Tanya Kersey’s HBF Festival Duos With NASA

Categories // Entertainment Sunday, 06 October 2013

Going into its 13th year, The Hollywood Black Film Festival continues to be a great place for actors, screenwriters, filmmakers, directors and industry executives to discover and be discovered.
“This year we’re launching a film diaspora program which will screen films from black filmmakers from around the world,” says founder/executive Tanya Kersey.

“This gives an opportunity for black filmmakers in the diaspora to have a showcase of their own and for people to focus on them and see that they’re out there.”

What’s more, the HBFF has partnered with NASA to feature Project Stargazer, a competition created to encourage black screenwriters and filmmakers to become more creative in the science fiction genre.
“We’re really excited,” says Kersey. “Because this will give writers and filmmakers from diverse communities an opportunity to get into the sci-fi field in a big way.”

“Ten semi-finalists at the festival will pitch their projects in private workshops with industry people in the sci-fi field and with scientists from NASA. And the three best will be chosen to actually go into a lab and work on it.”
HBFF 2013 runs Oct. 2 - 6, and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” starring Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks is set to close this year’s festival.

Undoubtedly, “a lot of talented people actually get seen, they get an agent, they get a manager, they get a studio interested.”

Fledgling filmmakers attending the festival are also offered help at these workshops for as little as $30, “So they figure out a way early on to have a career strategy for longevity.”

Sadly, says Kersey, many come in with little to no experience.

“People have to have a serious consciousness change about how the industry operates. Reality TV has made it seem like Hollywood is so easy. And it’s not.

“You really just have to be smarter, wiser and more strategic with emerging technologies.”

Visit www.hbff.org for location, prices and screening times.

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