THE HIP HOP FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS FOR 2023

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4 min readAug 20, 2023

The Best Stories From The Culture Receive Recognition

NEW YORK, AUGUST 20, 2023 — The Hip Hop Film Festival announces the the winner of its prestigious BEST OF THE FEST designation. The award goes to the film and team that represents the best example of a narrative from the culture.

BEST OF THE FEST

KINGDOME

The remarkable journey of Terry ‘Huncho’ Cooper and his legendary Harlem basketball tournament, uniting a community through the love of the game and empowering generations to rise above adversity.

Additional categories including best documentary, short, network, music video and animation series are also up for consideration.

This year’s winners are as follows:

THE TUBMAN AWARD

These filmmakers represent the best examples of activism through their films.

AKIL DUPONT — A WISH GRANTED : A woman, Natonya Spear, had been looking for her father for 48 years. What happens when a DNA test gives her only one match to a 1st cousin she doesn’t know…

KYRA KNOX — BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN PHILADELPHIA : Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia is a full-length documentary focusing on the effects of gun violence on young men, women & mothers living in Philadelphia.

BEST FEATURE

THE SOUND OF SOUTHSIDE

In a rapidly gentrifying Queens NYC, Maliki — a young Jazz musician — sets out on a journey to continue his father’s legacy and reopen his famous Jazz club.

Finalists

MZUKA

BRONX BANDA

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN PHILADELPHIA

Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia is a full-length documentary focusing on the effects of gun violence on young men, women & mothers living in Philadelphia.

Finalists

Spiritual Cypher :Hip Hop & The Church

Kingdome

A Wish Granted

BEST FEATURE SHORT

PARALYSIS

A poetic film featuring spoken word artists who capture the stream of consciousness of bystanders who witness a young Black boy fight for his life.

Finalists

GOOD MAN

AT ALL COSTS

MOMMA

PLAYBACK

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

MOMMA

Exploring the relationship between a growing Lemarcus and his mother Denise , as she has molded him to become a man through life experiences in an African American household.

Finalists

LETTRE LA

PARALYSIS

GOOD MAN

BEST SCREENPLAY

GOOD MAN

A young man grapples with conflicting beliefs about masculinity after a video of him backing down from a fight goes viral.

Finalists

CHECKMATE FOR LIFE

PLAYBACK

EAST RIVER STORY

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BROKE DOWN DRONE

Poverty, Death and Hopelessness are all that can be expected in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago. For Roc (Willie Round) and DeVontae (Max Thomas), on the brink of potential stardom, the opportunity to escape all three is within reach, if only…

Finalists

UNDER THY WINGS

MZUKA

MIC DROP

Festival Categories

BEST TV READY SERIES

THE EXPATS INTERNATIONAL

Finalists

Gangsta Court

Unequally Yoked

BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTION

VEILS AROUND US

Finalists

Unravel

Running Star

GENRE WINNERS

BEST SCI FI

SUNSET — After meeting in the VR app THE VOID, two lovers find themselves trapped in the Metaverse when the app is decommissioned. With only few hours to escape , Nova and Prince must outwit the sinister presence known as VEIL to free their minds and bodies from being trapped in the metaverse forever.

BEST COMEDY

GANGSTA COURT — Outlaws of the ghetto take their matters to an underground courtroom to be judged by O.G. Murder, the most feared and respected crime-boss.

BEST DRAMA

CHECKMATE FOR LIFE — A man learns the game of chess from his estranged father in an attempt to overcome a plot designed to destroy his life!

BEST SOCIAL HORROR

PLAYBACK — On the day of a momentous studio session, an obnoxious recording artist finds herself trapped in a time loop.

BEST LOVE STORY

THE SOUND OF SOUTHSIDE — In a rapidly gentrifying Queens NYC, Maliki — a young Jazz musician — sets out on a journey to continue his father’s legacy and reopen his famous Jazz club.

Enjoy the festival offerings on the official Hip Hop Film Festival streaming network FRESH TV at https://myfreshtv.com

About the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC

The Hip Hop Film Festival is the flagship program of the Harlem Film House, a 501(c) (3) corporation that provides a platform for diverse voices in the film industry while promoting storytelling that reflects the experiences and perspectives of creatives from the culture around the world.

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Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House

Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, produces film & music festivals. operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offe