North Carolina Black Film Festival celebrates 15 years, calls for entries

NCBFF 2016 Committee gears up for year 15. photo: NCBFF

NCBFF 2016 Committee gears up for year 15. (photo: NCBFF)

The Black Arts Alliance (BAA) will present the 15th annual North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF), September 15-18, in Wilmington, N.C., a.k.a., the ‘Port City’ or ‘The ILM.’ Film submissions will be accepted through July 31. Any filmmaker or qualifying party may submit their film by following the suggested guidelines. For the past 15 years, this has been successfully done and each year NS is host to one of the nation’s most successful events in the arts and for the artists who become a part of it all.

The North Carolina Black Film Festival is a four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African American filmmakers showcasing features, shorts, animation, and documentary films. Prizes of $500 are awarded in each category, provided there is a minimum of three entries to be screened in any given category. For the second year, the festival will showcase student films and honor student filmmakers from various film programs around the country. There is no submission fee for the student film category, but submissions must be made from filmmakers enrolled full or part-time in a college or university.

“We have recognized artists in various stages in their careers,” said Festival Director Charlon Turner. For over 15 years the NC Black Film Festival has honored African American filmmakers in the area of directing, writing, producing, and production. Past honorees include: Ava DuVernay; Anthony Hemingway; and Giancarlo Esposito, all of whom continue to influence African American cinema and create opportunities for diversity.”

Film submission requirements:
1) A completed entry form for each submission. Eligible entries must include a director, writer, or producer of color.

2) A DVD, clearly labeled, including submission title, entrant’s name, and contact number.

3) A non-refundable $50 entry fee in U.S. funds must accompany each submission. A late fee will be added for any films submitted after July 31. Electronic submissions and payments can be made online at www.blackartsalliance.org/NCBlackFilmFestival

4) There is no entry fee required for the student category. However, if students wish to be considered in the competitive categories: feature, documentary, short and/or animation, they must also submit the general application form along with the required entry fee.

5) Enclose an electronic press kit including director’s bio and photo, credits, synopsis, and production stills.

For more information about the festival, contact Charlon Turner at (910) 620-3313 or via e-mail at TurnerSolutions.biz@gmail.com or the website at www.BlackArtsAlliance.org