Harlem Film House
Jul 4, 2019 · 3 min read

The Hip Hop Film Festival Announces Its 2019 Line Up: Honors John Singleton as the G.O.A.T.

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John Singleton Honored As The Greatest Of All Time in Film at the 2019 Hip Hop Film Festival

The Hip Hop Film Festival offers a platform for diverse stories rooted in the essence of hip hop culture.

NEW YORK, May 31, 2019 — The Harlem based Hip Hop Film Festival (HHFF) returns for it’s fourth season, honoring the legacy and social impact of John Singleton and presenting stories from the culture from over 150 filmmakers from around the world in competition. The festival takes place from Thursday, August 1 to Sunday, August 4 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, located at 2031 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

With over 150 filmmakers and 3,000 film enthusiasts coming into New York from all over the world, this four-day event creates a platform for stories from the culture. By screening the stories of hip hop culture, the traditional film categories of drama, sci-fi, action, thriller, and more are reshaped and redefined (see the full line-up here).

This year the festival’s prestigious G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Award goes to John Singleton. Special events honoring the icon are planned throughout the festival season, beginning on July 19th 2019 with a Brooklyn block party powered by NYC Parks Dept. in Prospect Park called #WeWatch Under The Stars, featuring live DJ’s and a FREE screening of “Boys In The Hood”.

August 3rd, 2019 is The Black Gold Gala & Harlem Film House fundraiser powered by Black Gold Vape, which includes a high-end 5 course dinner curated by Chef Coupet and featuring entertainment inspired by the movies of Singleton at the festival’s 2 story art gallery housed at the National Black Theatre.

“The Hip Hop Film Festival is committed to empowering filmmakers and movie lovers that grew up in the universal culture of Hip Hop,” said HHFF founder CR Capers.

Past submissions and winners have generated great success for the festival. Out of hundreds of entries, Stefon Bristol’s “See You Yesterday” won the hearts and minds of judges and was picked up by SPIKE LEE & NETFLIX for the big screen. The festival awards the distinction of BEST of the FEST in 20 categories including, Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Web Series and more. The festival and the featured filmmakers receive worldwide press and many go on to be invited to other festivals, offered world tours and obtain distribution deals.

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With the collaboration of the festival’s current partners, the HHFF will be able to offer support and resources to film fans all over the world. Through a partnership with BET, the winner of the festival’s DOPE WEB competition will receive a development meeting with the head of BET Digital programming. The winner of the documentary category will receive an acquisition meeting with REVOLT TV networks. In addition, through it’s on going collaboration with Final Draft, the HHFF will be able to promote new inclusivity tools found in scriptwriting programs in order to encourage depictions of diversity.

The festival will also be debuting on REVOLT Networks on June 21 to showcase the best talent that the HHFF has to offer with a takeover of the network’s top rated program SHORT & FRESH.

More information regarding the festival and festival passes, visit hiphopfilmfestival.org.

About the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC

Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival is the only festival to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. This season the festival hosts over 100 directors, producers and screenwriters from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more. The Hip Hop Film Festival features every genre (mystery, sci-fi, horror, action, romance, etc.) of story from filmmakers who live across the world. It is also the only film festival that seeks to share its profits from the festival with the filmmakers selected to participate.

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