HBFF Presents


Hosted by Leah Daniels-Butler

Casting Director of the Oscar Award winning movie “Precious

and the smash hit movie “Lee Daniels’ -The Butler

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00 pm

Place: Hotel MdR Main Ballroom, Marina Del Rey

As part of its ongoing commitment to give new talent an opportunity to showcase their talent to the film industry, movie-going public and the media, the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative — the HBFF Actors’ Audition Clinic & Competition.  The Clinic portion will give actors an insider’s look into the audition process, how casting directors select actors, and what actors can do to improve their audition performance and get actually  in roles on major TV shows and in feature films.

The Competition will showcase actors who will perform live for a jury of leading film executives, producers, casting directors, talent agents, talent managers, and other industry professionals at HBFF 2017.

“A few years ago we noticed that a large contingency of actors were attending the festival to support the films they were in, and so we created several workshops, seminars and a monologue slam to showcase the talents of burgeoning actors.” said Tanya Kersey, Founder and Executive Director of HBFF.

Kersey added: “This HBFF Actors’ Audition Clinic & Competition furthers our commitment to celebrating excellence in creativity and passion within the craft of acting in independent films.  The Competition offers actors a priceless opportunity to see and be seen, to get a sense of the latest cinematic trends, and to strike up potentially rewarding relationships with filmmakers, agents, and others who hold the keys to successful careers.

Said Leah Daniels-Butler, “I am super excited to be working with the HBFF this year. There are so many talented actors and I’m so blessed and lucky to help bring their talent to the forefront.  I personally think everyone has talent, some just have to work harder at cultivating it than others. Remember to stay in constant study!  There is always some sort of training you can do to aid in the advancement of your career.”

“We’re thrilled to be producing this Clinic & Competition in conjunction with one of the industry’s hottest casting directors, Leah Daniels-Butler.  Butler is currently the casting director for two of FOX’s hit TV series, “Empire” and “Star,” added Monique Kersey-Love, Director of HBFF’s Infotainment Conference.

Clinic producer Brookshire Lafayette states, “I am honored to be producing this Competition with a casting legend and to experience the awesome talent competing. I am also proud to introduce to the HBFF a vignette of the Smash Hit Off-Broadway production of Faith Under Fire based on the best-selling memoir.

The cost to attend the clinic and/or perform for the competition portion is $30 and is first-come, first-served to compete. Even if you don’t compete, you’ll get first-hand knowledge from industry insiders to help your auditions land you that booking. Register now! Only 25 people will get a chance to compete LIVE on February 24, 2017.  Those competing will perform a monologue (less than 2 minutes)  for the jury of casting directors, agents, managers, directors and producers. One winner will receive a mentoring session with Leah Daniels-Butler.

Go HERE to REGISTER and confirm your space TO AUDITION. (Limited to the first 25 registrants)

If you wish to attend the clinic, but DO NOT WANT TO AUDITION, REGISTER HERE.

Direct all questions to audition@hbff.org.