In 2016 the Oscar Film Academy committed to double its membership of women and minorities by 2020. Over the last 20 years, black film festivals and award shows have provided platforms for filmmakers and actors of African descent who have later gone on to gain recognition and win awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTA.
Film festivals and award-shows that focus on recognising and showcasing under-represented groups have widened the selection of films seen on screens by audiences hungry for stories that provide them with a new perspective or represent their experience. The panellists will discuss the strategies they deployed to create a space for storytellers from the African diaspora to access Hollywood; how investors can identify projects from new voices and emerging filmmakers can create their own ‘blue oceans’ to get their stories seen and heard.
Panel: Jeff Friday, Founder, ABFF, Charles Thompson, MBE, Founder, Screen Nation, Julius Amedume, Film Director (UK), Marshall Tyler, Film Director (US)
Moderator: Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego, Co-Founder, Niche on Demand
ABOUT ABFF GLOBAL FILM SERIES
ABFF London is the first event of the ABFF Global Film Series (ABFF Global), an international screening series and extension of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), the premier event in the United States showcasing the work of content creators of African descent. The series mission is to promote the universal appeal of films by and about people of colour and encourage collaboration between content creators throughout the African Diaspora, with the objective of expanding distribution opportunities for black content on an international scale. The ABFF Global Film Series will visit other major cultural hubs, after London, including Madrid, Cape Town and Paris in 2020. www.abff.com