Comedian-Actor Kym Whitley Set to Host the 12th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Finale Screening & Awards Ceremony on October 18
Kim Whitley Hosts and Award Presenters Include Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil, Hana Mae Lee, Allen Maldonado, Claudia Puig, Nico Santos, Chris Sullivan, Victor Turpin and Kelvin Yu
Comedian-actor Kym Whitley (“Young & Hungry”) will act as host for the finale screening and awards ceremony of the 12th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL which celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers, on October 18, 2017 at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. Awards in eight categories will be presented to winning filmmakers by a diverse group of actors and writers including Essence Atkins (“Marlon”), Stephen Bishop(“Imposters,” “Being Mary Jane”), Ester Dean (Pitch Perfect 3), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 3), Akbar Gbajabiamila (“American Ninja Warrior”), Manny Jacinto (“The Good Place”), Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”), Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect 3, Love Beats Rhymes), Allen Maldonado (“Black-ish,” “The Last O.G.”), Nico Santos (“Superstore,” Crazy Rich Asians), Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”), Victor Turpin(“Shades of Blue”) and Kelvin Yu (“Master of None”).
“I’m honored to be part of the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival,” said Whitley. “Platforms like this are so important to make sure we as a community find, encourage and support artists who tell stories about underrepresented people that are relatable to all of us regardless of ethnicity, creed, gender and sexual orientation.”
The festival is furthering its emphasis on social change this year by presenting the HARNESS Social Impact Award to the filmmaker whose short best represents an important social issue. The award stems from a first-time partnership with HARNESS, an advocacy organization founded by America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams and Wilmer Valderrama that connects artists, influencers, and grassroots leaders to inspire action and change. HARNESS will present the award in conjunction with the NBCUniversal Social Responsibility division.
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