HOLLYWOOD SOUTH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL 2021
Event Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Hollywood South Urban Film Festival is back once again to bring you some the biggest and best independent films, documentaries, and music videos from across the globe. However, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic we will be bringing you “Virtual Online Screenings” for the 2nd straight year. This year the HSUFF will be a FIVE DAY EVENT. Screenings will take place online on WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY.

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Hollywood South Urban Film Festival 2020 "Virtual Awards Ceremony" is posted on hsuff.com now. Check it out.

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Welcome to the 4rd Annual Hollywood South Urban Film Festival 2021!!! 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, THE BEST SERIES, ANIMATIONS, 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. The 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 our "Virtual" website; which means that your films can be seen from over the world. Although we focus on PROVIDING EXPOSURE of African American content, this FILM FESTIVAL will also be a PLATFORM that will GIVE ALL GENRES OF FILM an OPPORTUNITY for THEIR WORK to BE SEEN. Many times art that is related to the 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 that is submitted. We will select the very BEST PROJECTS to be SHOWN. WE ENCOURAGE you all to take full advantage of all the RESOURCES from ATLANTA, GA to across the GLOBE that the FILM and TELEVISION INDUSTRY provides for INSPIRING FILM MAKING!!!

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 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
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Atlanta First-Time Filmmaker Award Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - First-Time Filmmaker Award Winner
The Hollywood Crustal Star Award Trophy - Social Justice Award Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Audience Choice Award Winner
The Hollywood Crystal Star Award Trophy - Best Animation Winner

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NOTE: All SUBMITTED PROJECTS ACCEPTED in the HSUFF SHOWCASE will via email receive an "OFFICIAL SELECTION" LAUREL from the Hollywood South Urban Film Festival 2021 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, best series, comedy, animation, music video, or student film that is submitted to the HSUFF, can be made from anywhere in the world.

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-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 60 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 59 minutes.

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

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

-ANIMATIONS: All Animations submitted can be any length of running time. There is no running time limit.

-MUSIC VIDEOS: 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 FILMS: All films submitted in this category MUST BE MADE IN GEORGIA or ABOUT GEORGIA are eligible for the GEORGIA SPOTLIGHT AWARD as well as ALL OTHER CATEGORIES. There is no time limit.

-ATLANTA FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER: All films submitted in this category MUST BE MADE IN ATLANTA by a FIRST TIME FILMMAKER. These film can be any length or be a part of any category. There is no time limit.

-FIRST TIME FILMMAKER: All films submitted in the category by a FIRST TIME FILMMAKER from AWAYWHERE IN THE WORLD. There is no time limit.

-SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD: All films the are created that spotlights the racial, social, and/or political environment of society. There is no time limit.

-AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: All the films in this category will come from all the films selected to be screen during the film festival. The winner will be determined by the response of the audience during the screening of all the films.

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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.

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

Please visit our official website at hsuff.com

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  • Great communication! Glad to be a part of this festival!

    September 2021
  • Hollywood South Urban Film Festival offered an exciting opportunity to show our film. We are very impressed with the festival’s organization and the personal interest that the directors showed in our documentary. Participation in the festival was a pleasant and rewarding experience from beginning to end. We wish this festival the best as it continues to bring outstanding films to its promising venue.

    September 2021
  • Great Film Festival! Clear communication throughout.

    September 2021
  • Spencer Howard

    It was a privilege to have our film screened alongside the works of so many amazing, creative filmmakers. I also received so many positive comments from friends who treasured the opportunity to see films they would've not otherwise seen. Thank you.

    September 2021
  • Harrell Williams Sr

    Great Festival! Thank you all so much for accepting my film "A Natural Choice." Best to you All!!

    November 2020