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This past weekend in NYC the 13th Annual Urban World Film Festival presented some of the latest gems in Black cinema.  68  short narratives, documentaries and feature-length projects were shown to the public for the first time. Jamie Foxx’s “Law Abiding Citizen” Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” and Lynn Whitfield’s “Mama I Want To Sing” were among the notable clips that will be in theatres soon.

In addition to the films there were several informative panels moderated by the Editor-In-Chief of Uptown magazine, Keija Minor. “Making Better Films … What Are The 20 Things I Need To Know?,” “I’ve Made My Film…Now What?” and “Urban Content For The Global Market” were buoyed by the expertise of filmmakers like Malcolm D Lee and Andrew Herwitz, President of the Film Sales company.

After a day of networking attendees were invited to mix and mingle at several of New York’s hottest night spots including Greenhouse, Taj, Studio 19 and Le Poisson Rouge.

On the final day of the festival an awards brunch was held and the coveted prizes were bestowed upon several deserving filmmakers.  The list of winners are as follows:

Best Narrative Feature Film

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED

Written & Directed By Tina Mabry; Produced By Morgan Stiff

Best Documentary Feature Film

STILL BILL

Written & Directed By Alex Vlack & Damani Baker; Produced By Alex Vlack, Damani Baker, Jon Fine, & Andrew Zuckerman

Documentary Feature Honorable Mention

THE VISITORS

Directed By Melis Birder

Best Documentary Short Film

A SONG FOR OURSELVES

Written & Directed By Tadashi Nakamura; Produced By Karen Ishizuka & Robert Nakamura

Best Narrative Short Film

THE ROE EFFECT

Written & Directed By Kiel Adrian Scott; Produced By Kiel Adrian Scott, Noelle K. Barnes, & Kiara Jones

Narrative Short Honorable Mention

LIFE ON EARTH

Written By Courtney Stephens; Directed By Jeffrey Keith, Produced By R. Kiplin Pastor

Best Screenplay

145th STREET

Written By Charles Burnett

Awarded $5,000 cash prize by HBO

Audience Award Winner

STILL BILL

Written & Directed By Alex Vlack & Damani Baker; Produced By Alex Vlack, Damani Baker, Jon Fine, & Andrew Zuckerman

Audience Award Honorable Mention

P-STAR RISING

Directed By Gabriel Noble; Produced By Marjan Tehrani

For more information on The Urban World Film Festival make sure to visit their website at www.urbanworld.com.

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