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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema Festival is a bold addition to ActNow Foundation’s ongoing partnership with BAMcinématek (www.BAM.org). A multi-genre showcase of quality movies geared towards getting general and new audiences to appreciate numerous independent films from and by the African diaspora, this festival is all about choosing excellence over spectacle and daring stories over standard fare as New Voices pushes the gamut of showing how film explores Black society and provides exhibition to new voices, and existing ones, that represent this rich and diverse culture, proudly putting them on display to the masses.
Since its founding in 2005, ActNow Foundation has been a conduit for filmmakers, playwrights and individuals interested in displaying their craft through an arts organization that displays the best in independent theater and film by hosting regular events in Brooklyn and Manhattan. ActNow delves into stories about race, love, family, cultural differences, self-empowerment, and the toils and aspirations of the working, middle and upper classes. Through these stories, ActNow shows that although human life experiences can be very different, we all share the same human struggle for survival and success.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 23, 2011
for February Festival at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn
Whether the films are contemporary or period pieces, drama or comedy, science fiction or animated, the purpose of this series gives filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films on a grand stage where they can develop opportunities for limited distribution and create buzz for future industry contacts.
Screener copies must be sent on DVD movie format to:
138 South Oxford Street, Studio C
New York 11217
Also, include a SASE if returning the materials is requested. Further details regarding screening dates, submissions and event sponsorship opportunities will be released in weeks to come. If you have any specific questions please contact ActNow at firstname.lastname@example.org - (347) 274-0563.
1st Annual Act Now: New Voices In Black Cinema Festival lineup
NIGHT CATCHES US (2010)
Directed by Tanya Hamilton. With Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, and Jamie Hector
BLACK AUGUST (2010) 83 min.
Directed by dream hampton. With Assata Shakur, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common and Dead Prez
I WILL FOLLOW (2010) 88 min.
Directed by Ava DuVernay. With Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Michole White
COMING BACK FOR MORE (2009) 74 min.
Directed by Willem Alkema. With Sly Stone, George Clinton, Greg Errico, and Frank Arellano
SUS (2010) 91 min.
Directed by Robert Heath. Produced by and starring Clint Dyer
HEART OF STONE (2009) 84 min.
Directed & produced by Beth Toni Kruvant
MONEY MATTERS (2010) 89 min.
Directed by Ryan Richmond. With Aunjanue Ellis and Terri Abney
New Black Classics selection: CHAMELEON STREET (1990) 98 MIN.
Directed by and starring Wendell B. Harris. 1990 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner.
BROOKLYN BLOCK short films showcase - The work of up-and-coming Brooklyn filmmakers
• Narrative Feature Films (live action or animation) & Documentary Films must have a minimum running time of 75 minutes
• Short Films (live action or animation) must be no longer than 30 minutes
• Films must tell a story of the Black experience or feature a person of African descent in the leading roles
• While not required for eligibility, premiere status is one of the factors considered
when determining a film’s acceptance
• For submission purposes, preview DVDs may be works-in-progress, films with
temporary soundtracks or digital outputs
• Filmmakers must deliver final format in advance (as indicated below)
• Films that had limited screenings up to 2008 are welcome
• International films are welcome
Submission Materials (must be sent all in one package)
• Completed submission form
• (1) Preview screener
• Film synopsis (100 words or less)
• Press kit on CD or emailed (film stills, film credits, director/writer bios and headshots)
• Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) for return of screeners (optional)
If your film is selected, please be advised that we will require:
Final print on 16mm, 35mm print, Mini-DV, HDcam, or BetcamSP
(You will get back your master)
Photo stills (high resolution, color and/or black & white)
Film trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards (optional)
Agreement is non-exclusive.
• You retain the rights to your film and film materials.
• You are responsible for obtaining the rights and clearances pertaining to your
For DVD submissions, we require standard commercial 5-1/4 x 7-1/2 DVD cases or in a smaller hard plastic casing.
For all submissions, include the film title (in English) and the running time on the cover of the DVD packaging and/or on the DVD itself. If submitting a work-in-progress, indicate the elements that are incomplete on the DVD packaging.
You may submit more than one film, but each one must be on a separate DVD and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form.
All costs for shipping submission materials to and from ANF’s Brooklyn, NY office are the responsibility of the sender. Ship your DVDs in a bubble pack envelope. ActNow Foundation is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred in shipping.
All entries from outside the US should be sent Air Mail Registered by a parcel express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.
All materials must be sent to:
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
attn: New Voices In Black Cinema
If there are any issues or questions email us at – email@example.com
or call (347) 274-0563
Aaron Ingram (Executive Director); Curtis Caesar John (Producer); Curtis Caesar John (Producer); Curtis John (Festival Registrar and Curator)
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