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WELCOME to the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival!

HBFF 2013 will be screening an Official Selection of 73 films at the Ricardo Montalban Theater, located at 1615 N. Vine St, Hollywood CA 90028.

HBFF 2013’s INFOTAINMENT CONFERENCE takes place at the W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028 and features a wealth of informational panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate actors. 

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Individual Panel Tickets (W Hotel Hollywood) - $30, plus fee
Individual Screening Tickets (Ricardo Montalban Theater) - $15, including fee

Schedule Subject to Change 

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Friday, October 4 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Pitch Development Workshop for Project Stargazer Semi-Finalists (Private Workshop)

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Presented in partnership with the PGA Diversity Workshop

(Private Workshop for the semi-finalists only)

In this closed-session workshop, Project Stargazer semi-finalists will further developed their sci-fi pitches with an eye to working up a strong narrative through-line, affecting characters, character arcs, subplot, and a sense of what the story is about most, i.e. what the writer is trying to communicate most in telling the story being told.  The goal of the workshop is to prepare Project Stargazer semi-finalists to give their best pitch possible during the Project Stargazer Pitch Panel.


Martha Cotton

Writer, Director, Producer (Pitch Workshop Mentor)
Martha Cotton recently co-founded Hot Flash Films, with three other women to increase the visibility of women behind the camera in all categories. The company currently has several film and television projects in development.
She started her career in broadcast journalism, where she won multiple awards, including several Emmys and DuPont awards during her tenure at NBC News. After traveling the world and having guns pointed at her in... Read More →

Rebecca Graham Forde

Writer, Producer (Pitch Workshop Mentor)
Rebecca Graham Forde is an award-winning producer/writer for television and film. She has produced over two hundred hours of non-fiction programming for channels such as History, Discovery, CBS, and OWN. Currently she is the Supervising Producer of Discovery's hit show "Fast N' Loud." She is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and currently serves as a Vice President of the Guild. A long-time mentor with the Diversity committee... Read More →
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Dan Halperin

Producer, Writer, Director, Epiphany Pictures
DAN HALPERIN produced feature films ROAD KINGS (Lionsgate // HBFF 2003) and SCARRED (Sony). He created & produced the Emmy-winning SHOWTIME series PICTURE WINDOWS, which was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. Dan wrote & directed the series pilot, as well as produced, wrote & directed for the PBS documentary series PHENOMENON: THE LOST ARCHIVES. Current projects include a comedy series for ABC Studios; the animation series, THE... Read More →

Charles Howard

Writer, Producer (Pitch Workshop Leader/Mentor)
Charles Howard began his show business career in our nations capital, but has called Hollywood his home for the last 20 years. He came to Los Angeles for Graduate School at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned a MFA in Film Production. From there his first professional job was as a Producer’s Assistant on the Fox TV Series Mantis. This lead to work as a Coordinator on a batch of movies and TV series; including Sliders, Dead at 21... Read More →

Julie Janata

Producer, Editor, Director (Pitch Workshop Mentor)
Julie Janata is an Emmy Award-winning producer, an editor and director, honored with a MacArthur Foundation grant. She is a story builder, crafting character-driven narrative and documentary features that have won more than 20 awards around the world. Five of her films have been selected to air on Showtime, two on PBS, two through PBS International, while others screened by invitation for the US Senate, Democratic National Convention and the... Read More →
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Christina Lee Storm

Producer / Executive Director, Act One
Christina Lee Storm is an international independent producer who has collaborated with filmmakers from around the world. She is partner and producer for her production company Accelerated Entertainment. Her most recent producing credits include To Save A Life, The Least of These, and Flesh: Bought & Sold in the U.S., a documentary about the widely overlooked yet widespread practice of human trafficking in the United States. Christina was... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am
The W Hollywood, Great Room 3 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

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