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10th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival


June 2nd - 7th

The 10th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival

(HBFF),dubbed “The Black Sundance,” is an annual 6-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world.

Attracting such stars and industry insiders as Academy Award® winners Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, John Singleton, Spike Lee, George Tillman, Tina Andrews, Reuben Cannon, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Antwone Fisher, Ice-T, Rev. Run, Bill Duke, Loretta Devine, Rockmond Dunbar, Lamaan Rucker, directors Tim Story, Preston Whitmore, Rob Hardy and Jeff Byrd, and producer Will Packer, the festival has become a hotbed for the Black Hollywood community.

The 10th Anniversary festival will be held June 2-7, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California, and will showcase the artistic expression of nearly 100 black filmmakers from around the world.

HBFF was founded in 1998 by its executive director, Tanya Kersey, in order to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers through a public exhibition and competition program. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, media and public.

Since its inception in 1999, HBFF has screened a total of 721 independent films including 132 features, 382 shorts, 108 documentaries, 73 student films, 14 animated films and 8 music videos, from all across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the Caribbean. It has held 339 world premieres, 13 U.S. premieres, 91 West Coast premieres and 59 Los Angeles premieres. Over 50,000 people have attended and enjoyed the diversity of Black Cinema through the festival.


8556 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

9036 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(1/2 block from WRITERS GUILD THEATER)

For more information and complete schedule, go to the official site



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