BLACK WOMEN FILM SUMMIT
March 5th -7th,
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION DETAILS

The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) is proud to announce the Black Women Film Summit, a three-day cultural celebration of black women in the arts and entertainment during Women’s History Month. Taking place March 5th -7th, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the Black Women Film Summit will feature the inspiring “Untold Stories” luncheon, the annual Black Women Film Festival (BWFF) and a number of seminars and activities that will connect key industry players with aspiring entertainment professionals. Incorporating two signature BWFN events into one Summit weekend furthers the Network’s mission to preserve the voice of black women in the arts.

In its 11th year, BWFF prides itself in bringing contemporary, inspiring and critically acclaimed films that are for, by, and about women of color to the Southeast. All films will be showcased on Saturday March 7th at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis Hotel. Submit your

film

BWFF welcomes films that reflect all genres & subjects including – features, documentaries and shorts that meet the following criteria:

  1. The film must be produced or directed by a woman of color or feature a woman of color
  2. The film should feature women of African descent or a storyline centered on women of color
  3. Must be produced post January 2013

There are 2 rounds of films submissions. For questions please email bwff2015@gmail.com

Early Deadline to submit is Dec 15th, 2014 - Cost is $25 per film submission
Selected filmmakers notified by Jan 15th, 2015

Final Deadline to submit film is Jan 22nd, 2015 - Cost is $35 per film submission.
Selected filmmakers notified by Feb 5th, 2015

Student filmmakers have a reduced submission fee of $15 per film. Deadlines do still apply.
For all entries please mail the attached form and two (2) copies of your film with a check payable to: Black Women Film Network, Post Office Box 311288 Atlanta, Georgia 31131


GEORGIA ENTERTAINMENT GALA COMING In JANUARY! - On Saturday, January 10, 2015 the state of Georgia will once again be united for the 3rd Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala – a night of immaculate elegance showcasing the immense talent that Georgia has to offer in the entertainment industry. This black tie event and awards ceremony that will once again bring together the most prestigious and celebrated of the Georgia entertainment industry.

Naturi Naughton will take center stage at Georgia World Congress Center to host the anticipated, Third Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala. This night of glitz, glamour and elegance celebrates the multitude of talent that Georgia offers in the entertainment industry. Currently, the actress stars opposite Omari Hardwick in “Power,” the Starz Network series produced by Fifty Cent. An awards ceremony created to honor the excellence of Georgia’s film, television and music industry professionals. While this night is designed to pique all of your senses, it also is developed to advance an excellent cause.

The Georgia Entertainment Gala has garnered the support of a number of community leaders, brands, and organizations thus providing a unique opportunity for sponsors to take part in an unparalleled celebration with Live Entertainment, and tantalizing Cash Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres, and more. With an explosive 2 years under our belt this highly anticipated event will continue to embrace and celebrate the Georgia entertainment industry of yesterday, today and tomorrow. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will also benefit two charities Hosea Feed the Hungry and SERV International.

Tickets go to: www.gaentertainmentgala.com

Doors open at 5:45 pm
6:00 Red Carpet
7:15 Doors to Theater open
7:35 Show Starts
9:35 After Party & Dessert Bar opens
11:00 event ends

Parking info coming soon!!!


poetry

Fulton County Arts & Culture Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater and Gallery & Azalea City (GA) Chapter of The Links Incorporated
presents a free community event... Poetry,

The Power of Potential Performance & Book Signing
featuring
Siddeeqah Musakiah Powell

                                       Friday, December 19, 2014

915 New Hope Road, SW Atlanta GA 30331
                 6:00 - 9:00 pm

                                    RSVP to sidpowell@yahoo.com
                                      (Only 80 spots available!)


The BWFN Holiday Party Was a Blast!

On Wednesday, the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) hosted their annual holiday party, where they welcomed new Board Chair Donald Woodard, unveiled their new logo and announced the 2015 Untold Stories Honorees. Over 70 guests gathered at La Pietra Cucina in midtown Atlanta to celebrate the good news and network with influencers in the TV, film and media industries. BWFN founder Sheryl Gripper and Board Member Heather Hawes shared details on the upcoming Black Women Film Summit, taking place March 5-7, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The three-day event will include the Untold Stories Luncheon, the Black Women Film Festival and various exciting events and seminars.

The 2015 Untold Stories Honorees are:

  • Lamman Rucker – Actor – Why Did I Get Married, Too?
  • Logan Browning – Actress – VH1’s “Hit the Floor”
  • Shante Bacon – CEO/Founder – 135th Street Agency
  • Tomika Depriest – BWFN Chair Emeritus Robi Reed – VP, Talent & Casting – BET Networks
  • Tia Powell – Publisher – Georgia Film Source Book

Special thanks to Heather Hawes for organizing the holiday party; to Evelyn Mims for the contact with LPC; to Larry Cooper for working the door; and to Saptosa Foster for unveiling our new logo!

Additional thanks to Franklin McGruder at MA360 Media for the Razac gift bags and to FOX for the “Empire” earbuds.


GEORGIA GIVES DAY TOTALS TOP LAST YEAR!
-$1,354 RAISED TO DATE!

2Some $1,354 was raised for the 2014 Georgia Gives Day! This is the highest total ever raised for BWFN.

We are using the funds to Prepare women for careers in the film and television industry and Preserve the voice of Women of Color by telling their stories. There is still time to donate to help us reach our $2500 Goal! Please donate now!

THANKS TO THESE BLACK WOMEN FILM NETWORK DONORS:

SHANTE BACON
DR. RAY BENNETT
LARRY COOPER
TOMIKA DEPRIEST
SAPTOSA FOSTER
LYNETTE G
GFS GIRLFRIENDS EMPOWER WOMEN
LETITIA GLOVER
SHERYL GRIPPER
HEATHER HAWES
DENISE HENDRICKS
HEAVENLY KIMES
DEIDRE MCDONALD
DONNA LOWRY
EVELYN MIMS
SUE ROSS
JAUNICE SILLS
DONALD WOODARD
LISA WRIGHT
KEINON JOHNSON

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO DONATE!

Go to the GAgivesday.org websiteand make a donation. The Black Women Film Network thanks you for your support!

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2015 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

ACCEPTED
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2015

Click here for more information.


2015 BLACK WOMEN FILM SUMMIT/UNTOLD STORIES LUNCHEON
MARCH 5 - 7th!
Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel!

BWFN Members get reduced rates!

Questions? Call 404-272-3385.


2014 Untold Stories Luncheon Video



BLACK WOMEN FILM NETWORK UNTOLD STORIES LUNCHEON IS HUGE SUCCESS!


2014 Untold Stories Honorees

Kashira Alexander  | Bernard Bronner | Jocelyn Dorsey 

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Katerina Graham | A.J. Johnson  |   Deidre McDonald   |   Crystal Fox

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2013 Untold Stories Honorees

 Myra J. | Connie Orlando | Steven Barnes | Tananarive Due

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Pat Johnson| Cynthia Butler McIntyer| Erica Qualls| Evelyn Mims

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Click here to view previous Untold Stories Honorees
 

Black Women Film Summit


PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG WEBINAR RECORDED NOVEMBER 20, 2014 *Meet Pamela Samuels Young in person at the Black Women Film Summit March 7,2015!
How to Write a Novel Despite
Your Day Job


The Black Women Film Network Holiday Party Recap Pics






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