nullI’ll return for a much more closer look at the lineup, including individual highlights of films (especially those not previously covered on this blog).

So, in the meantime, check out the full lineup, via press release below.

The festival runs from October 2 to 6 this year.

Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces Official Lineup for 2013 Fest

67 Films Express a Broad Range of Themes and Issues

August 15, 2013 (Beverly Hills, CA) — The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) today announced its official lineup of films for the 2013 fest.  A total of 67 films will be presented.  HBFF 2013 runs October 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.  Screenings will be held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.

The HBFF 2013 lineup of 67 Official Selections includes 5 Features, 41 Shorts, 11 Student Films, 8 Docs and 2 Web Series. 

“From action to comedy and romance to family-friendly, our lineup offers something for everyone. I think we’ve put together an incredible lineup representative of the vast creative talents of emerging and veteran black filmmakers,” says Tanya Kersey, the festival’s founder and executive director.  “This year’s films reflect the full diversity of the black experience in America, and reflect a wide range of cinematic expressions from progressive black voices throughout the Diaspora.”

A new sidebar will debut this year called Film Diaspora.  Film Diaspora will highlight independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora. Films submitted to compete in this category must have been produced by filmmakers residing outside the U.S. in Africa, the Caribbean or Latin America.

“HBFF has a history of screening films from throughout the Diaspora. In addition to opening the 2011 festival with “A Million Colours,” a South African film, we’ve screened films from Nigeria, Ghana, Central African Republic, Burundi, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Niger, Haiti, Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago, so Film Diaspora is a natural extension of our commitment to Black filmmakers throughout the Diaspora,” said Kersey.

In its inaugural year, Film Diaspora will unspool 5 films (3 features and 2 shorts) from four countries — Cameroon, Madagascar, Nigeria and South Africa.

Following is the complete lineup of films:


Hard Time Bus

Writer: Owen Mowatt – Director: Dean Charles

THY Will Be Done

Writer/Director: Albert Johnson


’00:03:00 THRILLER’

Writer: Teri Woods – Director: Dupuy Fatal III

Anger Mis Manangement

Writer/Director: Jorge Sanchez

Bored of the Rings

Writer/Director: Rashim Cannad

Charity Case

Writer: Jerod Brennen – Director: Jenn Shaw

Clean Teeth Wednesdays

Writer/Director: Catherine Bruhier

Colored My Mind

Writer/Director: Nia Hill

Descent of a Superstar

Writer: Alexander McCoy-Smith – Director: Omari Matlock

Faux Pas

Writer: Aaron Coats – Director: Raphael Nash

Finding Our Voice

Writer/Director: Daniel Lir

Five Dollars

Writer: Chris Cromie – Director: Reza Dahya


Writer/Director: Ricky Horne

If I Were A Bell

Writer/Director: Sherese Robinson Lee

Lil Tokyo Reporter

Writer/Director: Jeffrey Chin

Living & Loving In The Moment

Writer/Director: Jonathan A. Lewis

Lou’s Prey

Writer/Director: Juan Davis

Lunch with Jeremiah

Writer: Elijah Rock – Director: Shelton Mack


Writer/Director: Jacquin Deleon

One Night A Stranger

Writer/Director: Chris Strikes

Perfect Day

Writer/Director: Derrick L. Sanders

Prima Facie

Writer: David Tinsley/Story Michael Shahin – Director: David Tinsley

Ritechus Cry

Writer: Jacolby Percy/Co-Writer Byron Morris – Director: Jacolby Percy


Writer/Director: Akil DuPont


Writer/Director: Tchaiko Omawale

Soul Mates

Writer/Director: Reginald Jackson

String of Light

Writer/Director: Asher Emmanuel

Sunday’s at Noon

Writer: Lyric Anderson/Co-Writer Tami Roman – Director: Karamuu Kush

The Bully

Writer/Director: Jamie Burton-Oare

The Bully

Writer/Director: Frederick Fields

The Coffers

Writer/Director: Eric Wilson

The Companion

Writer/Director: Dreka Shevon

The Silent Treatment

Writer/Director: Martine Jean

The Vacancy

Writer/Director: James Dinkins

The Watch

Writer/Director: Roger Franks


Writer/Director: Shola Amoo

Troubled Man

Writer/Director: Aaron Lewis


Writer: Raykel Tolson – Director: Raykel Tolson/Co Director Jamall Crenshaw

Used to BE

Writer: John Calhoun – Director: Steve Toles

Victim Of Circumstance

Writer: Torrei Hart – Director: Zaahir Abdullah

Ying and Yang

Writer: Devere Rogers – Director: Kevin Darnell Walker


Beyond the Echo of the Drum

Writer/Director: Lori Webster

Death of a Wizard

Writer: Alex Thompson/Co Writer Sasha Whitaker – Director: Edward Varine


Writer/Director: ShaneBook

Fall Beats

Writer/Director: Misa Spencer

Girls Like Us! Part 1

Writer: Anike Bay – Director: Chan Smith / Co-Director: James McFarland


Writer/Director: McKinley Johnson


Writer/Director: Anthony Harper

Nigga… Nigga… NIGGA!

Writer/Director: Michael Blevins

Secrets For Strangers

Writer/Director: Boniquea Matthews

Southern Hospitality

Writer: Atoki Lleka – Director: Dennis Hodges


Writer/Director: Brandon Lake


Adopted ID

Writer: Andrew Togobo – Director: Sonia Godding-Togobo

American Beatboxer

Writer/Director: Manauvskar Kublall

A Profile In Courage: Linda L. Smith

Writer/Director: Reginald Brown

In Search of the Black Knight

Writer/Director: Tamarat Makonnen

Prison Body – Freedom Soul: The Saga Of Robert Coney

Writer/Director: Richard Willis Jr


Writer/Director: Adeyemi Michael

Step Up

Writer/Director: Noube Rateau

Take Us Home

Writer/Director: Aileen LeBlanc/Co-Director Orly Malessa


Life Coach Chronicles

Writer/Director: Freda Hobbs

Mommy Unsensored: Confessions of a Real Mom

Writer: Adrian Dukes/Charity Jordan/Keilana Franklin/Neil Maxwell/Shannon Byrd/Sonya Tate-Smith/Zoie Sykes/

Director: Christine Horn/Justin Jordan/David Kote/Nik Mynyon/Sharell Luckett/



Malagasy Mankany (Legends of Madagascar)

Writer/Director: Haminiaina Ratovarivony


Flower Girl

Director: Michelle Bello


Ninah’s Dowry

Director: Victor Viyuoh




Director: Eunice Chiwesha Goldstein

South Africa


Director: Willis Ikedum