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H’w’d fest expands docu category

'Diplomat' to be showcased

The fifth annual Hollywood Film Festival, to be held Aug. 2-6, has established the Hollywood Humanitarian Award and expanded its documentary category.

“The Hollywood Humanitarian Award is bestowed on an individual for his/her dedication to fighting injustices and creating social change for the improvement of human rights,” said fest director Carlos de Abreu. “We select the recipient for the award from our documentary submissions.”

The fest will be expanding its docu category by launching the Hollywood Documentary Film Festival. Two consecutive days will be dedicated to showcasing more than 20 docs from around the world.

Fest will showcase docu “The Diplomat,” which tells the story of Jose Ramos Horta’s 25-year struggle to free his country, East Timor. Horta received the Nobel Peace Prize Award in 1996 for his work toward East Timor’s independence.

The Hollywood Film Festival documentary advisory committee includes Michael Donaldson, prexy of the Intl. Documentary Assn.; Udi Epstein, prexy of Seventh Art Releasing; Sydney Levine, owner of FilmFinders; Albert Maysles, documentarian; Sheila Nevins, exec veep, HBO; publicist Fredell Pogodin; Bob Reid, senior veep, Discovery Channel; Steven Rothenberg, exec veep, Artisan Entertainment; Arnold Schwartzman, producer and chairman of the AMPAS documentary branch; David Seevers, ABC News Video Source; and actress Lesley Ann Warren.

The deadline for submissions the Hollywood Film Festival has been extended to May 30.