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Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Hollywood Black Film Festival

The Hollywood Black Film Festival was held from June 5th to the 10th. This is taken from their website:

After six days and 126 films, top honors were awarded at the 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival's closing night festivities on Sunday, June 10th at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA. Tanya Kersey , Founder Executive Director, HBFF and Jacqueline Blaylock , HBFF's Programming Director, announced the winning films. “We are so pleased to be able to present awards to these filmmakers who have displayed an amazing array of cinematic talent and vision,” said Kersey. “The 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival award-winners reflect the full breadth of talent, diversity, and evolution of independent black film.” "Our filmmakers this year displayed an extraordinary range and depth to their storytelling, which attracted record breaking audiences, and I am pleased to know that HBFF continues to garner a well deserved reputation as being the premiere festival for discovering and showcasing the next generation of talented Black filmmakers,” added Blaylock. Kersey added, “We are thrilled how the Hollywood Black Film Festival has continued to grow in attendance, local and national awareness and acclaim from filmmakers, writers and directors.”

The HBFF Storyteller Competition was designed to promote and support new talent and continue the festival's pledge of creating opportunities for talented black screenwriters. The main goal is to give new screenwriters industry exposure and help introduce them to Hollywood. “The diverse storytelling styles of this year's Storyteller Competition semi-finalists is impressive,” said Kersey. “We are pleased to be able to bring these talented, diverse voices to the attention of Hollywood's leading talent buyers.”

HBFF 2007 attendees enjoyed a whirlwind six days hustling to see films, attending panels and workshops at the adjunct Infotainment Conference, and partying into the wee hours of the night. This year's festival drew record crowds and many films were sold-out. Among the celebrities seen at HBFF 2007 this year were Prince , Sheila E, Kimberly Elise , Sheryl Underwood , Tommy Davidson , Mike Tyson and Elise Neal, to name just a few.

to get more info on this festival and to view pictures, please visit their website at

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