Among the judges and advisers are Hustle & Flow producer Stephanie Allain, The Best Man casting director Robi Reed, Shaft (2000) 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.
The competition is presented through a partnership between the city of Los Angeles and the Pan African Film Festival (Paff) under L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson’s embRACE L.A. initiative.
“Through the medium of film, we are encouraging young filmmakers to be a part of this conversation, just as many of John Singleton’s films were a conversation about race in South Los Angeles,” Wesson said in a recent statement.
September 15 is the deadline to submit live-action short narrative scripts for the competition.