African-American Women in Cinema Festival

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The African-American Women in Cinema Festival took place at SVA Theater from March 27- March 30, 2019. The founder Terra Renee has completed a great task of putting together such an cohesive event that not only honors African-American women, but honors women from all cultures and backgrounds by giving them a platform to showcase their independent films and documentaries.

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Film enthusiasts traveled from all over the United States and abroad to be a spectator in viewing the newest independent films such as “What Death Leaves Behind”, “She did That”, and “Hats” just to name a few of the many films that were featured. In addition, Universal Pictures sponsored a free screening of the movie “Little”, starring Issa Rae and Regina Hall.

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This years honorees ranged in categories of politics, public relations, media and of course film.

First Lady, Chirlane McCray was presented with the 2019 AAWIC “Luminary Award”. Tia Smith and Rachael Ofori were given the 21st AAWIC Film Festival Trailblazer Award for their contributions to the film industry. A special presentation was presented by the Hon, Jumaane Williams, Public Advocate for New York City.

African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers for the past nineteen years. AAWIC has provide a platform to showcase aligning experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors. Our mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals.

SWAN Day closed out the film festival with a feature of “This Means Everything”, a very proactive film the discussed the lack of women and diversity in Hollywood. Lastly, attendees of SWAN Day, received a free NYWIFT membership, upon approval.

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The African-American Women in Cinema Festival was a great event that many will look forward to celebrating next year, and for many years to come.

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