Hollywood Black Film Festival A Huge Success with Diversity in Panels, Films and Parties

*Courtesy of Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations*

Founder and Executive Director Tanya Kersey of the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) are proud of the huge success of this years’ film festival.  The four-day film festival took place Thursday, October 25, 2012 through Sunday, October 28, 2012, hosted at the W Hotel, with film screenings at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood, CA. 

Some of the highlighted events included, “Faith in Film: a Conversation with DeVon Franklin,” sponsored by Wells Fargo bank.  Franklin gave words of encouragement to the sold out crowd, “don’t be so anxious about tomorrow, that you miss the blessing of today.”

Michael Baisden’s Story Live Staged Reading was another big hit among attendees.  Don B. Welch, directed seasoned actors in performing scenes from finalist’s scripts submitted for consideration. 

The HBFF opened with the world premiere of “Note To Self” and after party. The red carpet arrivals included the cast of Note To Self and entertainment industry VIPs, such as Christian Keyes, Eva Marcille, LaToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Jackie Christie(Basketball Wives, LA), among others.
Photo credit: Hiltron Bailey
(l-r)     Actor Walter Fauntleroy; Producer Veronica Nichols; Producer ND Brown; Tanya Kersey, Founder and Executive Director Hollywood Black Film Festival; Actor Christian Keyes; Actress Brely Evans, Actress Eva Marcille and Director Trey Haley.  

About the HBFF
Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American 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.


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