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From October 26-30, the Urbanworld Film Festival returned to New York for its 26th anniversary. The festival was a hybrid of live and virtual screenings showcasing narrative and documentary features, short films, music videos and web originals. The DGA has been a patron of Urbanworld since 2000.

As part of the Guild’s outreach efforts to independent filmmakers, the DGA hosted a virtual lunch on October 28 for directors who participated in this year’s festival. The filmmakers were welcomed by DGA Deputy Chief Executive Mary Hatch, who gave a brief overview of the Guild’s mission to protect the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the production team. Hatch then introduced DGA Director and Urbanworld alum Malcolm D. Lee, whose series pilot, The Best Man: The Last Chapterswas screened at the festival.

Lee explained to attendees what it means to be part of the DGA film community and the benefits of having the Guild behind you while filming. Urbanworld Programmer and Producer Ashley Mui and Programming Manager Karen McMullen were also on hand to offer advice on how to make the most of the festival’s opportunities.

Other DGA members whose projects have been highlighted during the festival include Directors Elegance Bratton (inspection), JD Dillard (Dedication) and Nelson George (Say hello, Willie Mays!).

About the Festival

Founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, the Urbanworld Film Festival is a five-day event that also includes panel discussions and the Urbanworld Digital track focusing on digital and social media. The Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to redefining the role of minorities in contemporary cinema and developing the urban film community.

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