Legacy + Innovation
Where Storytelling, Technology
and Culture Converge
Urbanworld is a five-day festival, based in New York City, showcasing narrative and documentary features, short films, web originals, music videos, spotlight screenings and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings.
Our Urbanworld Innovation Summit convenes industry experts sharing insights on the evolving landscape of content creation, financing, distribution, and marketing, all through the lens of Technology and Storytelling with an eye towards the future via a Web3 experience.
Urbanworld Nightlife rounds out the festival, powering premiere and cultural events with a mix of curated DJs and live performances.
The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Since inception, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld to premiere box office and award-winning hits.
The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that redefines and advances the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema and cross-platform media.
Who We Are
Festival Director | Head of Programming
Chief Innovation Officer
Communications & PA/Volunteer Coordinator | Producer
Screenwriting Program Producer
Events Producer | Partnerships Coordinator
Theater Operations Lead
Technical Operations Producer
Filmmaker Liaison | Programmer
Technical Operations Lead
Lead Film Curator
Sandy Cabada Valenzuela
Community Partnerships Liaison | Programmer