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CityViews: CR Capers Announces Hip Hop Film Festival Nominees

June 29, 2018 - 5:00 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Hip Hop Film Festival is back and hotter than ever.

In this week’s episode of “CityViews,” CR Capers, founder and CEO of the Hip Hop Film Festival spoke with 1010 WINS’ Sharon Barnes-Waters to discuss the 2018 event and announce the nominees.  

“We have really touched on something that’s not been done before,” Capers said of the festival’s growing popularity. “We are focusing on filmmakers who are raised in the hip hop culture.”

The HHFF will feature roughly 114 filmmakers from around the globe, including entries from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa and more. The films will screen over the course of four days from Aug. 2-5.

Capers also explained that in addition to screenings, this year’s festival will have a virtual reality exhibit that will allow people to experience VR films created by the “hip hop cultured.”

The founder also noted that the HHFF isn’t looking to compete with other film festivals. She explained that they instead look to provide hip hop filmmakers with the resources, growth and collaborations needed to get them into larger events, like the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Categories that filmmakers will compete in include best documentary, best feature, best director and best of the fest.

“‘Best Of The Fest’ is the ‘Holy Grail,’ ” Capers explained. “If you’ve won this category, you’ve won the entire festival.”

People who have won the award have gone on to earn Emmy nominations and distribution deals. Spike Lee also plans to produce a feature length version of “See You Yesterday,” directed by last year’s winner Stephon Bristol.

The festival’s exclusive G.O.A.T. Legend In Film award will also be presented to filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, who CR Capers credits as being the architect of independent film.

Here are the nominees:

Best Feature

Charlie

Gun

And there Were 4

One Bedroom

Best Documentary

Fantastic: The Legacy of Slum Village

New York To Conakry

Believe The Beat

Fear No Gumbo

Best of the Fest International

City of Light (France)

Hip 2 Da Hop (Portugal)

Lollipop (Saudi Arabia)

Thesha (South Africa)

Best Director

8 Million Miles From Hintahood 

Hope

Her Being Home

Still Water Runs Deep

Best of the Fest

For The Love Of Music

REPAIRations

Fear No Gumbo

Supa Supa