VENUE: AMC Empire 25 in midtown Manhattan, with Opening Night at the SVA Theater in Chelsea in NYC.
DATE: September 21 – 25, 2016
The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind, hosted in New York City. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings and conversations, live staged screenplay readings, the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media, and Urbanworld Music, which highlights emerging talent in live performances during after party events. Since its inception, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld has been supported over the years by Founding Sponsor HBO and Presenting Sponsor BET Networks.
Known as the filmmaker’s festival, where it’s all about celebrating and supporting amazing independent film, Urbanworld will be hosted at AMC Empire 25 in midtown Manhattan, with Opening Night at the SVA Theater in Chelsea. Last year, Urbanworld featured filmmakers from around the world screening over 80 films, including red carpet studio premiere “Beyond The Lights” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, and Danny Glover. Urbanworld Digital provides a forum for research and case study presentations, panel and roundtable discussions, as well as intensive workshop on relevant industry subject matter. Filmmakers enjoy hosted industry events by festival partners including HBO, the DGA, and BET Networks. After dark, Urbanworld Music celebrates the intersection of music and film, with indie musicians and DJs sharing their music with festival attendees during evening after parties. Simply put…Premieres, Panels, Parties.
Update (8/23/16): Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo will serve as the ambassadors for the festival’s 20th anniversary edition, which runs from September 21 – September 25, 2016, in New York City, with AMC Empire 42nd Street hosting its featured film screenings.