09 Jun 2014

Inaugural Boca Black Film Fest Offers Friends & Family Special

Festival supports cinema arts & education for new black content makers

BOCA RATON, Fla.—(June 7, 2014)—The Boca Black Film Festival 2014 is offering a 50 percent off special registration rate to Friends & Family of the inaugural film festival from now until Friday, June 20, 2014. The organization’s first cinema arts & education film festival promotes and celebrates the original creative film works and scripts that are inspired by new & emerging artists of black heritage. The promotional offer is an extension of the Film Festival’s efforts to support the local film community.

Held at the Boca Raton Marriott at the Boca Center, from July 17 – 19, the Boca Black Film Festival will feature seasoned professionals in their respective fields who will share about documentary filmmaking, product placement and the filmmaker’s toolbox. Other workshop sessions will highlight acting, directing, storytelling, financing, casting and shooting in addition to film discussions, film dialogues and film screenings.

On Friday, July 18, the new state president of the Film Florida association, Michelle Hillery, will discuss statewide and local efforts to support diversity and education initiatives, as well as member benefits that encourage job creation in Florida. That afternoon, Miami Local of SAG- AFTRA will also be represented and provide information on union membership for actors and the low budget agreement that helps filmmakers employ high quality union members for independent productions.

Then, on Saturday, July 19, the Women in Film & Television panel discussion champions the collaborative efforts of women filmmakers to create new projects and opportunities that recognize the diversity of female roles in the entertainment industry as well as the unique challenges that result from gender in this society. The African America Women in Cinema (AAWIC) has been a strong supporter of the Boca Black Film Festival, and its new South Florida director, Lynne Forde, will be among the panelists. For the past 16 years, the AAWIC has worked to expand, explore and create opportunities for minority filmmakers. Based in New York City, the AAWIC will open a South Florida branch in the fall to provide professional development opportunities in the region.

The Boca Black Film Festival’s director, Lizabeth Martin, is a college professor and a connoisseur of fine writing. She has a background in journalism and marketing communication, and completed written works in poetry, fiction, and scripts for film and television. Martin also has experience in creating and developing community synthesis.

“We have started something phenomenal with our first local festival and we only hope to get better from here on out,” said Lizabeth Martin, founder. “The Boca Black Film Festival is a great opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers who want to gain a solid foundation in the basics while also showcasing, screening and studying some film works. Our south Florida talent is amazing and we are working to keep that type of talent local for our own Florida film industry.”

Recognizing the significance of the collaborative local network, the Film Festival will continue to offer a discounted 25 percent registration rate, after the promotional Friends & Family special, to the AAWIC membership and all SAG-AFTRA members from June 21 to July 15, 2014.

Filmmakers can submit short films, feature films or documentaries via the Festival’s website at www.BocaBlackFilm.org. And, there’s a sister competition in scriptwriting for shorts and features too. A student competition is only available in the short films and scripts category. However, students have an added opportunity to hone their craft through the Festival’s on-site student short scriptwriting challenge.

The Boca Black Film Festival is open to the public and discounted student rates are available for high school and college student volunteers who sign up for community service hours. The regular 3-day all-inclusive pass is $200—the Friends & Family special saves registrants 50 percent, at a total savings of $100. Daily rates start at $75 and exclude the film screenings, awards luncheon and closing night celebration that can be purchased separately.

For more information on the Boca Black Film Festival visit www.BocaBlackFilm.org or follow us on Facebook: Boca Black Film and Twitter @BocaBlackFilm.

The Boca Black Film Festival is the premier creative arts and educational film fest that specifically celebrates and champions independent film works created, designed and inspired by persons of black heritage. As one of Florida’s and the tri-county area’s only film festivals dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking for black content makers, the Boca Black Film Festival organization strives for authenticity and originality in promoting and screening film works. The Festival provides balance in creative arts development, training sessions, networking, mentorship and endeavors that promote well-balanced, diverse images of color in film, television and other media venues. The Boca Black Film Festival celebrates the imaginative, organically grown, perspective that is uniquely black American.

Media Contact:

Dhima Days @ 561-235-3028 Dhima@BocaBlackFilm.org

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