Ava Duvernay and David Oyelowo to Host 20th Anniversary Urban World Film Festival

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The Urban World Film Festival has been blazing trails, celebrating diversity in film and creating stars for twenty years and the 20th Annual go round is set to be the highlight of Hollywoods 2016 calendar. Urban World Film Festival Alumni Ava Duvernay with Selma star David Oyelowo are taking up the reigns as host and hostess for this years festivities. The Festival will screen 68 television, shorts and feature film projects.

Check out what Ava had to say about this years momentous occasion.

“I am honored to be one of this year’s Urbanworld ambassadors for the festival’s 20th anniversary, joining my friend David Oyelowo. I have always had a special relationship with Urbanworld, back to my days as a festival publicist to previewing my earlier films and now as an ambassador. Congratulations to Gabrielle Glore and the Urbanworld team on 20 dynamic years of providing a great platform for filmmakers of color to showcase their projects.

— Ava DuVernay


The list of special guest and stars planning to attend is amazing. Expect to see: Bevy Smith, TV & Radio Personality, Cory Hardict, “Brotherly Love”, Issa Rae, Acclaimed writer, producer and actress, Creator of “Insecure”, Jay Ellis, “The Game”, LaLa Anthony, “Power”, Melina Matsoukas, Director, Beyonce’s “Formation” and “Insecure”, Aisha Hinds, “Underground”, DeWanda Wise, “Precious”, Gina Prince-Bythewood, “Love & Basketball”, Jill Hennessy, “Law & Order”, Jonathan Demme, “Silence of The Lambs”, Reggie Rock Bythewood, “New York Undercover”, Sanaa Lathan, “Best Man Holiday”, Stephan James, “Selma”, Tristan Mack Wilds, “The Wire”, Bryshere Y. Gray, Empire, Chris Robinson, Director, “ATL”, The New Edition Story, Elijah Kelley, “The Wiz! Live”, Keith Powers, “Straight Outta Comptom”, Luke James, Grammy-nominated Recording Artist, Michael Bivins, New Edition, Ricky Bell, New Edition, Ronnie DeVoe, New Edition, Woody McClain, “Autographs” and Wood Harris, “The Wire”.

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