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HBFF adds extra day to fit growing pic bill

'Love and a Bullet,' 'Queen of the Damned' to screen

Extending the five-day fest an extra day to accommodate the unprecedented 80 pics skedded to unspool, the fourth annual Hollywood Black Film Festival will be held Feb. 5-10.

Opening with the presentation of “Love and a Bullet,” starring Anthony “Treach” Criss of Naughty by Nature, the fest will close with a tribute screening of “Queen of the Damned,” starring Aaliyah, who will be honored posthumously with the fest’s inaugural Inspirational Spirit Award.

The number of films screening this year is up 48% from 2001, including 32 shorts, 20 documentaries, 15 features and nine student films in the competitive categories; animation and musicvideo categories also will be introduced. The fest will host 52 world premieres, 11 West Coast bows and 16 Los Angeles preems for films in the competitive categories. For a complete list of films, please visit www.hbff.org.

Five screenwriters will vie for a $2,000 development prize in HBFF’s Storyteller competish, sponsored by Directors’ Circle Filmworks, which will culminate with a live stage reading at the Comedy Store’s Belly Room on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.

As in past years, HBFF 2002 will host panels, seminars and workshops for industry auds and emerging filmmakers at the adjunct Infotainment Conference.

HBFF 2002 is presented by entertainment industry trade publication Black Talent News, where HBFF founder and exec director Tanya Kersey-Henley serves as publisher and editor in chief.

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