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

Overall Rating
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  • Harrell Williams Sr

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

    November 2020
  • Loved working with them. Great festival and crew.

    October 2020
  • Marcellus Cox

    I’m beyond honored and humbled to receive the Best Short Film Award for my film Mickey Hardaway it truly means the world to me and my team. Thank You to the Hollywood South Urban Film Festival for all of the love and support.

    October 2020
  • gavin guerra

    Putting on a "virtual" film festival is not an easy thing. Participants and the audience are remote, distracted and not 100% engaged. That is what made HSUFF so impressive. Bruce and Joe managed to make the entire experience inclusive and pleasurable. It was a great experience to have my film in the festival, and I hope they keep it going for many many more years. Way to go HSUFF!!

    October 2020
  • Ken Sagoes

    THANK YOU for selecting our short film “The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie,” to be included in the Hollywood South Urban Film Festival. The event is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    August 2020