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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


…because all it takes is ONE festival screening to change everything.

2014 BlackStar Film Festival Screenplay Competition
July 31 – August 3
Deadline: May 15

This year’s short screenplay competition gives the winner the unique opportunity to have the script produced by BlackStar and directed by a renown director [Terence Nance, “An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty”]. To determine the winner, the finalists will be read by a prestigious jury of film industry professionals. The winning script will receive the BlackStar festival “greenlight” and will be read live at the festival by professional actors.

Short film screenplays must be written by a person of African descent.

Website: http://blackstarfest.org/screenplay-competition14/
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Charles Burnett


“For me, anyone who finishes a film I take my hat off to. When an audience sees a finished film, it doesn’t know the wars fought by the director to make his or her picture.”

– Charles Burnett, Director (KILLER OF SHEEP)
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Ava DuVernay


“I thing for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films. You see the statistics, and the dropoff on the second and third [films] , are dire.”

– Ava DuVernay, Director. The first Black woman to win Best Director at Sundance for her second narrative feature MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Lee Daniels


“Truth is hard to tell! And you have to be willing to be criticized for it.”

– Lee Daniels, Director (THE PAPERBOY, PRECIOUS, MONSTER’S BALL)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Julie Dash


“…I wanted to tell a story that was authentic to African American culture – authentic to the point where it was not like something you could turn on the television and see. I wanted it to be more like a foreign film and so deeply into the culture that it appeared to be foreign.”

– Julie Dash, Director (DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, the first feature film by a Black woman to be released theatrical in the U.S. in 1991.)

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Let’s Call It A Weekend!


Vote TODAY for Gotham Independent Film Audience Award

Award season is kicking off full swing! Show love to the favorite festival films of 2012 (like BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD) nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award by voting online HERE. Select your top five by October 31st. The final nominees will be announced on November 5th for a second round of voting.

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