20th Century Fox, Ambi
Skincare, Apple iTunes, Kodak and One Village Entertainment. Participating sponsors include the UK
Film Council, Soft Sheen-Carson, bSide, Codeblack Entertainment, EURweb.com, Hennessy, Bombay
Sapphire, Uncle Moki’s, Emerson College, Heineken, Carnivo, Basquiat Vineyards of California, HER
Energy Drink. The 2008 HBFF prize sponsors are Apple Final Cut Pro, Backstage, Baseline, Daily
Variety, Film Specific, Final Draft, Fuji Film, Hollywood Creative Directory, Production HUB, Showbiz
Software, and Writers Boot Camp. Promotional and donor partners include Black Talent News,
BlackHollywoodUniversity.com, Bleu Entertainment PR, A Juke Join Promotions, Southern Girl Desserts,
Tagg Team DJs, Def Jam, and Celebrity Nightlife Publicity.
About the Hollywood Black Film Festival
The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), dubbed “The Black Sundance,” is an annual 6-day
celebration of black cinema drawing together established and rising filmmakers, popular film and television stars, writers, industry executives, emerging artists and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. The festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood creative community. HBFF was founded in 1998 by its executive director, Tanya Kersey, with a mission focused on fostering and developing the vision of independent filmmakers by bringing their films to the attention of the industry, media and public through a public exhibition and competition program. Since its inception, HBFF has screened a total of 596 independent films from all across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the Caribbean and has hosted 203 world premieres. The festival’s adjunct Infotainment Conference features 20+ panels and workshops and 100+ speakers, and covers a broad range of entertainment industry topics. Over 40,000 people have attended and enjoyed the diversity of Black cinema through the festival. The 2008 festival will be held June 3-8, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California, and will showcase the artistic expression of more than 120 black filmmakers from around the world. In keeping with its commitment to support the creative community, in addition to the annual film festival, HBFF has created complementary platforms to showcase and develop filmmakers' projects -- the HBFF Cinema Lounge and HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit. The HBFF Cinema Lounge is a casual monthly networking and screening program that screens 4 to 5 short films followed by audience feedback and Q&A with the filmmakers. The annual HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit boasts a senior roster of seasoned industry professionals offering their insights on a broad range of film finance and distribution topics.
For more information, visit http://www.hbff.org.
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