2017 Submissions Open

20 years and counting...

Urbanworld extends much gratitude to the many partners and countless individuals whose fingerprints touched and shaped our 20th Anniversary celebration.  Highlighting industry content makers and innovators over the past two decades has been a humbling experience.  From the industry’s most established to the most promising who are emerging, the Urbanworld family expands each year and consistently maintains a strong tradition of talent.  Through the convergence of Film, Digital, and Music, we welcome you year-round to Urbanworld…where creativity and craft meet commerce and calling.  

As we memorialize 20 years, we are excited to launch Urbanworld INDEPENDENT, an extension of the festival offering original content that shares insight and expertise coupled with personal journeys and experiences.  From creative, to technical, to business points of view, Urbanworld INDEPENDENT curates and showcases unfiltered conversations from today’s most forward-thinking creators shaping our “urban” world.  

Urbanworld independent

Our new original content initiative is now live! Enjoy a few below or explore all of our 2016 UW Independent videos.

Urbanworld 2016 Winners


Shantell Martin

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, Urbanworld collaborated with genius visual artist and storyteller, Shantell Martin, to create an exclusive work of art encompassing the essence of Urbanworld. With simplicity and nuance, she shared her interpretation of Urbanworld, painting a picture of who we are and what we represent. Both her unique work and wisdom was highlighted across the festival through various creative materials and her participation in our Blurred Lines: Artistry & Activism event at BRIC.