CDL Exclusive: The 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival by BET Networks (Photos)

CDL Exclusive: The 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival by BET Networks (Photos)

The 16th Urbanworld Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday, was a big success. I was able to attend the festival Friday night to represent Celeb Dirty Laundry, and there was a great deal of excitement in the air as the casts and crews from the various films being featured arrived. All of them were smiling and laughing with each other as they passed along the red carpet in front of all the cameras.

“Doin” It In The Park” had the largest number of cast and crew members present, while Rosie Perez and Lance Reddick (“Won’t Back Down”) also grabbed the spotlight upon arriving. It was particularly fun to watch the actors and crew members who may not have much experience being in front of flashing cameras pass along the red carpet because they all exuded giddy excitement. They grinned at the cameras and struck silly, playful poses with the fellow members of their cast and crew. And then there was Dante Brown, (Cody in “Wont Back Down”) who sauntered out in front of the cameras Friday evening. He was posing and flashing a huge smile at everyone, cool as could be in his bright orange blazer and stylish fitted jeans.

While all the films screened successfully at the festival and should all receive some form of applause, there were, in the end, those select films that especially stood out and those which received recognition as the best film in their respective category. I was not able to see all the films, since I could only attend on Friday night and several of the screening times overlapped each other, but what I did see blew me away.

One of the films I saw, “Wont Back Down”  did not receive an award, however I think it deserves some recognition as well. I was heart-achingly moved by the story (which is based on true events); I thought the actors’ performances were fantastic and the directing, cinematography, and editing was also well done.  That being said, I am very much looking forward to seeing more of the films that I, unfortunately, didn’t get the chance to view. So, the winners of this year’s Urbanworld Film Festival are as follows:

Best Narrative Feature

Directed by Joshua Sanchez

Honorable Mention:
Wolf – Directed by Ya’Ke Smith

Best Narrative Short

Directed by Jesse Atlas

Honorable Mention:
“Forever In Hiatus” – Directed by Andy Nguyen

Best Documentary Feature

Directed by Byron Hurt

Honorable Mention:
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on 4 Strings – Directed by Tadashi Nakamura

Best Screenplay

Written by Peter Lord

Honorable Mention:
Escaping Bushwick – Written by Javier Ortiz

Best Teleplay

Written by Pauline Gray

Audience Award

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK – Best Feature
Co-Directed by Kevin Couliau & Bobbito Garcia

BARBASOL – Best Short
Directed by Ralph Scott

Those are the winners. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the gallery of pictures below. Those pictured

Image credits to Elizabeth Chavez/Celeb Dirty Laundry