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Acclaimed Urban Themed Film Festival Accepting Submissions Until April 7, 2006

New York, NY (February 1, 2006) –Urbanworld, the leading showcase for urban, ethnic, and multicultural cinema, and VIBE magazine, the preeminent brand in urban music and culture, announced a call for entries for the co-branded Urbanworld VIBE Film Festival. The Manhattan-based festival will begin on June 21 and run through June 25, 2006. Submissions forms are available at www.urbanworld.org, with competitive categories that include feature film, short film, documentary film, screenplay, and music video.

The Urbanworld VIBE Film Festival competition categories are open to U.S. and international filmmakers of African, Latino, and Asian descent.  If the director is none of the above, the film must feature cast members of African, Latino, or Asian descent in prominent roles or have a screenwriter of African, Latino or Asian descent.   All films must have been completed after January 1, 2005 in English or contain English subtitles. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 7, 2006 and all entries must arrive postmarked by that date.  Submissions will be accepted on DVD only and must be accompanied by a category specific entry form and submission fee.  There is no limit as to the number of entries that can be submitted by a filmmaker.  For entry forms or more information on eligibility requirements, entry procedures, and fees, log on to www.urbanworld.org.

“We are looking forward to an exciting crop of films this year that will demonstrate the wide range of talent that exists in the industry,” says Urbanworld Foundation Chairman Emeritus Stacy Spikes. “Past festival winners have gone on to make a significant impact in the film world.”

The five-day event will feature studio premieres, independent film screenings, panels, screenplay readings, talent spotlights, and an awards brunch honoring the festival’s winners. As a result of the new collaboration, this year’s festival will be a larger and more exciting experience with a host of new elements that include: more films, expanded panels, video game sidebar, enhanced sponsorship opportunities and nightlife.

During its tenure, the festival has screened more than 500 urban-themed independent films and has been a launching pad for a host of major breakout films such as Collateral, Hustle and Flow, Hero, Soul Food, Rush Hour 2, and Barbershop,and has also attracted the industry’s hottest stars, including Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry,  and Tom Cruise, to name a few . Urbanworld is the world’s largest competitive film festival to redefine and enhance the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary cinema.



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