Urbanworld advances the inclusiveness and impact of diverse content creators by providing a platform that highlights storytelling from around the world and fosters a community of distinct voices.

Our Story

The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, we curate a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. We fight tirelessly to expand the definition of “urban” beyond ethnicity to include sensibility, culture, and proximity. We strive to be “the filmmakers festival” and “the people’s festival,” providing a point of intersection where creators and audiences meet to experience bold and diverse artistic works. We welcome you to the Urbanworld family!


Our Festival

Urbanworld is a five-day festival, anchored in film, showcasing narrative and documentary features, short films, spotlight screenings and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings. The festival’s Urbanworld Digital track convenes industry experts sharing insights on the evolving landscape of content creation, financing, distribution, and marketing, all through the lens of digital opportunity. Urbanworld Music rounds out the festival, powering the nightlight events with a mix of curated DJs and live performances.
The Urbanworld spirit transcends the festival with ongoing connectivity to creators and collaborators throughout the year. Newly launched, urbanworld INDEPENDENT offers a content driven industry resource, allowing our global audience the opportunity to share insights and experiences, covering creative, business, and technical vantage points. Our goal is to inspire and expose the cross-cultural community of makers and innovators redefining our “urban” world.


Festival Leadership


Stacy Spikes
Founder | Chairman Emeritus


Gabrielle Glore
Festival Director | Head of Programming


Festival Team


Board of Directors

Lawrence Adjah | Our Family Dinner
Ty Ahmad-Taylor | THX Ltd. 
Sherrese Clarke | Morgan Stanley
Keith Clinkscales | Revolt TV
Lisa Davis | Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Gabrielle Glore | The Glore Group 

Jacqueline Glover | HBO
Steve Pamon | Parkwood Entertainment
Steven Wolfe Pereira | Neustar, Inc. 
Stacy Spikes | MoviePass
Darrell Walker