250 Young Filmmakers from 71 Countries Selected for Berlinale Talents Program + ARRI Becomes New Co-Partner

Berlinale Talents 2017

Berlinale Talents welcomes 250 emerging professionals from 71 countries to its 15th edition. Exploring the theme “Courage: Against All Odds”, the Talents will participate in a six-day program featuring over 100 events, with many open to the public. Berlinale Talents… Continue Reading

SXSW Film Festival Reveals Opening Night Film & Six More Titles, Including World Premiere of ‘American Gods’

"American Gods"

The first selected programming has been announced for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. Of note, given this blog’s stated interests, is the World Premiere of Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, “American Gods,” which stars Ricky Whittle as… Continue Reading

Flying Lotus’ Feature Directorial Debut Will World Premiere at Sundance 2017 in MIDNIGHT Section (Pics)


First announced in September, acclaimed and celebrated music artist Flying Lotus, and filmmaker Eddie Alcazar partnered up to form the independent film finance and production outfit, Brainfeeder Films, and revealed that the newly formed operation’s first feature film would be… Continue Reading

TV One Announces 3rd Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Screenplay Competition (Submissions Open 12/16)


TV One today announces of its third annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) sponsorship and screenplay competition. Created to promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays, the 2017 TV One Screenplay Competition, which opens Friday, Dec. 16,… Continue Reading

A Queer Film Festival (The First) Launches in Uganda – A Country Where Homosexuality Is Still Illegal

A Kenyan music video of an African-themed remix of American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love”: it became a song about LGBTIQ rights and struggles, gender equalities and civil liberties for all sexual orientations across Africa. The Kenya Film Classification Board banned it in February 2016.

The Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QKIFF) is the first queer film festival to be held in Uganda – a country where homosexuality is illegal (as the Ugandan Penal Code states, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between members of… Continue Reading

Sundance 2017 Preview: Nia Long, Mahershala Ali + More Headline Roxanne Shanté Film Produced By Forest Whitaker

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Chante Adams appears in Roxanne Roxanne by Michael Larnell, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute | photo by Tom Zuback.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival has begun unveiling its lineup with yesterday’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT sections. Scrubbing the list to identify titles to profile on this blog, given our interests,… Continue Reading