Stronger For Life: Review

Stronger for life

Featuring: Ilaria Montagnani, Gabriella Montagnani, Elizabth Deluca, Omar Sandoval, Lorenzo Montagnani
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Ilaria Montagnani spent her adult life as a karate black belt and weapons expert trained in the art of Iaido, Japanese sword training, where her professional career was focused on health and physical fitness, when she is given the devastating news that she had breast cancer.

Using the same determination that motivated her to come to the United States as a 19-year old, non-English speaker and pursue her grueling career path, helped Ilaria to face the challenge of living with cancer. Helping her were Standing by Ilaria and giving her the much needed emotional support Gabriella Montagnani (Ilaria's mother, a homemaker), Elizabth Deluca (Powerstrike Master Instructor), Omar Sandoval (Powerstrike Master Instructor), Lorenzo Montagnani (Ilaria's brother)

Ilaria Montagnani expressed her belief that “When you develop the discipline to train your body and find the determination to do it
even when it’s hard, when it’s uncomfortable, and you push past that, you develop the mental strength to face life’s challenges.
Exercise makes you stronger for life.”

Stronger For Life provided a great example of how no one is exempt from the disease of cancer, it doesn't matter how well you eat, how many hours you exercise each day but taking care of yourself the best you can is of tremendous importance is you are ever faced such a diagnosis.

Editor Stephanie Gaweda's does a good job of weaving life on two continents in telling Ilaira's story. Ched Tolliver's score fits right in with the film the high energy.

Stronger for Life is a compelling story of a breast cancer survivor journey that is enlightening.

Follow Stronger For Life:
Website: www.strongerforlife.film
Instagram: @strongerforlife.film

Production Co.: Gravitas Ventures
Executive Producers: Ilaria Montagnani, Leslie Rankow, Dahlia Waingort Guigui
Editor: Stephanie Gaweda
Consulting Producer: Vicki Sufian
Director of Photography: Noriko Sugiura
Music: Ched Tolliver
Camera Persons: Giovanni Ferlito, Erika Hearn, Benjamin Sidney, Uladzimir Taukachou, Delphine Batier and Nicola Ciccarelli

The 30th Anniversary Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) “Call for Entries”

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The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is gearing up to once again to take moviegoers on a cinematic world tour featuring U.S. and international film screenings with the announcement of its June 1, 2021 opening of its “Call for Entries.”

The 30th annual PAFF, the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival will be held on February 8-21, 2022 in Los Angeles and virtually throughout the world. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica, New Zealand, Rwanda, Canada, Mozambique, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Fiji, Mexico, the U.K., South Africa, England, Japan, France and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened its audiences' minds and transported them to far-away places and back home again. “Over the years, filmmakers the world over have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF. “In our ever-shrinking world, it is so important to understand the experiences and points of views of diverse peoples and cultures.”

Due to the pandemic, PAFF2021 was held virtually and enjoyed a global audience. But remaining true to our roots, PAFF plans to present a hybrid festival (both physical and virtual) with the majority portion of physical activities and all live-audience screenings being held physically in Los Angeles. In years past, PAFF has hosted live festivals with more than 40,000 people attended the film festival, which has long been a highly anticipated event in Los Angeles attended by local, national, and international guests.

PAFF accepts only online applications and submissions. Filmmakers wanting to submit to PAFF2022 can apply by going to the PAFF website www.paff.org and clicking on “Submit Film.” Filmmakers can also submit to The Pan African Film Festival directly through FilmFreeway.com or Festhome.com.

ELIGIBILITY: PAFF accepts applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker need not be of African descent.) Preferably, films should depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, action/adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, historical/epic, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts, both narrative and documentary.

COMPETITION:

The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary (Short or Feature), Best Director — First Feature, Best Web Series, plus a variety of Audience Favorite Awards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, submitted films must be copyrighted no earlier than 2019. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, films are judged by industry professionals. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.

SUBMISSION PERIODS:

Early Submissions: June 1 through July 5, 2021.

Regular Submissions: July 6-September 20, 2021.

Late Submissions: September 21- October 31, 2021.

Extended Late Submissions: November 1-December 1, depending on available space.

After December 2, the submitter must contact submissions@paff.org to obtain permission.

For submission instructions, information, fees, and registration kindly go to www.paff.org and click on “Submit a Film”; or email submissions@paff.org.

ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Looking forward to its 30th Anniversary, the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada and increasingly Asia. In conjunction with its simultaneous Art Showcase, PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the US.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon”), the beloved Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and other creative expressions.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad range of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive and images, help to destroy negative stereotypes, and depict an expanded, realistic vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understandings and foster communications between people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serves as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time.

For more information, please visit www.paff.org or email info@paff.org.

New Trailer AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA

AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA

A CRACKLE Original Movie -Premiering Exclusively on Crackle in the United States on Thursday, March 18th

Director: Aengus James (AMERICAN HARMONY, SCANDALOUS)
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Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language: English
Country: USA, Honduras

Official Selection: DOC NYC, Woodstock Film Festival and many more.

AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA tells the story of a son obsessed with capturing his father’s killer. Paul Lima has spent over a decade seeking justice for his slain father, Albert. Though convicted, Albert’s murderer has remained free in Honduras. After years of the legal system failing him, Paul takes the unorthodox step of hiring two bounty hunters to travel with him to Honduras to track down and capture his father’s killer. This riveting, and, at times, darkly comedic documentary explores both the importance of family and the dangers of taking the law into your own hands.

AENGUS JAMES is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer. His recent works include SCANDALOUS (Magnolia, CNN, BBC), Undercover Billionaire (Discovery), and the GLAAD Media Award-winning I Am Jazz (TLC). Aengus began his career serving as Barry Levinson's cinematographer in POLIWOOD. AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA follows Aengus' directorial debut and IDA award nominated documentary comedy AMERICAN HARMONY. He has created and directed content for global brands and non-profits, and his work has received numerous honors including special recognition from the White House and the United Nations for raising awareness on issues including veterans' mental health and women's healthcare around the world. Aengus is the co-founder and head of This is Just a Test.

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FINDING SALLY

A FILM BY TAMARA DAWIT

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Director and Writer: Tamara Dawit
Participants: Tsehai (Sally’s mother), Brutawit is Sally’s oldest sister and the Dawit family matriarch, Sally’s sister, Kibre,; and Sally’s sister, Menfie; Tsion, Abrehet (Sally’s mother-in-law)
Genre:  Documentary
Country: Canada
Language: English and Amharic version with English subtitles

A personal investigation into the mysterious life of the director’s aunt Sally, an Ethiopian aristocrat-turned-communist-rebel who disappeared during the Ethiopian Revolution.

Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervour and landed on the military government’s most wanted list. She went underground and her family never saw her again. Four decades after Sally’s disappearance, Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her aunt Sally. She revisits the Ethiopian Revolution and the terrible massacre that followed, which resulted in nearly every Ethiopian family losing a loved one. Her quest leads her to question notions of belonging, personal convictions and political ideals at a time when Ethiopia is going through important political changes once again.

Tamara Dawit , “As a child, I grew up hearing elaborate stories about their childhoods from my vibrant Ethiopian aunts – tales about their grandmother helping the war effort against the Italians, meetings with fortune tellers, hitching in Europe, lavish cocktail parties, or sneaking out to go to the beach. The stories were pleasurable and exciting, painting a vision of a wonderful past. However, I could never decipher which stories were true and which ones had been spiced up with their typical Ethiopian romanticism. Lost in all their stories was Sally, a family member that no one ever mentioned to me. It wasn’t until my early 30s that I had stumbled upon a photo of Sally, but the family was hesitant to talk about her. Little by little, I managed to convince my grandmother and then my aunts to share Sally’s story.”

1970s, the autocratic regime of Haile Selassie became increasingly contested. A coalition of communist activists, students, workers and peasants started demanding a more democratic state through peaceful strikes and protests.

In 1974, the Emperor was overthrown by the military junta called “the Derg” – the “Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Police, and Territorial Army.” Soon after, the Derg led by chief commander Mengistu Haile Mariam established an authoritarian military government. Anyone contesting his leadership became an “enemy of the state.”

In 1977, the Derg launched the “Red Terror,” a violent and repressive political campaign that led to mass imprisonments and assassinations. Anyone in disagreement with the Derg’s communist policies could face severe punishment. People would disappear without reason. Others would be tortured, or put in jail simply because they were related to a wanted person. Houses were searched. Perhaps most excruciating of all, mourning someone killed by the Derg was illegal, and families were forced to repay for the bullets that had killed their loved ones.

The Derg remained in power until 1991. Amnesty International estimates that 500 000 people died during Derg leadership. In 2008, the Ethiopian Supreme Court found Mengistu guilty of genocide in absentia and sentenced him to death. In spite of his conviction, Mengistu continues to find sanctuary in Zimbabwe because of his friendship with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe; the country refuses to extradite him.

PARTICIPANTS: TSEHAI (Sally’s mother), BRUTAWIT is Sally’s oldest sister and the Dawit family matriarch, Sally’s sister, KIBRE, the free spirit of the family; Sally’s sister, MENBIE, was the one who originally tracked down some of Sally’s old comrades in an effort to learn more about her sister's life. As a member of the Dawit family, TSION is stubborn and always thinks she is correct. ABREHET (Sally’s mother-in-law) is the mother of three children who all died during the Red Terror, Tselote being her oldest.

Distributor:
Production Company: Catbird Films, Inc
Run time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Starring: Tsehai Tesfamichael Abrehet Asefa Tamara Mariam Dawit Kibre Dawit Tsion Dawit Brutawit Dawit Menbere Dawit Ferkete Gebremariam Ashenafi Kersma Brur Gebrai
Director and Writer: Tamara Mariam Dawit
Cinematography: Alex Margineanu
Editor: Mahi Rahgozar
Composer and Original Music: Zaki Ibrahim
Music by:  Abegasu Shiota, Alister Johnson
Producer: Isabelle Couture
Executive Producer: Katarina Soukup-Catbird Films
Production Company: Catbird Productions
Editor: Mahi Rahgozar
Cinematographer: Alex Margineanu

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH at PAFF 2021

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Director: Shaka King
Writers: Shaka King and Will Berson
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback
Rating: R
Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
Genre:  Biography, Drama, History
Language: English

FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands? Inspired by true events, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Rating: R
Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
Distributor: Worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with MACRO/Participant/BRON Creative, a MACRO Media/Proximity Production, a Film by Shaka King
Director: Shaka King marking his studio feature film directorial debut.
Writers: Shaka King and Will Berson
Co-writers: Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
Producers: Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King
Co-Executive Producers: Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Martin Sheen,   Algee Smith, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Amari Cheatom, Caleb Eberhard, Lil Rel Howery
Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt
Editor: Kristan Sprague
Composer: Craig Harris and Mark Isham
Production Designer: Sam Lisenco
Costume Designer: Charlese Antoinette Jones

Nate Parker’s AMERICAN SKIN at PAFF 2021

Spike Lee Presents, A Nate Parker Film AMERICAN SKIN

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Director and Writer: Nate Parker
Starring: Omari Hardwick, Beau Knapp, Theo Rossi, Shane Paul McGhie, Milu, Milauna Jackson, Tony Espinosa
Genre: Drama
Language: English

AMERICAN SKIN weaves a layered story in the tradition of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon, that follows a Black Iraqi War Vet, who after being denied of a fair trial following the shooting death of his teenage son (his only child) by a white police officer, desperately seeks justice and accountability for his son’s death.

Linc (Nate Parker), Derwood (Omari Hardwick), Officer Randall (Beau Knapp), Sgt. Reyes (Theo Rossi), Jordin (Shane Paul McGhie), Tayana (Milauna Jackson), Deon (Mo McRae), Kijani (KJ) (Tony Espinosa), Melvin (Michael Warren), Jayden (Allius Barnes).

After witnessing his son murdered by a white police officer who goes uncharged, Marine veteran Lincoln ‘Linc’ Jefferson takes justice into his own hands in a series of events he hopes will finally lead to justice for his son.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

In 2014, following the death of Michael Brown, I traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to gain a better understanding of the tensions between law enforcement and young men and women of color. The most tragic moment of this trip arrived when I stood downtown between two infuriated groups of citizens. From one side came yells of ‘Justice for Mike Brown’ and on the other ‘Support Our Police’. It became clear to me, instantly, the disconnect in our understanding of citizenship, law enforcement, and our responsibility to preserve American life.  As an American citizen, father, brother, son and artist, I felt compelled to use my platform as a filmmaker to respond to this crisis in a way that could not only promote social equity, but initiate a global culture shift that can result in the preservation of lives. If saving one life is the only thing this film achieves, it will have served its core purpose.

WHY THIS MOVIE NOW?

In response to many of these injustices and growing divisions happening in our country, I have developed a piece that I hope will challenge systems of oppression by promoting a much-needed dialogue between law enforcement and community members of color. This dialogue, while spoken of often, has never been realized in the arena of public discourse. This project will create a public forum whereby individuals on both sides can speak truthfully about what they feel regarding circumstances surrounding many of the decisions that are made which affect the lives of both citizens and members of law enforcement.

This project will explore the divides often created by history, politics, and media, which prohibit healthy communication and relationships between our nation’s citizens. We will accomplish this by forcing these groups of people into a controlled environment together. My hope is that this dialogue will not only create healing within these broken relationships, but will serve as preventative maintenance, by conditioning both sides to take a necessary beat, which can in turn save a life.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO BE THE RESULT OF THIS PROJECT?

The answer is simple. Truth, healing, and reconciliation. America, as a nation, may appear to be down, but we are not out. By tackling difficult issues such as race, fear, and cultural division, we can set a course toward genuine racial healing. One that, if successful, can become a model for addressing other systemic issues in America and across the world.

NATE PARKER – WRITER / DIRECTOR / ACTOR

Director, actor, screenwriter, producer and humanitarian Nate Parker has focused much of his life and career on addressing social injustice and creating content that addresses disparities for marginalized communities around the world. He first received critical attention for his starring role in The Great Debaters opposite Director/Actor Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.

Nate later played the lead role in George Lucas’ Red Tails, whose supporting cast included Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr.  In addition to starring in the Spike Lee–directed Red Hook Summer, Nate generated critical acclaim for his performance in Arbitrage with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.  Nate played the leading role opposite Gugu Mbatha Raw in Beyond the Lights, for which he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Nate’s directorial debut, Birth of a Nation, won the 2016 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award while shattering the record for the highest acquisition price ever paid at Sundance.  A Norfolk, Virginia native, Nate grew up less than 30 miles from the site of Nat Turner’s unprecedented slave rebellion upon which the film is based. For his work on Birth of a Nation, he received the Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award, among others.

Nate has received an honorary Doctorate from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas—the school upon which the true story The Great Debaters was based - where he also founded the Nate Parker Summer Film Institute to guide the next generation of black filmmakers. To date, over one hundred students have graduated from the program.

Production Co: A Tarak Ben Ammar/Mark Burg Production, Spike Lee Presents, A Nate Parker Film, Eagle Pictures, Tiny Giant Entertainment
Starring: Omari Hardwick, Beau Knapp, Theo Rossi, Shane Paul McGhie, Milu, Milauna Jackson, Tony Espinosa, Wolfgang Bodison, Sierra Capri, AnnaLynne McCord, Ryan Mulkay, James Burns, Nicole Randall Johnson, Brighton Sharbino, Jahir Acosta, Evan Dodge, Kristofer Sykes, Karibel Rodriguez, Hunter Bodine, Rick Gifford, Andrew Laugheinhouse, Felix Miranda, Larry Sullivan, Aaron Leddick, Michelle M. Miracle, Kavon Ray, Dominic Bogart, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Petri Hawkins Byrd, DeDe Drake, Roman Mitichyan, Ceyair Wright, Mel Fair, Markina Harris, Courtney Friel, Kristen O’Meara, Serene Peterson, Trinecia Moore-Pernell, Steve Kuzj
Director and Writer: Nate Parker
Producers: Mark Burg, Tarak Ben Ammar, Lukas Behnken
Executive Producers: Zak Tanjeloff, Michael Novogratz, Vaagn Sarkissian, Bagrat Sargsyan
Cinematography: Kay Madsen
Editor: Billy Weber, Matthew Feinman
Composer: Henry Jackman
Production Design By - Geoffrey Kirkland
Edited By - Billy Weber, Matthew Feinmann
Costume Design By - Tiffany White Stanton
Co-Producers - R.D. Delgado, Tamara Houston
Associate Producers - Van Hayden, George A. Loucas, Jane Oster, Dwight Wilson II
Casting by - Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, CSA, Kelly Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African American Film Critics Association Award 2021 Winners

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“JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH” SELECTED AS BEST FILM BY THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AAFCA)

Regina King, Chadwick Boseman, Andra Day and Daniel Kaluuya Also Win Top Honors

The 12th AAFCA Awards will take place virtually on April 7, 2021

“Judas and the Black Messiah” was named the year’s Best Film today by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of Black film critics. In addition to Best Picture, the film also earned two additional awards for Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Supporting Actress for Dominique Fishback.

The see the complete list of the 12th AAFCA winners are:

Best Picture: Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Director: Regina King, One Night In Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix)
Best Actress: Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Best Screenplay: Kemp Powers, One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Ensemble: One Night In Miami (Amazon Studios)
Best Foreign Film: Night of the Kings (Neon)Best Documentary: All In: The Fight For Democracy (Amazon Studios)
Best Animation: Soul (Pixar/Disney)
Best Short Film: Two Distant Strangers
Breakout Performance: Radha Blank (Netflix)
Breakout Director: Shaka King (Warner Bros.)

“Serving alongside an all-Black producing team, “Judas and the Black Messiah" director Shaka King created a project that permanently enshrines pivotal Black Panther leader Fred Hampton as an American hero. Released against the backdrop of the present-day Black Lives Matter movement, the film's message of commitment and sacrifice to social justice is empowering,” says AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. "Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton is literally on fire and is supported well by Dominique Fishback who increasingly has become an actress to watch. Our members are thrilled to award the film with our highest honor.”

“Our Best Actress winner Andra Day was phenomenal as Billie Holiday,” continues Robertson. "Director Lee Daniels has a terrific knack for bringing out the very best from his actors and Day is no exception as she delivered a performance that serves as an impressive launch to an acting career we feel has great promise. The members of AAFCA are excited to see even more of her range in the future.”

“In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Chadwick Boseman again showcased a great understanding and execution of the acting craft. In what is the final performance of his career, he confirmed why he will forever be considered one of the best actors of his generation. AAFCA is tremendously pleased to honor him for this extraordinary performance.”

The organization, whose membership spans the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe and Africa and is the largest of its kind, also announced its Top 10 films of the year:

1. Judas And The Black Messiah
2. One Night In Miami
3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
4. Nomadland
5. Night Of The Kings
6. American Skin
7. Da 5 Bloods
8. Minari
9. Miss Juneteenth
10. The United States Vs. Billie Holiday“

The common theme with all of our Top 10 Films this year is the grace of humanity. All of these films spotlighted different circumstances that put the human spirit to a test. During a year when COVID-19 forced everyone on this planet to unite against a common threat to our health and well-being, these films spoke to the resilience and courage we all possess to overcome challenging odds. The AAFCA members were deeply heartened and inspired by these amazing stories as we also look forward to a return to “going to the movies” with our family
and friends,” said Robertson. Sponsored by Nissan and Morgan Stanley, the 12th AAFCA Awards will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

ABOUT AAFCA
Established in 2003, AAFCA is the premiere body of Black film critics in the world, actively reviewing film and television, with a particular emphasis on entertainment that includes the Black experience and storytellers from the African Diaspora. The organization’s primary mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African descended talent to cinematic and television culture – from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined breakthroughs of future generations. AAFCA
members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they reach a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million. As a non-profit organization, AAFCA is committed to numerous educational and philanthropic efforts, particularly those that foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion. For more information on AAFCA and its programs visit http://AAFCA.com.

Pan African Film Festival Kicks Off Online and On-Demand Sunday Feb. 28

Festival single tickets and passes on sale now

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February 26, 2021 - LOS ANGELES - The 2021 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 28 with the U.S. Premiere of David Oyelowo’s (The Last King of ScotlandLincoln) directorial debut The Water Man and run through March 14.  This year’s festival is virtual and will be entirely online and on-demand at paff.org.

The Pan African Film Festival’s line-up will feature stories that showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes, and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience.

This year, the festival features more than 200 films made by and about Black people from 83 countries, including 168 narrative films, 39 documentaries, 159 short and mini short films from 45 countries and in 43 languages.

Festival co-founder and award-winning actor and activist Danny Glover will serve as the celebrity ambassador.  As an ambassador, Glover will help bring awareness of this year’s festival lineup and PAFF’s 29-year legacy.

Highlights of this year’s festival include an advanced screening of the highly anticipated Coming 2 America starring Eddie MurphyNate Parker’s American Skin (Centerpiece) and a special conversation with director Lee Daniels and the cast of The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.

This year’s PAFF will feature four Academy Award Best Foreign Film submissions including the U.S. premiere of The Milkmaid (Nigeria), The Fisherman’s Diary (Cameroon), The Letter (Kenya), and This Is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection (Lesotho).

CBS has partnered with PAFF to premiere episodes from The NeighborhoodBob❤️AbisholaClariceThe Equalizer along with exclusive Q&As with the cast of each show.

Closing Night will spotlight Lázaro Ramos’ directorial debut Executive Order.  Executive Order is set in a dystopian near future in Brazil, where an authoritarian government orders all citizens of African descent to move to Africa – creating chaos, protests, and an underground resistance movement that inspires the nation. Executive Order will screen globally on Sunday, March 14 at 6:00 pm. Director Lázaro Ramos’ and members of the cast will participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Festival favorites will take place online including PAFF’s Children’s Fest, Student Fest, Senior Connection, Spokenword and Lol Comedy Show.

The Pan African Film Festival will take place virtually.  People can attend by purchasing a festival pass or screening ticket.

See the complete 2021 PAFF Program here, purchase festival passes and access to individual film screenings at paff.org.

For photos and press materials visit paff.org/pressroom.

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Festival Sponsors and Partners

The 29th Pan African Film Festival’s sponsors include the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (8th District); Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price (9th District); Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas (10th District); California State Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, 64th District; Commissioner Willard H. Murray, Jr., Water Replenishment District; U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, 37th District; U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 43rd District; Union Bank;  Brotherhood Crusade, Groundwurk; FilmLA; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Showtime, Facebook, Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute; Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences; Woodford Reserve, Los Angeles Sentinel; The Wave; KPFK; Black Cultural Events; Immigrant Magazine; KJLH; Our Weekly; okayafrica; L.A. Focus; Envoi, Miss Everything Entertainment, Girl In Charge Public Relations and Empowerment Justice Strategies.

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is supported, in part, by a grant provided by: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund with the California Community Foundation; and the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture.

About the Pan African Film Festival

Gearing up for its 29th anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from around the world. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live-action and animation short films.

PAFF is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in Pan African Affairs.  PAFF is dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and creative expression.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, ethnicities, and lifestyles in an entertaining way while at the same time, serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

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THE SPINE OF NIGHT – SXSW 2021- MIDNIGHTERS SECTION

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Directors and writers: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King
Starring: Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel and Joe Manganiello
Also starring: Abby Savage, Larry Fessenden and Rob McClure
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Horror

THE SPINE OF NIGHT - (SXSW 2021- MIDNIGHTERS SECTION)

This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as he falls to its darker temptations, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, there are many who stand against him. Among them are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.

THE SPINE OF NIGHT is an ultra-violent, hand-rotoscoped epic fantasy inspired by the cult classic works of animators Ralph Bakshi and Frank Franzetta. The film is set in a fantasy land ripe with magic and intrigue where a dark force is unleashed sending mankind into an age of ruin. It falls on heroes from different eras and cultures to fight back , and stars  Richard E. Grant (STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA), Lucy Lawless (ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, XENA: WARRIOR  PRINCESS ), Patton Oswalt  (THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, PARKS AND RECREATION), Betty Gabriel (GET OUT, UPGRADE), and Joe Manganiello (JUSTICE LEAGUE, SPIDER-MAN), also featuring Abby Savage(ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)and Larry Fessenden (THE DEAD DON’T DIE, DEPRAVED) and Rob McClure.

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107 FILM FESTIVALS TO SEE IN 2021

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JANUARY

Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah
Regular  deadline: September 7, 2021
www.sundance.org
Event date: January 28-February 3
Notes: hybrid event with limited physical screenings

Göteborg Film Festival
Sweden
Regular  deadline: October 31, 2021
www.goteborgfilmfestival.se
Event date: January 29 - February 8
Notes: online

FEBRUARY

Pan African Film and Arts Festival
Los Angeles, CA
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: September 20, 2020
www.paff.org
Event date: February 28-March 14, 2021
Notes:  online

Austin Revolution Film Festival
Austin, TX
Regular  deadline: August 15, 2021
www.austinrevolution.com
Event date: February 15-19, 2022

Oaxaca FilmFest
Oaxaca, Mexico
Final Pitching Regular deadline: October 30, 2020
www.oaxacafilmfest.com
Event date: February 8-26, 2021

San Diego Black Film Festival
San Diego, CA
Regular  deadline: April  2021 TBA
www.sdbff.com
Event date: 2021 TBA

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Netherlands
Next Regular deadline: September 21, 2020
Website: www.iffr.com
Event date: February 1-7, 2021
Notes: 50th anniversary celebration. A hybrid with second event June 2-6, 2021

Glasgow Film Festival
UK
Regular deadline: September 11, 2020
Website: www.glasgowfilm.org
Event date: February 24-March 7, 2021
Notes: hybrid event

MARCH

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Thessaloniki, Greece
Regular  deadline: November 30, 2020
Website: www.filmfestival.gr
Event date: March 4-14, 2021
Notes: online; June 24-July 4, 2021, a hybrid event

New York International Children’s Film Festival
New York, NY
Regular  deadline: October 5, 2020
Website: www.nycff.org
Event date: March 4-15, 2021
Notes: online event

Miami Film Festival
Miami, FL
Regular deadline: July 31, 2020
Website: www.miamifilmfestival.com
Event date: March 5-14, 2021
Notes: a hybrid event

Sofia International Film Festival
Sofia, Bulgaria
Regular deadline:
Website: www.siff.bg
Event date: March 11-31, 2021
Notes: online

Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum
Hong Kong
Website: www.haf.or.hk
Event date: March 15-17, 2021

SXSW/South by Southwest
Austin, TX
Regular  deadline:
Website: www.sxsw.com
Event date: March 16-20, 2021
Notes: online

CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
Copenhagen, Denmark
Regular deadline: September 1, 2021, December 1, 2021
Website:  www.cphdox.dk
Event date: March 17-28, 2021

APRIL

Hong Kong International Film Festival
Hong Kong
Regular  deadline: December 31, 2020
Website: www.hkiff.org.hk
Event date: April 1-12, 2021

Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle, WA
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: January 8, 2021
www.siff.net
Event date: April 8-18, 2021

Istanbul International Film Festival
Turkey
Regular  deadline: March 26, 2021
Website: www.istanbulfilmfestival.com
Event date: April 9-20, 2021

Shriekfest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival & Screenplay competition
Los Angeles, CA
Regular  deadline: March 1, 2021
www.shriekfest.com
Event date: April 15-18, 2021

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Dubuque, IA
Regular  deadline: January 15, 2021
www.julienfilmfest.com
Event date: April 18-25, 2021

Twister Alley Film Festival
Woodward, OK
Regular  deadline: January 21, 2021
www.twisteralleyfilmfestival.com
Event date: April 29-May 1, 2021

Jeonju International Film Festival
South Korea
Regular deadline: January 18, 2021
Website: www.jeonjufest.kr
Event date: April 29-May 8
Notes: online

Hot Docs
Canada
Next Regular deadline:
Website: www.hotdocs.ca
Event date: April 29-May 9, 2021
Notes: hybrid event

IndieLisboa
Lisboa, Portugal
Regular  deadline: December 23, 2020
Website: www.indielisboa.com
Event date: April 29-May 9, 2021

MAY

True/False Film Fest
Columbia, MO
Extended Regular deadline: January 3, 2021
Website: www.truefalse.org
Event date: May 5-9, 2021
Notes: in-person with online component

Harlem International Film Festival
Harlem, NY
Regular  deadline: December 5, 2020
www.harlemfilmfestival.org
Event date: May 6-9, 2021

Cheltenham International Film Festival
Cheltenham, UK
Regular deadline: March 5, 2021
Website: www.cheltfilm.com
Event date: May 25-June 5, 2021

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Toronto, Canada
Regular deadline: January 8, 2021
Website: www.insideout.ca
Event date: May 27-June 6, 2021
Notes: online exhibition

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival
Ukraine
Regular deadline: February 15, 2021
Website: www.molodist.com
Event date:  May 29-June 6, 2021
Notes: hybrid event

Krakow Film Festival
Krakow, Poland
International Regular deadline: January 31, 2021
Website: www.krakowfilmfestival.pl
Event date: May 30-June 6, 2021

JUNE

Nippon Connection Film Festival
Frankfurt, Germany
Regular deadline: February 15, 2021
Website: www.nipponconnection.com
Event date: June 1-6, 2021
Notes: online

Malaga Film Festival
Malaga, Spain
Regular  deadline: TBA
Website: www.festivaldemalaga.com
Event date: June 4-13, 2021

Oak Cliff Film Festival
Dallas, TX
Regular  deadline: March 19, 2021
www.oakclifffilmfestival.com
Event date: June 3-6, 2021

Brooklyn Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
Canadian Screen Award Qualifying
Regular  deadline: January 27, 2021
www.brooklynfilmfestival.org
Event date: June 4-13, 2021

Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film
Graz, Austria
Regular deadline: November 30, 2020
Website: www.diagonale.at
Event date: June 8-13, 2021

Tribeca Film Festival
NY, NY
Official Regular deadline: December 2, 2020
Website: www.tribecafilm.com
Event date: June 9-20, 2021

Annecy International Animation Festival
France
Regular deadline: April 6, 2021
Website: www.annecy.org
Event date: June 14-19, 2021

deadCenter Film Festival
Oklahoma City, OK
Regular  deadline: January 31, 2021
www.deadcenterfilm.org
Event date: June 10-13, 2021
Notes: online

Crossroads Film Festival
Jackson, Mississippi
Regular deadline: TBA
Website: www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com
Event date: TBA
Notes: no future Event date: listed

Palm Springs International ShortFest
Palm Springs, CA
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: 2022 TBA
www.psfilmfest.org
Event date: 2022 TBA
Notes: will skip  the 2021 edition

Berlin International Film Festival -
Germany
Regular deadline: November 2, 2020
Website: www.berlinale.de
Event date: March 1-5, 2021. 71st Berlinale online
Notes: June 9-20, 2021. Summer Special, a hybrid event in -person event

San Francisco Black Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
Regular  deadline: March 1, 2021
Website: www.sfbff.org
Event date: June 17-20, 2021

Monte Carlo Television Festival
Monaco
Regular deadline: March 19, 2021
Website: www.tvfestival.com
Event date: June 18-22, 2021

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Edinburgh, UK
Regular deadline: TBA
Website: www.edfilmfest.org.uk
Event date: June 23-July 4, 2021

Brussels International Film Festival
Brussels, Belgium
Regular deadline: March 29, 2021
Website: www.briff.be
Event date: June 24-July 4, 2021

JULY

Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
Tel Aviv, Israel
Regular deadline: February 4, 2021
Website: www.docaviv.co.il
Event date: July 1-10, 2021

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Regular deadline: February 28, 2021
Website: www.kviff.com
Event date: July 2-10, 2021

Cannes Film Festival
Cannes, France
Feature Regular deadline: April 26, 2021
Website: https://m.festival-cannes.com
Event date: July 6-17, 2021

American Black Film Festival
Miami Beach, FL
Regular  deadline: 2021 TBA
Website: www.abff.com
Event date: 2021 TBA

Stony Brook Film Festval
Stony Brook, New York
Regular  deadline: March 15, 2021
Website: www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com
Event date: July 22-31, 2021

Comic-Con International
San Diego, CA
Website: www.comic-con.org
Event date: July 22-25, 2021

Transilvania International Film Festival
Transilvania, Romania
Regular  deadline: March 1, 2021
Website: www.tiff.ro
Event date: July 23-August 1, 2021

Woods Hole Film Festival
Woods Hole, MA
Regular  deadline: April 1, 2021
www.woodsholefilmfestival.com
Event date: July 31-August 7, 2021

AUGUST

Locarno Film Festival
Locarno, Switzerland
Regular deadline: May 5, 2021
Website: www.locarnofestival.ch
Event date: August 4-14, 2021

Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
Next Regular deadline: February 28, 2021
Website: www.miff.com.au
Event date: August 5-22, 2021

Fantasia Film Festival
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Canadian Screen Award Qualifying
Regular  deadline: March 28, 2021
www.fantasiafestival.com
Event date: August 5-25, 2021

HollyShorts Film Festival
Sherman Oaks, CA
Next Regular deadline: April 2, 2021
www.hollyshorts.com
Event date: August 12-21, 2021

Sarajevo Film Festival
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Next Regular deadline: TBA
Website: www.sff.ba
Event date:  August 13-20, 2021

Nevada City Film Festival
Nevada City, CA
Regular  deadline: March 1, 2021
www.nevadacitychamber.com
Event date: August  20-September 3, 2021

CinemaCon
Las Vegas, NV
Website: www.cinemacon.com
Event date: August 23-26, 2021

Sidewalk Film Festival
Birmingham, Alabama
Regular  deadline: February 1, 2021
www.sidewalkfest.com
Event date: August 23-19, 2021

Filmfestival Kitzbuehel
Vienna, Austria
Regular  deadline: March 29, 2021
www.ffkb.at
Event date: August 23-29, 2021

American Black Film Festival
Miami Beach, FL
Regular  deadline: 2021 TBA
www.abff.com
Event date: 2021 TBA

San Diego Black Film Festival
San Diego, CA
Regular  deadline: April  2021 TBA
www.sdbff.com
Event date: 2021 TBA

Series Mania
Lillie, France
Regular deadline: May 10, 2021
Website: www.seriesmania.com
Event date: August 26-September 2, 2021

SEPTEMBER

Venice International Film Festival
Venice, Italy
Regular deadline: March 2021
Website: www.labiennale.org
Event date: September 1-11, 2021

DC Shorts International Film Festival
Washington, DC
Regular  deadline: February 28, 2021
Website: www.dcshorts.com
Event date: September 9-19, 2021

Camden International Film Festival
Camden, ME
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: April 12, 2021
Website: www.pointsnorthinstitute.org
Event date: September 16-26, 2021

Coney Island Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
Regular  deadline: March 12, 2021
Website:  www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com
Event date: September 17-19, 2021

Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary, AB, Canada
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: May 28, 2021
Website: www.calgaryfilm.com
Event date: September 23-October 3, 2021

Zurich Film Festival
Zurich, Switzerland
Regular  deadline: June 30, 2021
Website: www.zff.com
Event date: September 23-October 3, 2021

Golden Door International Film Festival
Jersey City, New Jersey-New York
Official Regular deadline: February 19, 2021
Website: www.goldendoorfilmfestival.org
Event date: September 23-26, 2021

Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Regular  deadline: TBA
Website: www.tiff.net
Event date: September 2021 TBA

International Black Movie Festival
Nashville, TN
Regular  deadline: March 31, 2021
Website: www.ibffevents.com
Event date: September 30-October 3, 2021
Notes: online

Nashville Film Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: May 27, 2021
Website: www.nashvillefilmfestival.org
Event date: September 30-October 6, 2021

OCTOBER

34th Edmonton International Film Festival
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: April 15, 2021
Website: www.edmontonfilmfest.com
Event date: October 1-10, 2021

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Regular  deadline: May 24, 2021
Website: www.chagrinfilmfest.org
Event date: October 5-10, 2021

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival
CARDIFF, United Kingdom
BAFTA Qualifying
Regular  deadline: June 1, 2021
Website: www.irisprize.org
Event date: October 5-10, 2021

Tacoma Film Festival
Tacoma, Washington
Regular  deadline: May 1, 2021
Website: www.tacomafilmfestival.com
Event date: October 7-14, 2021

Heartland International Film Festival
Indianapolis, IN
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: May 23, 2021
Website: www.heartlandfilm.org
Event date: October 7—17, 2021

BendFilm Festival
Bend, Oregon
Regular  deadline: April 28, 2021
Website: ­www.bendfilm.org
Event date: October 7-17, 2021
Notes: drive-in and virtual screenings

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular deadline: February 12, 2021
Website: www.hsdfi.org
Event date: October 8-16, 2021
Notes: drive-in screenings and virtual platforms

Canneseries
France
Website: www.canneseries.com
Event date: October 8-13, 2021
Notes: hybrid format

Portland Film Festival
Portland, OR
Regular  deadline: February 12, 2020
www.portlandfilmfestival.com
Event date: October 10-16, 2021

Film Fest Gent
Ghent, Belgium
Regular deadline: August 1, 20221
Website: www.filmfestival.be
Event date: October 12-23, 2021

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe, NM
Regular deadline: May 5, 2021
Website: www.santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
Event date: October 13-17, 2021

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Regular  deadline: 2022 TBA
Website: www.mammothlakesfilmfestival.com
Event date: 2022 TBA
Notes: all submissions will be honored and carry-over into the 2022 season

FilmQuest
Provo, Utah
Regular  deadline: June 21, 2021
Website: www.filmquestfest.com
Event date: October 15-23, 2021

San Jose International Short Film Festival
San Jose, CA
Regular  deadline: May 14, 2021
Website: www.sjsff.com
Event date: October 21-24, 2021

Washington West International Film Festival
Reston, VA
Regular  deadline: April 30, 2021
Website: www.wwfilmfest.com
Event date: October 21-25, 2021

Abuja International Film Festival
Lagos, Nigeria
Regular  deadline: 2021 TBA
Website: www.abujafilmfestival.org
Event date: October 2021 TBA

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: 2021 TBA
Website: www.outfest.org
Event date: 2021 TBA

SCAD Savannah Film Festival
Savannah, Georgia
Regular  deadline: June 1, 2021
Website: www.filmfest.scad.edu/festival
Event date: October 23-30, 2021

Ji.hlava International Documentary Festival
Ji.hlava, Czech Republic
Regular deadline: May 31, 2021
Website: www.ji-hlava.com
Event date: October 26-31
Notes: physical event

Raindance Film Festival
London, UK
Regular deadline: May 10, 2021
Website: www.raindance.org
Event date: October 27-November 6

Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Next Regular deadline: May 9, 2021
Website: www.evolutionfilmfestival.org
Event date: October 27-November 2, 2021

American Black Film Festival
Miami Beach, FL
Regular  deadline: 2021 TBA
Website: www.abff.com
Event date: 2021 TBA

San Diego Black Film Festival
San Diego, CA
Regular  deadline: April  2021 TBA
Website: www.sdbff.com
Event date: 2021 TBA

NOVEMBER

Denver Film Festival
Denver, Colorado
Regular  deadline: May 3, 2021
Website: www.denverfilmfestival.org
Event date: November 3-14, 2021

Hawaii International Film Festival
Honolulu, Hawaii
Regular  deadline: May 21, 2021
Website: www.hiff.org
Event date: November 4-21, 2021

Lone Star Film Festival
Fort Worth, Texas
Regular  deadline: July 29, 2021
Website: www.lonestarfilmfestival.com
Event date: November 4-7, 2021

New Orleans Film Festival
New Orleans, LA
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: March 17, 2021
Website: www.neworleansfilmsociety.org
Event date: November 5-21, 2021

Napa Valley Film Festival
Napa, CA
Regular  deadline: February 18, 2021
Website: www.napavalleyfilmfest.org
Event date: November 10-14, 2021

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Regular  deadline: 2022 TBA
Website: www.mammothlakesfilmfestival.com
Event date: 2022 TBA
Notes: all submissions will be honored and carry-over into the 2022 season

Crossroads Film Festival
Jackson, Mississippi
Regular  deadline: TBA
Website: www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com
Event date: TBA
Notes: no future Event date: listed

Palm Springs International ShortFest
Palm Springs, CA
Academy Award ® Qualifying
Regular  deadline: 2022 TBA
Website: www.psfilmfest.org
Event date: 2022 TBA
Notes: will skip  the 2021 edition

Stockholm International Film Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
Regular deadline: July 15, 2021
Website: www.stockholmfilmfestival.se
Event date:  November 10-21, 2021

DECEMBER

San Diego Underground Film Festival
San Diego, CA
Regular  deadline:  May 31, 2021
Website: www.sdundergroundarts.org
Event date: December 3-5, 2021