CALL FOR ENTRIES! HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2012 FESTIVAL

Beverly Hills, CA (June 20, 2012) — The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) — recognized as one of the leading black film festivals — is currently accepting submissions for the 2012 festival, to be held October 25-28, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Film submissions will be accepted from June 18 through August 17.  Script submissions will be accepted June 29 through August 31.

HBFF welcomes narrative features, shorts, student and documentary films for its competitive program.  This year HBFF is pleased to announce a new category for Webseries. Feature-length scripts are also accepted for the separate HBFF Storyteller Competition.

For FAQS about submitting your FILM, please visit: http://www.hbff.org/?p=787

For FAQS about submitting your SCRIPT, please visit: http://www.hbff.org/?p=792

All films submitted must have been completed after September 1, 2011.

HBFF accepts film submissions from all filmmakers; however, to be eligible for the festival’s competitive program, one of the film’s creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer must be Black or of African heritage. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program.

Narrative feature films should be at least 60 minutes in length; short films should be 30 minutes in length or less; and student films must have been completed while the filmmaker was enrolled as a full or part-time student in a college or university. Web series content creators must submit at least 3 episodes, in ALL genres, less than 20 minutes in length each.

Film and script entries are accepted exclusively through Withoutabox.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DONE ELECTRONICALLY. HBFF WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY ACTUAL DVDS OF YOUR FILMS. PLEASE SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY VIA WITHOUTABOX. THANK YOU.

To submit your film and/or script, go to >> https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1175.

For more information on HBFF visit the website at http://www.hbff.org. Like HBFF on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodblackfilmfestival. Follow HBFF on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HBFF.

About the Hollywood Black Film Festival

HBFF is an annual celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world. Attracting such stars and industry insiders as Academy Award® winners Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, John Singleton, Spike Lee, George Tillman, Tina Andrews, Reuben Cannon, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Antwone Fisher, Ice-T, Rev. Run, Bill Duke, Loretta Devine, Rockmond Dunbar, Lamaan Rucker, directors Tim Story, Preston Whitmore, Rob Hardy, Oz Scott, Benny Boom and Jeff Byrd, and producer Will Packer, the festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood community.

Since being founded in 1998 by its executive director, Tanya Kersey, HBFF has screened a total of 867 independent films including 156 features, 450 shorts, 141 documentaries, 92 student films, 14 animated films and 11 music videos, from all across the United States, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Canada, France, the UK and the Continent of Africa. HBFF has screened films from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Central African Republic, Burundi, Kenya, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Niger, Bahamas, Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago. It has held 432 world premieres, 20 U.S. premieres, 95 West Coast premieres and 61 Los Angeles premieres. Over 50,000 people have attended and enjoyed the diversity of Black Cinema through the festival. Films that have screened at HBFF include director John Singleton’s box office blockbuster, “2 Fast 2 Furious,” the critically-acclaimed “The Hurricane” (starring Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington), director Kasi Lemmons’ “The Caveman’s Valentine” (starring Samuel L. Jackson), and director Reggie Rock Bythewood’s “Dancing in September.”