Friends of the late iconic filmmaker, John Singleton, have agreed to serve as judges and advisors for a film competition honoring the director. Among the judges and advisers are “Hustle & Flow” producer Stephanie Allain, “The Best Man” casting director Robi Reed, “Shaft” executive producer Paul Hall, and “Little” executive producer Preston Holmes. Also taking part are Bobbi Banks, Dawn Gilliam, Camile Tucker, Erika Conner, and Pat Prescott.
Academy Award winners Spike Lee and Regina King have also shown support for the competition on social media. “It’s heartwarming that John’s village of friends and colleagues are rallying to keep his flame burning by igniting other filmmakers dedicated to telling our stories,” explained Project Manager, Sherri G. Sneed, who worked with John Singleton in the early years of his career.
Interested filmmakers can take part in this major opportunity, to have their screenplay read by Hollywood insiders, when submitting their live-action short narrative script before the September 15th deadline. After a series of competition judging rounds, three winners will be awarded $20,000 each for the production and completion of a live-action narrative short film. Eligibility criteria information and submission forms are available at www.PAFF.org
The competition is presented through a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) under Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr.’s embRACE L.A. initiative.
By Samantha Ofole-Prince