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New Film Festival Dedicated To Black Creatives Premieres In The Bay Area Next Week

New Film Festival Dedicated To Black Creatives Premieres In The Bay Area Next Week

Time to reserve your virtual seat!

A new film festival dedicated to Black creatives is set to premiere in the Bay Area next week, NBC Bay Area reports.

The Black X Film Festival was created to support and highlight Black narratives that are underfunded or marginalized. The festival was created by a collective of Black artists and allies following the death of George Floyd. The goal was to promote a varied view of Black life and experiences that “[centered] Black power, the Black radical imagination, and Black resilience.” 

Shane T. Watson, filmmaker and co-founder of Black X Film Fest spoke about the motivations behind the festival, saying, “We wanted to showcase Black artists because at a time right now when we constantly see people being murdered by the police, we wanted to show artists who are using their lived experiences to make a statement.”

The event is virtual and spans 3 days with opening night hosted by comedian Sampson McCormick. After combing through submissions from across the globe, the founders were able to narrow it down to 17 short films, 1 web series and 1 featured documentary. All viewings are completely free and each film is subtitled for viewers. Organizers have currently launched a GoFundMe with the goal of compensating the filmmakers and raising money to support Black led nonprofits, already garnering more than $8,000 of their $35,000 goal. 

“A lot of these artists are in the beginning stages of their careers and a lot of times as a short filmmaker you don’t get paid, so we wanted to compensate these filmmakers,” Watson said. 

Watson’s own film, “I Live Here,” which was nominated for a Student Academy Award and is based on his experience as a Black creative living in the Bay Area, will also be shown at the festival. 

The Black X Film Festival takes place September 25th-27th. For more information, to donate to the cause, or to reserve your space, follow their Instagram page @blackxfilmfest or visit their site at www.bxfilmfest.com.

Photo Courtesy of NBC Bay Area