The International Black Women’s Film Festival: Call for films!
For any filmmakers out there with a film or documentary lurking somewhere on a hard drive, or even a whisper of an idea for a future short, the International Black Women’s Film Festival has now opened for submissions. Founded in 2001 by Adrienne Anderson, the international Black Women’s Film Festival (IBWFF) provides a platform for African women or women from the African diaspora to showcase their voices to audiences.
The IBWFF has grown yearly, having attracted submissions from around the world – the festival has featured short films, features and documentaries from South Africa, our very own United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Brazil.
The festival provides the platform for Black women to challenge and undermine the negative stereotypes and portrayals of black women that have accrued over the years, either behind the camera or in front of it. For Black Britons, the International Black Women’s Film Festival is a chance to represent the many communities and facets of our country that are often washed out or muted in British cinema. Whilst members of the UK film community are becoming more and more aware of the astonishing lack of diversity in the industry, it’s movements and film festivals like the IBWFF that really catalyzes change. There really is only so much we can say about the absence of diversity – now it is time to act and to create.
Early Bird Submissions are open until 4 May 2015 with no fee. From 5 May 2015 to 3 August 2015, filmmakers are invited to submit their shorts and features for $10 and $20 respectively (which, if you remember the exchange rate, is really a bargain). After 3 August, filmmakers have until 10 August 2015 to submit their shorts and features.
For more information and to see if your film is eligible for the International Black Women’s Film Festival head to their website. http://www.ibwff.com/