HOLLYWOOD SOUTH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019
Event Date: Friday, August 16, & Saturday, August 17, 2019 Atlanta, GA

ATTENTION!!! The Hollywood South Urban Film Festival has GREAT NEWS. We are pleased to announced that due to the high volume of quality film submissions, the film festival has been extended to a TWO DAY EVENT. Screenings will take place on FRIDAY and SATURDAY.

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Hollywood South Urban Film Festival 2019!!! It will be held in ATLANTA, GEORGIA at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 24 @ North I-85. HSUFF is a Film Festival that BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER to acknowledge and appreciate the history of the African American culture. This year we will screen SHORT FILMS, FEATURE FILMS, FEATURE DOCS, SHORT DOCS, GLOBAL FILMS, WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEOS, and STUDENT FILMS that will be SUBMITTED from all over the WORLD. There will be something for everyone for all ages to enjoy. HSUFF will provide up and coming FILMMAKERS, ACTORS, SINGERS, and MUSIC PRODUCERS a platform to tell their stories by providing them OPPORTUNITIES to show their art on the BIG SCREEN. Although we focus on PROVIDING EXPOSURE of African American content, this FILM FESTIVAL will also be a PLATFORM that will GIVE ALL GENRES an OPPORTUNITY for their work to BE SEEN. Many times art that is related to AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE gets overlooked because of the lack of STAR POWER or strong finances to back it. So our FESTIVAL COMMITTEE will personally screen every project submitted, selecting the very BEST PROJECTS to be SHOWN at the film festival. This EXPERIENCE will be a GREAT opportunity to MEET and NETWORK with people that are a part of the FILM and TELEVISION INDUSTRY. WE ENCOURAGE all to take full advantage of all the RESOURCES in ATLANTA, GA and the FILM and TELEVISION INDUSTRY provides for INSPIRING FILMMAKING!!!

The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Feature Film Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Short Film Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Feature Documentary Film Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Short Documentary Film Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Global Film Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Web Series Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Music Video Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Student Film Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Georgia Spotlight Award Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Outstanding Spirit Award Winner

NOTE: All SUBMITTED PROJECTS ACCEPTED in the HSUFF SHOWCASE will via email receive an "OFFICIAL SELECTION" LAUREL from the Hollywood South Urban Film Festival 2019 SELECTION COMMITTEE.

ELIGIBILITY -

To be eligible for consideration:

ALL FILMS SUBMITTED to the HSUFF must be written, directed, produced or having the main character of the film/project acted by a person of color or a person of African American descent.
(ONLY EXCEPTION to this RULE is the GLOBAL FILM CATEGORY - THIS CATEGORY is OPEN to ALL FILMMAKERS of ANY RACE or ANY NATIONALITY. THESE FILMS can get made ANYWHERE in the WORLD, the UNITED STATES or ABROAD.)

Any feature length film, short film, feature documentary film, short documentary film, global film, web series, music video, or student film that is submitted to the HSUFF, can be made from anywhere in the world.

-FEATURE LENGTH FILMS: All Feature Length Films must have a running time of at least 60 minutes or more.

-FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILMS: All Feature Length Documentary Films must have a running time of at least 50 minutes running time.

-SHORT FILMS: All Short Films must not exceed a running time of 45 minutes.

-SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS: All Short Documentaries Films must not exceed a running time of 50 minutes.

-GLOBAL FILMS: All Global Films submitted in this category, (shorts, features, documentaries, music videos, student films , or web series) there is no mandatory running time.

-WEB SERIES: All Web Series submitted must not individually exceed 40 minutes running time.

-MUSIC VIDEO: All music videos running times must not exceed 7 minutes running time.

-STUDENT FILMS: There is no mandatory running time (short , feature, short doc, feature doc, global film, web series, or music video) of any student film submitted. Any student films submitted can be made from anywhere in the world.

-GEORGIA SPOTLIGHT: All films submitted made IN GEORGIA or ABOUT GEORGIA are eligible for the GEORGIA SPOTLIGHT AWARD as well as ALL OTHER CATEGORIES.

Festival programming staff may use their discretion to place your film in the appropriate category.

Non-English language projects must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

For any questions: Please email us at filmfestival@hsuff.com

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  • Aba Arthur

    We had an incredible time screening our film THE WOMB at the 2019 HSUFF! Communication was excellent and the networking aspect yeilded some great opportunities. Thank you all so very much for allowing us filmmakers the space to share the work so close to our hearts with the world. This was truly a dream come true. Keep up the great work!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Aba for such encouraging words. It was truly an honor for us that you allowed your film “The Womb” to screen at the HSUFF this year. You and Kit and the rest of the cast and crew did such an amazing job on such a great film. It was our pleasure to give you a platform to showcase your art. Thank you so much for the kind words. We wish you and your film nothing but the best of luck in the future.

  • April Mbakop

    This is a new festival, but I can see that it will grow very quickly. It had a great selection and display of films the entire festival. A tremendous experience for new filmmakers. We met some great filmmakers, distributing companies, writers and actors. The biggest thing though was the nicest award we have ever received. Lighted glass trophy with festival etched in, it looks wonderful on our mantel. Thanks #HSUFF!!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You April for your kind words as they mean a lot to us. It was definitely great meeting you and Ivan. Your film, "Victus" was one of the wonderful films we screened that made the lineup of films great. Yes, we do intend to grow and made this a festival that filmmakers will not want to miss.

  • Brent Duncan

    Bruce Locke and Joe Shanks were fantastic. This festival was only in its second year and my bet is that it will be a top contender soon. Had a great time, saw incredible films and met good people. How can you beat that? Okay, we won the audience choice award too!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brent, you, your team and your film "Don't Shoot" definitely contributed to the festival. HSUFF's goal of providing filmmakers the opportunity to have their films seen on the BIG SCREEN, networking with others in the film industry and also being able to talk to distibutors is very important to us. We look forward to seeing you and your projects in the future as we continue to grow and excel while giving filmmakers a wonderful experience.

  • Jeff Palmer

    Daniel and I wished we could have attended this festival to represent OUTSIDE, our music video collaboration, but we couldn’t make the trip from Boston. Bruce from the HSUFF team was a treat to work with and always answered any questions we had. Winning the Best Music Video award was quite a surprise (!) and I hope to return next year with a new project. Thank you for having us aboard! Cheers, Jeff Palmer, Director

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jeff, We were glad to screen your music video "Outside" as it provided a timely message. Looking forward to seeing you and your team next year.

  • Roslyn Williams

    I highly recommend this film festival for all filmmakers, anyone interested in the film industry, or anyone who just loves seeing great movies.
    The HSUFF staff were very professional, the communication was great, and they assisted me with any questions I had prior to the event.
    The location was great and having our documentary viewed on a theater screen was awesome! They also provided a great networking atmosphere and connected us with HallMills Network where our documentary will be viewed on Roku by millions of viewers.
    We are so excited, Africatown USA Documentary won "Best Short Documentary". Thank you so much and we will see you next year with our next project.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. It was our pleasure to help provide a platform for your film "Africatown USA", a very educational and inspirational film that everyone needs to see.