Monday, September 23, 2013

Urban World Film Festival announces 2013 Winners

This past weekend I attended the 2013 Urban World Film Festival here in nyc and had a great time covering the red carpet and also I enjoyed watching several good independent movies in the process. Thank You to 135 St Agency and Urban World Film Festival for allowing to have access to this great event,pictures and videos from the weekend will be up later this week. Below is a list of the winners of this year's festival.


NEW YORK, NY (September 22, 2013) – The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, has announced the winners of the narrative feature, documentary feature, documentary short, narrative short, screenplay, teleplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 18-22 and concluded today with an awards reception at Tribeca Grill Loft hosted by style and beauty expert Tai Beauchamp and actor/producer Gbenga Akinnagbe. Urbanworld, which screened 60 films this year (including 4 world premieres and 2 U.S. premieres), is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color. Urbanworld thanks its partners BET Networks- presenting sponsor, HBO- founding sponsor, Universal- premiere sponsor, their industry circle partners and media partners.

The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:

Best Narrative Feature - Presented by Fox Audience Strategy - $5,000 Cash Prize


Directed by Vicky Wight

Honorable Mention:

Sable Fable – Directed by Stephen Jackson

Best Documentary Feature


Directed by Yoruba Richen

Honorable Mention:

Brother’s Hypnotic – Directed by Reuben Atlas

Best Narrative Short - Presented by HBO - $5,000 Cash Prize


Directed by Alonso Alvarez

Honorable Mention:

Baghdad Messi – Directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa

Best Screenplay - Presented by BET Networks - $5,000 Cash Prize


Written by Darius Clark Monroe

Best Teleplay - Presented by BET Networks - $5,000 Cash Prize


Written by Allison Bonner Shillingford

Audience Award - Feature


Directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim

Audience Award – Short


Directed by Robert Kolodny


The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Jurors are:


Dori Begley - Senior Vice President, Magnolia Pictures
Nikkole Denson-Randolph - Vice President - Specialty & Alternative Content, AMC Theatres
Zola B. Mashariki - Senior Vice President, Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Valerie Meraz - Vice President, Program Acquisitions, Turner Entertainment Networks
· Maria Zuckerman - Vice President, HBO Films


Andre Des Rochers - Partner, Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP
Kelly Edwards - VP, Talent Development, HBO
Smokey D. Fontaine - Chief Content & Creative Officer, Interactive One
Niija Kuykendall - Vice President, Production Warner Bros. Pictures
Frida Torresblanco - Award Winning Producer


Jacqueline Glover - Vice President, Documentary Films, HBO
Shola Lynch - Award-Winning Filmmaker
Tricia Rose - Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University


Scott Budnick - President, Green Hat Films
Franklin Leonard - Founder, The Black List
Christopher Mack - Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Workshop, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Constance Orlando - Vice President, Original Programming, BET Networks
Heather Morris Washington - Manager, Emerging Writers Fellowship Program, Universal Pictures


Roger Bobb - President & CEO, Bobbcat Films
Nkechi Okoro Carroll – Writer
Erica Montolfo-Bura - Executive Producer

For more information on the Urbanworld Film Festival, visit


The Urbanworld® Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media. Over the last fifteen years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld® has also provided a platform for some of today's leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace. The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment. By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects. Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld Film Festival. The festival website is

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