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FESTIVAL - The International Black Women’s Film Festival

My first time hearing about this festival... found at Must Love Movies.



According to the
festival's website:

The International Black Women’s Film Festival was established in 2002 by Adrienne Anderson, a San Francisco Bay Area-resident and San Francisco-native. Though an academic and collaborative technology trainer by profession, Ms. Anderson is also a journalist, writer and cultural activist. It was through her contact with music artists and filmmakers that she found that many films being presented had little, if any, fair representation of the complexity and human emotions of Black, female characters. Surprisingly, she found this consistency among films from other countries as well.

She decided to create a festival where the accomplishments, talents, creativity and filmmaking skills of Black women could be celebrated, featured and fairly represented. Looking beyond the usual Hollywood-style stereotypes of Black women, she introduced new and innovate cinema, primarily directed by Black women, and/or featuring Black women in non-stereotypical roles.

To date, the festival has received over 400 entries and has garnered international attention around the world from the Netherlands, Germany, Paris, Ghana, Canada and Australia! The festival has also received personal support and sponsorship from STAR WARS director and creator George Lucas and his media company LucasFilms, Ltd.

Below is a trailer for the festival competition:




via MLM

3 comments:

  1. must love movies said...
     

    thanks for the plug

  2. The Wendilicious Wonder said...
     

    Shame there's no screenplay comp.

    A lot of smaller festivals tend to forget screenplays.

  3. Geniusbastard said...
     

    Lucas' sponsorship is interesting. He was acknowledged in the credits of Miracle At St. Anna, and I know he was ponying up some dough for Whoopi Goldberg's next/recent foray onto Broadway.

    Mr. Lucas' negrophiliac tendencies (he is in the Robert DeNiro club where sistas are concerned) seem to be having some positive impact for Black artists.

    Thanks George! A few more donations and I may forgive you for Episode 1 (although you'd think he could've created a good role in his recent, lamentable prequel trilogy for a black actress [or at least a prominent role, since it could be argued no one had a good role in those films]).

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