The Hollywood Black Film Festival is now accepting film, idea & Script Submissions 

 The Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces 2017 Dates. February 22-26, 2017 ~ Marina Del Rey, California


Known as one of the leading Black film festivals in the world, the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is back after a brief hiatus and the 2017 event is going to be bigger, better and badder than ever!

Now in its fourteenth year, the upcoming edition of Hollywood Black Film Festival will “Festival at the Beach” from February 22nd to February 26th, 2017 in Marina Del Rey, California.

HBFF 2017’s call for submissions is for feature, shorts, student and documentary films, and web series.  The festival is also accepting film submissions for the Film Diaspora sidebar competition, idea submissions for Project Stargazer, and scripts for the Storyteller Competition.  All submissions will be accepted exclusively through Film Freeway.

HBFF accepts film submissions from all filmmakers, however to be eligible for the festival’s competitive program, one of the film’s creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer must be Black or of African heritage.  All other films will be considered for the festival’s invitational program.

The Film Diaspora sidebar reaches out beyond borders to Black filmmakers from throughout the DIaspora.  This sidebar highlights independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Project Stargazer, produced in partnership with NASA, will be back for the second year.  The program accepts film or TV story ideas (completed scripts not required) that clearly feature NASA technologies, space or earth sciences as integral plot elements in the story.  Main characters should represent the diverse panorama of the 21st century.

The Storyteller Competition accepts scripts from black screenwriters who are serious about a career as a screenwriter. Submissions of screenplays of 90-120 pages, on any topic and genre, will be accepted.

Deadlines to submit to HBFF 2017 are as follows:

  • September 30, 2016EARLY DEADLINE
  • November 1, 2016REGULAR DEADLINE 
  • December 1, 2016LATE DEADLINE 
  • December 5, 2016NOTIFICATION DATE
  • February 22- 26, 2017HBFF 2017 EVENT DATE 

Submissions rules and regulations and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2017 Hollywood Black Film Festival are now available at

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to, or by calling 844-560-HBFF.  For general festival information:  You can visit the official festival website at

The Oscar nominated movie SPOTLIGHT is honored by The Los Angeles Press Club

President Robert Kovacik, LA Press with Boston Globe Reporter Michael Rezendes (center) Ben Bradlee, Boston Globe (far right) with LA Press Club officers.

President Robert Kovacik, NBC, LAPC guest, LA Press with Boston Globe Reporter Michael Rezendes (center), LAPC Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus, Ben Bradlee, Boston Globe on the red carpet of the LA Press Club, Steve Allen Theater.

“First of all, we chose to name the award ‘Veritas’ for the Latin word for truth– or more correctly for the elusive Roman goddess is known for her beauty and purity,” said LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik, NBCLA Anchor, in describing a new LAPC award handed to the cast and crew of SPOTLIGHT. Kovacik moderated the Inaugural Veritas Award event, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at the Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood. It was a unique peek behind the scenes with characters in the movie and the real Boston Globe writers and editors like Ben Bradlee, Jr., and Michael Rezendes.

SPOTLIGHT was written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, who also directed it. “As journalists, our job is to find the truth following the path to her wherever it may lead and deliver to our readers and audience whatever her form may be– even when she is ugly or painful,” they both said.

“I never thought it (the movie Spotlight) would become a reality,” said Michael Rezendes, senior investigative reporter, Spotlight Team, The Boston Globe. “The producers approached us in 2008 and here we are in 2016, it took a long time to happen.” Rezendes was asked about the image of reporters and if he thought this movie might boost that and call for more investigative writers and reporters? More on the full story here.
LA Press Club honors Oscar Nominated SPOTLIGHT movie. (photos)