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ACT UP! is a one of a kind event where the best screenwriters and the hottest actors and actresses come together for live reads and networking with influential producers, directors and film investors to foster growth, opportunity and hopefully... better scripts.

ACT UP! has spawned a thriving community that blends the film world with the theatre world.

Over the past year, ACT UP! has grown into a vibrant, inclusive and diverse community of writers, actors, producers, directors, crew, etc. As we enter into 2020, we will see the expansion of the monthly ACT UP! series into additional major markets and egress markets, and the expansion of the screenwriter's competition to include an intensive writer's lab.

ACT UP! CITY TO CITY

PRIMARY MARKETS

NEW YORK | ATLANTA | LOS ANGELES

EGRESS MARKETS

HOUSTON | MEMPHIS | SEATTLE | PITTSBURGH

In 2020, ACT UP! City 2 City monthly events will take place in 2 PRIMARY MARKETS (New York & Atlanta) & 2 EGRESS MARKETS (Memphis & Seattle). This equates to 4 events per month, a total of 48 per year.

2021 will see the continued expansion of ACT UP City 2 City to additional markets throughout the domestic US.

RUN OF SHOW

The ACT UP! monthly series takes place each month in our primary and egress markets. Each city follows the same brand format.

ACTOR'S DEN

5:30pm - 7:30pm : Writers meet with actors and actresses on site to prepare for the live read portion of the evening. Writers can pull from the event actor pool or bring their own team to present the live read to the audience. Before hitting the stage, the team meets with the ACT UP Managing Producer, Qualah and Managing Director, Khalil Kain, for additional guidance and actor notes.

LIVE READS

8pm - 10 pm : The writer, using the actors from the Actor's Den, presents 5 pages of their script to an audience of fellow writers, producers, directors and film investors. After each reading, Quala leads a Q&A discussion with the writer and audience.

NETWORK

10 pm - 11pm : Chat n Chew - Have some drinks and meet everyone in the room while jamming to golden age Hip Hop. The person next to you could lead to your next gig, be a film investor or a new resource.

ACT OUT!

In conjunction with the Hip Hop Film Festival's 2020 season, one writer from the monthly program series will be invited into the Harlem Film House's incubator for writers called ACT OUT!

ACT OUT is led by Director/Writer , Actor KHALIL KAIN, and Actress/Writer/ACT UP! Managing Producer QUALAH.

The selected writer's work will be presented in full workshop format (complete with staging, set design and casting) that will combine live theatre & film in a way never experienced.

ACT UP! SCREENWRITER'S COMPETITION

The Hip Hop Film Festival’s Screenwriter’s Competition is a screenwriter’s showcase premiering the competition’s top 3 finalists. The finalists participate in a live reading of their script before an audience of Hollywood insiders featuring the most talented up and coming actors and actresses in the business.

2019 WINNER COURTNEY SAIZON / PROSPECT PARK

Submissions are called in from all over the world for writers to submit their scripts for a chance to win an acquisition meeting with THEO ROSSI's DOSDUDES pictures, prizes from FINAL DRAFT AND BACKSTAGE and more.

Three HHFF screenwriter finalists are given 10 minutes to perform a live read of their script for our panel of Hollywood heavyweights and an audience of their peers, casting agents and potential investors.

2019 Judges : DAVID NEGRIN, MARISSA KENNEDY, COURTNEY TAYLOR, LANGSTON FISHBURNE
ROSSI ALSO SERVES ON THE HARLEM FILM HOUSE ADVISORY BOARD

REACH

All ACT UP! events are livestreamed to the HARLEM FILM HOUSE's massive internal network and secondary influencer network for a reach of over 2 million via all social media channels with a primary concentration on Facebook & Instagram

ACT UP! is powered by

FINAL DRAFT and BACKSTAGE

The Hollywood Standard For Writers
The Hollywood Standard For Actors & Industry Professionals

PARTNER WITH US

Interested in partnering with us? Contact us at the email address below.

actup@harlemfilmhouse.org

212-254-4400

ACT UP! & The Hip Hop Film Festival brands are owned and produced exclusively by HARLEM FILM HOUSE, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to filmmakers and movie lovers from the culture. Visit our parent site at harlemfilmhouse.org

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