13th Annual International Black Film Festival runs October 4 -7

Tracy Twinkie Byrd will screen her new film The Counter 1960 at IBFF.

You do know that “film festival” is an action verb, right? Well, if you didn’t, you will soon! Know that the 13th Annual International Black Film Festival (IBFF) is on its way to Nashville, running Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7, 2018, for a festival that will keep you on the move from sun up to sundown. There are many great movies to see at the 2018 International Black Film Festival, and then there are the parties, too!

IBFF is an energetic, non stop 3 1/2 days filled with world premiere, studio and independents films, daily red carpets, a prestigious film competition where filmmakers from around the globe converge on the “It” City, workshops and panels with top industry executives, entertainment, great food, parties and so much more. So be sure to rest up, bring your business cards and get ready to “film festival”!

Be sure to visit www.ibffevents.com for more details and regular updates and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ibffnashville for updated film and event times and locations. Some screenings and events will be at Belmont and some at Watkins, while the host hotel/headquarters is at The Hutton Hotel. Here are a few of the highlights to look forward to this year:

“Widows” Official Opening Night Reception is Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9:00 p.m. at Industrious at the Gulch Crossing, 1033 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37203. Food and drink (included in the price of the ticket) prepared by Chef Rozz, featuring her signature southern tapas and Widows-themed desserts. Be sure to check the schedule for more mixers, networking events and pop up parties. And if you are able to hang, there’s a little “after- after” fun planned.

Join IBFF and Tracy Bird for a screening of her film “The Counter: 1960” followed by a Q&A on Friday, October 5th, 1:00 pm at Woolworth on 5th. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd has built a reputation in this business as a casting director for films such as “Fruitvale Station”, “Fig”, “Filly Brown” and “Southside With You”, and worked with directors such as, Ryan Coogler, Richard Tanneand Michael Olmos. After a decade of quietly nurturing her own creative eye, she is now expanding her focus to the Director’s chair. In doing so, Tracy’s aim is to help cultivate a conversation bridge between races and generations, on diversity, equality, change, and inclusion in Hollywood and around the world. As her artistic energies continue to spawn a varied body of work, it is her hope that she will be making a significant contribution toward shifting perceptions toward a better world for all.

“Always and Forever” Center Stage Party, hosted by Beard Game Matters, puts you at the center of attention, on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Hatchery at ACME Feed & Seed, 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201.

“The Hate U Give” Spotlight “GiveBack” Party is the last party of the festival, with live musical performances and guest DJ’s, so you don’t want to miss out Saturday, October 6th at 9pm at Woolworth on 5th in the New Era Ball Room, 221 5th Avenue of the Arts North, Nashville, TN 37219. There is no cost to this party but they ask you to support them with a minimum $10 donation for their “IBFF Give Back” campaign. All proceeds go towards the IBFF Imagine Me Children and Youth Program.

Calling all parents, children and young people… The IBFF Imagine Me Children and Youth Day is going to be Saturday, October 6th, for a fun-filled, day that the entire family can enjoy. Here are just a few of the highlights. Outdoor fun with exhibitions, photo backdrop, green screen, prizes & giveaways. Food and drink presented by Chef Roz and Coach Joe’s Market. Special screening of the “Little Apple” series, plus an amazing line-up of films for all ages. Children and youth mini-workshops on: How to Make My Short Film and Becoming a Film Critic. Special effects presentation featuring Rick Prince, creator of Demogorgan from Netflix’s #1 show “Stranger Things”.

IBFF always has tremendous workshops, and this year is no different. Plan now to attend one or more of these: (1) Master Class: Music Makers & Contents Creators The Inevitable Collaboration; (2) Dollars and $ense: Creating A Top Notch Indie Film On A Low Budget Sponsored by SAGIndie; (3) Techin’ It Like It Is: Keeping Up With The Latest Technology In Music, Film, VOD and TV; (4) Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Art of Negotiating The Best Distribution Deal For Your Project; (5) Fast Pitch Live; (6) The Big Pay Up: Diversity Equals Dollar $igns In Hollywood; and (7) Generation Next: The Future of the Next Wave of Content Creators.

“Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFF strives to insure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints and to showcase the rich creativity and diversity found in communities of color locally, nationally and internationally. The International Black Film Festival is a 501 3(c) non-profit organization.

About the Spotlight Films:
Widows – “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Directed by Steven McQueen, also stars Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya and Colin Ferrell.

Always and Forever – World Premiere – Nicole Taylor has everything going right – until it all goes wrong. When Nicole’s childhood friends begin to die under mysterious circumstances, she becomes convinced their deaths are tied to dark secrets from her past. Directed by Chris Stokes, stars Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robbie Jones, Wood Harris, Lauren London and Loretta Devine.

Amandla Stenberg stars in The Hate U Give.

The Hate You Give – Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. The Hate You Give is directed by George Tilman Jr, and stars Amandla Stenberg, Algee Smith, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Common, and Anthony Mackie.