Hollywood, CA (September 20, 2013) – This year the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) has integrated a new sidebar, Film Diaspora, into its programming slate.  Film Diaspora will showcase independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora.  The sidebar will screen 11am-9pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.  The Hollywood Black Film Festival runs October 2-6 in Hollywood, CA.

Andrea Meshel, the programmer for this year’s Film Diaspora, is hoping to create an awareness of stories being told by filmmakers outside of the United States.  “Film Diaspora is proud to present a vast array of cinematic voices from the African Diaspora.” says Meshel.

The Film Diaspora lineup will showcase 11 films — three features, six shorts, and two documentaries from 8 countries — Nigeria, Haiti, Cameroon, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and South Africa.

HBFF will offer a Diaspora Screening Pass for $50, which allows entry into all of the films playing in the Diaspora Program on Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Individual Screening Tickets can also be purchased for $15.

The After-Party starts at 8pm, Station Hollywood at the W Hollywood Hotel, located at 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.

 

FEATURES

Flower Girl (Nigeria)

Writer: Jigi Bello, Director: Michelle Bello

 

Malagasy Mankany (Legends of Madagascar) (Madagascar)

Writer/Director: Haminiaina Ratovarivony

 

Ninah’s Dowry (Cameroon)

Writer/Director: Victor Viyuoh

 

SHORTS

Midnight Scorpian (Burkina Faso)

Writer/Director: Tony Amara

 

NHAMO (South Africa)

Writer/Director: Eunice Chiwesha Goldstein

 

Ogondah (Nigeria)

Writer/Director: Willis Ikedum

 

Sunni Man (New Zealand)

Writer/Director: Hamish Mortland

 

Touch (London)

Writer/Director: Shola Amoo

 

Unspoken (Nigeria)

Writers: Edith Nwekenta and Ola Laniyan

 

DOCUMENTARIES

Adopted ID (Haiti)

Writer: Andrew Togobo  Director: Sonia GoddingTogobo

 

Sodiq (London)

Writer/Director: Adeyemi Michael

 

 

About Andrea Meshel

Andrea Meshel, a native of Kingston Jamaica, started her career as a filmmaker in 2008 with a documentary entitled “I Wanna Be President.”  Prior to working in the film industry, Meshel received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University, and a Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Meshel recently produced a short film entitled “Descent,” she’s currently co-producing a web series entitled “Real Life,” and she is in preproduction on two short films — “Alone” and “Necrophilia.”    Meshel has written, directed, produced, as well as acted in numerous film and theatrical productions throughout the country.  She is committed to portraying positive images of African people.   As an African Caribbean artist Meshel believes it is important to provide exposure to filmmakers from the Diaspora, and she is passionate about and committed to giving these filmmakers a platform through which to showcase their talents and work.

 

About the Hollywood Black Film Festival

Founded in 1998, the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established Black filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels.  Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.

Since its inception, HBFF Has screened nearly 100 films from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, the Bahamas, Central African Republic, Ghana, Burundi, Nigeria, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Niger, Russia, Brazil, Jordan, Jamaica, Spain, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and the Philippines.
For more information about the Hollywood Black Film Festival, email: info@hbff.org.