The 27th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off with a sold-out opening night

Urbanworld kicked off its 27th festival at the SVA Theatre on Wednesday, November 1st with a sold-out Opening Night screening of the buzzy film American Fiction. Prior to the screening, director Cord Jefferson was presented with the Visionary Award by Urbanworld Festival Director Karen McMullen.

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Malcolm D. Lee and ‘American Fiction’ director Cord Jefferson attend the Opening Night of the 27th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival at the SVA Theatre with Jefferson accepting the Urbanworld Visionary Award for excellence in storytelling.

Following a rousing standing ovation from the audience, celebrated filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man) moderated the Q&A.


The evening ended with an afterparty at The Skylark NYC.

Urbanworld Board Member Gabrielle Glore (center) and guests enjoy a moment at the official after-party.

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About Urbanworld:

The Urbanworld Film Festival was launched in 1997 by Founder Stacy Spikes, Co-Founder and CEO of MoviePass, and a former Executive at Miramax and October Films. The five-day festival showcases narrative features, documentaries, short films, web originals, experimental, spotlight screenings and conversations, and music performances. Hollywood studios, networks, and streamers, as well as established and emerging content creators, have consistently chosen Urbanworld to premiere box office hits and award-winning projects. An initiative under the Urbanworld Foundation, the Festival is supported by Founding Partner HBO, and Prestige Partner Warner Bros. Discovery; Supporting Partners Comcast NBCUniversal, Disney+, ESPN Films, Freaknik Exclusively on Hulu, MoviePass, Open AI, Paramount+, Prime Video and Sony Pictures Entertainment; Contributing Partners Bloomberg Arts Initiative, Directors Guild of America, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and SVA SocDoc; Industry Partners Motion Picture Association, National Football League, Writers Guild of America East and Simple DCP; Media Partners iHeartMedia and Epicenter. Visit for more information.