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Urbanworld Announces 2013 Festival Winners; Closes Week with “Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”






 The Winners Circle: Stacy Spikes (Urbanworld founder), Tai Beauchamp, Marvin Scott (HBO), Allison Bonner Shillingford, Solvan “Slick” Naim, Robert Kolodny, Yoruba Richen, Darius Clark Monroe, Greg Rhem (HBO), and Gbenga Akinnagbe 

Hosts Tai Beauchamp &
Gbenga Akinnagbe

NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2013) – The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, has announced the winners of the narrative feature, documentary feature, documentary short, narrative short, screenplay, teleplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 18-22 and concluded today with an awards reception at Tribeca Grill Loft hosted by style and beauty expert Tai Beauchamp and actor/producer Gbenga Akinnagbe. Urbanworld, which screened 60 films this year (including 4 world premieres and 2 U.S. premieres), isthe largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color. Urbanworld thanks its partners BET Networks– presenting sponsor, HBO– founding sponsor, Universal– premiere sponsor, their industry circle partners and media partners.


The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:


Best Narrative Feature – Presented by Fox Audience Strategy – $5,000 Cash Prize

Yoruba Richen



Directed by Vicky Wight


Honorable Mention:

Sable Fable – Directed by Stephen Jackson
Best Documentary Feature



Directed by Yoruba Richen


Honorable Mention:

Allison Bonner Shillingford

Brother’s Hypnotic – Directed by Reuben Atlas


Best Narrative Short – Presented by HBO – $5,000 Cash Prize



Directed by Alonso Alvarez

Honorable Mention:

“Baghdad Messi” – Directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa

Best Screenplay – Presented by BET Networks – $5,000 Cash Prize


Darius Clark Monroe


Written by Darius Clark Monroe

Best Teleplay – Presented by BET Networks – $5,000 Cash Prize


Written by Allison Bonner Shillingford
Audience Award – Feature



Directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim


Solvan “Slick” Naim


Audience Award – Short



Directed by Robert Kolodny


The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Jurors are:



  • Dori Begley – Senior Vice President, Magnolia Pictures
    Robert Kolodny
  • Nikkole Denson-Randolph – Vice President – Specialty & Alternative Content, AMC Theatres
  • Zola B. Mashariki – Senior Vice President, Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Valerie Meraz – Vice President, Program Acquisitions, Turner Entertainment Networks
  • Maria Zuckerman – Vice President, HBO Films


  • Andre Des Rochers – Partner, Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP
  • Kelly Edwards – VP, Talent Development, HBO
  • Smokey D. Fontaine – Chief Content & Creative Officer, Interactive One
  • Niija Kuykendall – Vice President, Production Warner Bros. Pictures
    Stacy Spikes &
    Gabrielle Glore
  • Frida Torresblanco – Award Winning Producer


  • Jacqueline Glover – Vice President, Documentary Films, HBO
  • Shola Lynch – Award-Winning Filmmaker
  • Tricia Rose – Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University


  • Scott Budnick – President, Green Hat Films
  • Franklin Leonard – Founder, The Black List
  • Christopher Mack – Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Workshop, Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Constance Orlando – Vice President, Original Programming, BET Networks
    Constance Orlando, Tai Beauchamp, Tamara Gregory
  • Heather Morris Washington – Manager, Emerging Writers Fellowship Program, Universal Pictures


  • Roger Bobb – President & CEO, Bobbcat Films
  • Nkechi Okoro Carroll – Writer
  • Erica Montolfo-Bura – Executive Producer


For more information on the Urbanworld Film Festival,


                        Crystal McCrary                                              Stacy Spikes with Tai Beauchamp and Gbenga Akinnagbe  



    Gabrielle Glore and Emil Wilbekin      Tai Beauchamp, Gina Reyes, Gbenga Akinnagbe             Shola Lynch 



Tai Beauchamp, Marvin Scott, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Greg Rhem         Guests await the announcement of the winners



                          Team Urbanworld!                                             A packed house at Tribeca Grill 


Dotted Line (Orange)





 Gabrielle Glore & George Tillman          Michael K. Williams & Jeffrey Wright               Jamie Hector 

(NEW YORK) – September 22, 2013 – The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by

BET Networks closed the week out with a screening of the Codeblack/Lionsgate film THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE attended by director George Tillman and Jeffrey Wright.

Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright and actress Margot Bingham participated in a Q&A following a Season 4 screening of HBO’s “BOARDWALK EMPIRE.” Director Crystal McCrary along with NBA player/executive producer Amar’e Stoudemire screened the documentary LITTLE BALLERS.Jamie Hector (THE MAGIC CITYChesney Snow, Rahzel andRick McKeown from AMERICAN BEATBOXER were in the building, while the cast of the film FULL CIRCLE were also on hand for the festivities that evening.

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Photos: Terrence Jennings



                       Crystal McCrary with the cast of LITTLE BALLERS                                  Amar’e Stoudemire 



        Coodie Simmons                                          Bevy Smith                                           Sidra Smith 



               Margot Bingham                                   Gano Grills                                       Chesney Snow & Rick McKeown



                      Cast of FULL CIRCLE                                          Cast of AMERICAN BEATBOXER 



Audience awaits the screening of BOARDWALK EMPIRE           Bevy Smith moderates the BOARDWALK EMPIRE Q&A


The Urbanworld® Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media.  Over the last fifteen years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits.  Urbanworld® has also provided a platform for some of today’s leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace.  The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment.  By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects.  Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld Film Festival.  The festival website is


BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.


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