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Urbanworld 2014 Awards for Screenplay, Features, Shorts & Audience Categories

Urbanworld 2014 Awards for Screenplay, Features, Shorts & Audience Categories

The 18th Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival (,

presented by BET Networks with founding sponsor HBO, announced the awards for the screenplay, feature,

narrative short, narrative feature (U.S. and world) and audience categories today. The nation’s largest competitive

multicultural film festival screened over 70 films – including 12 world premieres; and concluded its five day

festival with an awards reception hosted by Tony® nominated actress Condola Rashad (The Trip To Bountiful)

and actor Stephen Hill (Draft Day) at Tribeca Grill Loft in New York’s Tribeca area.

“This year’s slate of winning festival selections truly represents a diversity of story and cultural relevance,” said

Gabrielle Glore, executive producer and head of programming, Urbanworld® Film Festival. With award winners

and honorable mention selections ranging from New York to Spain, Uganda, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago –

Urbanworld’s international and multicultural imprint is further punctuated by these amazing storytellers we


The 18th Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival winners are:

Best Screenplay – NOOR written by Nijla Baseema Mu’min

(Presented by BET Networks – $5,000 Prize)

The Jury:

Charlie Jordan Brookins, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, BET Networks

Franklin Leonard, Founder & CEO, The Black List

Melissa Breaux, Talent Manager, Washington Square Films

Reuben Cannon, Film & Television Producer

Best Feature Documentary – Lucky directed by Laura Checkoway

Honorable Mention – Sewing Hope directed by Derek Watson

The Jury:

Angela Northington, Vice President, Content Licensing & Acquisitions, Revolt TV

Geraldine Moriba, Executive Producer, CNN / Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, CNN Worldwide

Jackie Glover, Vice President, Documentaries, HBO

Best Narrative Short – Pitahaya directed by Albert Espinosa

(Presented by HBO – $5,000 Prize)

Honorable Mention – Sketch directed by Stephen T. Barton

The Jury:

Artel Great, Founder, Project Catalyst / Professor of Cinema & Media, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Marvin Scott, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO

Tamir Muhammad, Director, Content & Artist Development, Time Warner Inc.

Best Narrative Feature (U.S. Cinema) – Lake Los Angeles directed by Mike Ott

(Presented by Fox Audience Strategy – $5,000 Prize)

Honorable Mention – In The Morning directed by Nefertite Nguvu

The Jury:

Dori Begley, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures

Stacy Spikes, Founder, Urbanworld® Film Festival / Co-Founder & CEO, MoviePass

Tilane Jones, Managing Director, AFFRM / Array Releasing

Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) – Los Angeles directed by Damian John Harper

Honorable Mention – God Loves The Fighter directed by Damian Marcano

The Jury:

Frida Torresblanco, Producer, Braven Films

Niija Kuykendall, Vice President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President, Special & Alternative Content, AMC Theatres/Entertainment

Ted Hope, CEO, Fandor / Film Producer

Audience Award Winner Best Feature – In The Morning directed by Nefertite Nguvu

(Presented by Panavision – $15,000 camera package donation of Panavision equipment)

Audience Award Winner Best Short – Sketch directed by Stephen T. Barton

(Presented by Panavision – $5,000 camera package donation of Panavision equipment)

Additional information and video from the festival can be found on

Along with presenting sponsor BET Networks and founding sponsor HBO, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo

was a premiere sponsor and industry circle supporters included Fox Global Directors Initiative, Cinemax,

Interactive One, Panavision, MoviePass, Moguldom, RLJ Entertainment, the Directors Guild of America and

AMC Theatres.

Next year’s festival will be in New York in September 2015.

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