The 2nd Annual Hamptons Black International Film Festival (HBIFF), which took place in New York City, Sag Harbor, and Montauk, NY (Sept 2-5), was an energetic experience with festival goers from all over the world. “This years festival is the beginning of more great events to come,” said Festival Founder and Executive Director Angelique Monét.
This event would not have been successful without Premier Sponsors Bluecast Productions (P.J. Galati) and Fame Hampton. Our film slate was diverse ranging from Brazilian cinema, science fiction and comedy to romance and drama. “The goal of HBIFF is to provide a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase people of African descent, but not limited to,” Ms. Monét commented.
The following films garnered HBIFF awards:
Feature Films: 15 Minutes of Fame (Best Comedy Feature Film), Joy Road (Best Narrative Feature Film), The Big Wes (Best Mocumentary Feature Film), Dirty: One Word can change the World (Best Feature Documentary), Deceptive (Audience Choice Award), Greta Joanne Entertainment (Producer's Award)
Short Films: Hello, My Name Is Trouble (Best Narrative Short), Swahili Beat (Best International Short Documentary), The Tango Date (Best Dance Short), A Day For A Dark Sky (Best Science Fiction Short), Unna Calle Sin Salida (Best Adapted Short Story), The World According to Pop-Pop Dirty Foots (Best Comedy Series), Closure (Best Short Comedy)
MUSIC AWARD: Jaquan (Performing Artist of the Year Award)
Achievement Awards: Clarendon Entertainment - Achievement Award for Short Film Catalog, Allan C. Weisbecker - The Honorable Theo W. Mitchell 'Freedom of Speech' Award, Shiek Mahmud-Bey - Actors Spotlight Award
Bluecast Productions and Fame Hampton are the Festival’s Premier Sponsors, other sponsors include: Gurney’s Inn Resort & Spa, Last Hope Lagoon, Montauk Movie, Bay Street Theatre, Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café, Kahina, Georgi, Carlaya, Mind Soul Vision, Gravity, Village Arts Entertainment and East End Limousine. HBIFF Media Sponsors are Rob J Productions and Hampton Daze Magazine.
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