Essence's 3rd Annual Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest Now Open for Submissions
Photo Credit: S & A

Essence's 3rd Annual Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest Now Open for Submissions

Essence Black Women In Hollywood Short Film ContestThe Essence Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest is back for a 3rd year, this time in search of documentaries that show how the modern day Black family looks, exists and grows in today’s society.

The contest – touting a mission to create multidimensional and refreshing images of Black women, in contrast to commonplace narrow mainstream media depictions – launched 2 years go, via the magazine’s website at

The inaugural winning short, as well as last year’s winner – Stefani Saintonge’s "Seventh Grade" and Iman Milner’s "Love Escapes Us" – were both selected by a judging panel comprised of influential industry tastemakers. Both would be eventually honored during the annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in the years after they won.

For installment number 3, filmmakers are now invited to submit a documentary short, no longer than 20 minutes, showing their most creative interpretations of the theme “Modern Black Family."

And now, following that success, Essence is once again looking to give another up-and-coming filmmaker a similar opportunity, with a 2nd contest. The deadline for submissions is December 14th. 

Last past winners, the winner of the 3rd annual contest will be honored during the next Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, which will be held on February 25, 2016, where some of the film will be screened for the event’s usual Hollywood A-list and trailblazer attendees, like Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Lupita N’yongo, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, and others. 

The winner’s journey will also be chronicled on

Filmmakers interested in entering the contest should visit, where all necessary information can be found.

Good luck!

Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2023 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.