May 4, 2001

Fifth Anniversary Urbanworld Film Festival

Call For Submissions:

Screenplay Competition, Feature Film Competition, Short Film Competition and HBO Documentary Competition

Entry Dates: March 1, 2001 - June 2001

The Fifth Anniversary of the Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by HBO, will be held from August 1-5, 2001 in New York City. The world's premiere showcase for films by African Americans, Latino and Asian filmmakers, Urban-world 2001 continues to redefine the parameters of film, entertainment and culture.

The Urbanworld Film Festival was launched in August 1997 with 35 films, by founder Stacy Spikes, a former executive at Miramax and October Films. By 1998 the festival had grown to present over 75 features, shorts and documentaries. Now in its fifth year, the Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind, with an advisory board that includes: Debbie Allen, Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Danny Glover, Tracey and Kenneth "Babyface," Edmonds and Andre Harrell. Spikes now serves as Chairman Emeritus. Joy Huang returns as executive producer the 2001 Urbanworld Film Festival.

Past festival features have included box office and award-winning hits: The Visit (scheduled for an April 2001 release from Urbanworld Films), The Original Kings of Comedy, The Best Man, Soul Food, Hoodlum, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Blue Streak, and more.


May 18 is deadline for high school poetry contest

La Jolla Country Day School is accepting entries from high school students throughout San Diego County for the 14th annual Amy Marie Watkins Memorial Poetry Prize. The contest was established in memory of Watkins, a Country Day student who died at the age of 17 in April 1987.

A $150 first prize and a $100 second prize will be awarded. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, May 18, 2001. For further information about the competition phone LJCD English Department Head Bruce Boston at (858) 453-3440 x168. Information can also be found at

Entry rules: Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible for the competition. No more than two poems per student may be entered, and each entry must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. All entries must be typed, and manuscripts will not be returned. Entries must include the following information: the author's name, home phone number, grade, school and school address, and name, address and phone number of the author's parent or guardian. All entries must be submitted by a member of the faculty or administration of the student's school, and the faculty sponsor's name should be included on each entry. They should be mailed to Bruce Boston at La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037 or e-mailed to

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