Wednesday, May 27, 2009


(ONTARIO, Calif.)  The Inland Empire’s First Annual Urban Dreams Filmworks Festival has been postponed.

  The two-day event offered aspiring filmmakers the unique opportunity to showcase their talent and get recognized by Hollywood’s most entertainment professionals.

The festival, originally set to take place at the Ontario Convention Center June 19th and June 20th 2009 has been rescheduled for next year. 

The producers lined up prominent Black producers from Hollywood film studios, including Warner Brothers. They also secured Black TV and movie writers, actors and producers to review films and give seminars, but the sponsors were unable to fund the event.

“The economy was just against us this year,” said founder Erick Benson.  “Our sponsors were unable to fund the festival this year and that killed the festival for 2009.”

Benson has already started an aggressive sponsorship recruitment for next year and expects to make the festival a reality in 2010.

For more information on 2010 festival events, submission guidelines, student entries, seminar offerings and more, visit or call (909) 268-5303.

About Urban Dreams Filmworks

The founder of Ontario, California’s Urban Dreams Filmworks Inc. is Erick G. Benson. He created Urban Dreams Filmworks as an urban film company to write and produce quality films with positive messages about Black people. The goal is to expose the world to stories that can change lives and create tomorrow’s horizons today.