At the Hip Hop film Festival, we don't do panels and workshops.. we hold MASTER CYPHERS, where we bring in the Masters of the game and put them in a cypher with you. No pontificating, or bragging... our Cyphers represent the fifth element.. the Knowledge... and a place to gain and share resources with our Masters and each other. ***Masters subject to change
Admission to the HHFF Master Cyphers are included in our VIP, Biggie Shortie and Day pass. 


 

THE DOPE WEB CYPHER

Friday, August 2nd – 7:30pm

FREE ADMISSION WITH FESTIVAL PASS

 Now that everyone is creating content and making episodic content for the web, how does one stay unique and move the ever fickle mobile viewer to keep tuning in?  This cypher is a discussion with the masters of the web game…

Masters:

Snypes Murdock – Director, Digital Originals @ BET Digital (BET Networks)

Michael A. Pickney – Content Producer, Black Noise Media

Pascal Tessaud – Director, CANNES nominee, President of Cypher Films

Roni Simpson - Emmy Nominated Writer/Creator, Tough Love (?)

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WE STAY FLY - BLACK SKIN ON FILM

Saturday, August 3rd – 1:00pm

FREE ADMISSION WITH FESTIVAL PASS

Experiencing a truly captivating narrative on film relies heavily on wardrobe, makeup and styling. The clothes worn by actors can push a film over the top or it can destroy the entire premise of the film.  This cypher will bring together our most celebrated fashion icon in the fashion industry, DAPPER DAN and the foremost makeup Department Head in the Industry, RASHIDA BOLDEN to discuss their extensive experience creating styles and themes for all genres of film...and most importantly, the business and political side of Black Skin on Film.  The cypher is interactive as well, allowing for our audience to participate and gain insight and knowledge from the flyest in the industry.

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 NARRATIVES THAT CHANGE THE SYSTEM

Saturday, August 3rd – 2:00pm

FREE ADMISSION WITH FESTIVAL PASS

The HHFF is proud to present an intimate Master Cypher with the men and women who have tackled societal views through their documentary & narrative work.

Masters:

Bruce Cohen – Oscar Winning Producer (Best Picture), President of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Hollywood Liaison for Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces

Stefon Bristol – Award Winning Director, HHFF alumni and Director of NETFLIX’s See You Yesterday (HHFF 2017 Best of the Fest Winner)

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#BOSSCHICKS : THE BOSS PITCH

Saturday, August 3rd – 4:00pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

 The Boss Pitch is a "Shark-Tank" style pitch event where filmmakers and dreamers have the once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch DIRECTLY to WOMEN who are the decision makers of  successful corporations, media giants, investors and influencers.

GRAND PRIZE : ONE PERSON WILL RECEIVE A DEVELOPMENT MEETING WITH REVOLT NETWORKS

Masters:

DriaDonna Roland – COMPLEX Media

Squeaky Moore – Executive Producer / Pitch Guru

Sharon Parker Frazier – Plaza 7 Agency

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THE ART OF THE DEAL 

Sunday, August 3rd – 5pm

FREE ADMISSION WITH FESTIVAL PASS

A spirited discussion with industry peers regarding the art of the deal.  Tackling everything from publishing to distribution deals to financing to marketing, these Indie filmmakers and Hollywood executives offer advice and support to filmmakers navigating bringing their narratives to life.

Masters:

Chad “Cutty” Quinn – Award winning Director, HHFF Alumni & 2018 Best of the Fest winner, Director/Writer for TV ONE

Travis Del Valle – Programming & Acquisitions REVOLT Networks

Steven Beer – Partner, FWRV, Legal services to independent film producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, musicians, and film production and distribution companies

Cylla Senii – Award winning director, writer, Producer of BET’s Situationships