“The Heineken Affinity Award is a new platform celebrating and creating awareness and dialogue around the work of ten emerging and established African American filmmakers. All of the Affinity winners will receive an initial grant in recognition of their excellent work. Now that we’ve created a space for you to view and share their work, it is up to you to help us further support and select one of the filmmakers with an additional $20,000 cash award, as well as year round project support and professional development from the Tribeca Film Institute.”
THIS. IS. AWESOME. Seriously. With all the Oscars “Best Director” snub talk going on (Congrats to Ang Lee, meh to everything else), I’ve been a little down about the industry’s repeated lack of recognizing filmmakers of color. You better believe I will be casting my vote in this amazing platform by Tribeca Film Institute.
I’ve been fortunate enough to catch the work of talents like Ava DuVernay (MIDDLE OF NOWHERE), Terence Nance (AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY), Nelson George (BROOKLYN BOHEME) and Victoria Mahoney (YELLING TO THE SKY) on the festival circuit. To see them being spotlighted by their peers and Tribeca is inspiring. Check out each artist’s entry page and get to know the hottest voices in Black cinema (no matter what the Academy says).
Voting opened January 15th and will close on March 29th, 2013. You can celebrate your favorite Black filmmaker (aka vote) HERE. The winning nominee will be announced at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.