Infinity: Columbus Black International Film Festival Call for Submissions

Infinity: The 3rd Annual Columbus Black International Film Festival

The 3rd Annual Columbus Black International Film Festival now opens its CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. For more information on submissions, or if you would like to see an example of the lineup from CBIFF 2018, visit http://bit.ly/2SUR4fM. You can contact columbusbiff@gmail.com with questions regarding the festival.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.  This festival also provides an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe and brave space to showcase film, and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in Columbus, OH. Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. CBIFF strives to showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our communities for years.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2014.

Short films: running time; 5-20 mins, not to exceed 20 mins
Feature films: running time; 90 mins, not exceeding 90 mins
Music videos: running time not to exceed 6 mins
Homegrown: A film made by a Columbus native or a filmmaker exclusively residing in Columbus Ohio; applicable running time guidelines will apply
Documentary Film: running time; 5-90 mins

Screenplays:
Short: Max 20 pages
Feature: Max 90 pages
Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.
Filmmakers must be cleared for all copyrighted materials including movie posters and trailers.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a format such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MOV, QT, WMV, AVCHD, FLV, H.264, or DivX. If these file formats do not exist, please submit a link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. If applicable, include all passwords for video access.

DVD and VHS copies will not be accepted.

Please note: There is a submission fee. With your playable submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements if your film is accepted.

Dates & Deadlines

January 15, 2019 Submissions Open

February 28, 2019 Early bird Deadline

April 30, 2019 Regular Deadline

June 30, 2019 Late Deadline

July 20, 2019 Extended Deadline

August 1, 2019 Notification Date

August 22-25, 2019 Event Date

Submit all films via Film Freeway at: http://bit.ly/CBIFF2019

You can ‘Like’ and follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @columbusbiff.

Please contact CBIFF creator Cristyn Steward at columbusbiff@gmail.com for more information.

2018 National Film Registry (alphabetical order)

Films Selected for the 2018 National Film Registry (alphabetical order)

1. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

2. Broadcast News (1987)

3. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

4. Cinderella (1950)

5. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

6. Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency

7. Eve’s Bayou (1997)

8. The Girl Without a Soul (1917)

9. Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)

10. Hearts and Minds (1974)

11. Hud (1963)

12. The Informer (1935)

13. Jurassic Park (1993)

14. The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

15. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

16. Monterey Pop (1968)

17. My Fair Lady (1964)

18. The Navigator (1924)

19. On the Town (1949)

20. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

21. Pickup on South Street (1953)

22. Rebecca (1940)

23. The Shining (1980)

24. Smoke Signals (1998)

25. Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)

Library of Congress National Film Registry Announces the Annual Selection of 25 of America’s Most Influential Motion Pictures

For Release 9am

December 17

Library of Congress National Film Registry Announces the Annual Selection of 25 of America’s Most Influential Motion Pictures

“Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People”, “Eve’s Bayou”, and “Something Good” among the titles added.

Columbus, OH— December 17 — On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Library of Congress National Film Registry announced the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.

For its 30th year selection, the National Film Registry included “Rebecca” (1940), “Cinderella (1950), and “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962). A short-animated film entitled “Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People”, by director Ayoka Chenzira, one of the industry’s first black female animators was also selected. “For my independently produced animated experimental film to be included in the National Film Registry is quite an honor,” said Chenzira. “I never imagined that ‘Hair Piece’ would be considered to have cultural significance outside of its original intent, which was a conversation and a love letter to Black women (and some men) about identity, beauty and self-acceptance in the face of tremendous odds.”

The new list also includes “Something Good — Negro Kiss,” a 29-second film that is believed to be the earliest known footage of African-American intimacy on screen, as well as director Kasi Lemmons’ 1997 film Eve’s Bayou.

Established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, the National Film Preservation Board works to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s film heritage, including: advising the Librarian on its recommendations for annual selections to the National Film Registry, apprising the Librarian of changing trends and policies in the field of film preservation, and counseling the Librarian on ongoing implementation of the National Film Preservation Plan. The National Film Registry selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation. Featuring the first comprehensive look at American film preservation. Information was gathered through hundreds of interviews and library research, as well as public testimony and written statements from over 100 organizations and individuals.

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The Very Thought of You

Today we say goodbye to the one and only Nancy Wilson. Formidable jazz singer, R&B artist, blues musician, actress and entertainer, Nancy hailed from Chillicothe, Ohio. Her career spanned more than five decades with Nancy retiring in 2010. Wilson recorded more than seventy albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. She was 81 years old.

“The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”, was the first of six children, and was influenced by the music of Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, and Dinah Washington, at an early age. By the age of 15, while a student at West High School, Nancy won a talent contest sponsored by a local television station. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, of which, she became the host. She also worked at clubs on the east and north sides of Columbus, Ohio, until she graduated from high school. Unsure of her future as an entertainer, Nancy began college to pursue a degree in teaching. She spent one year at Ohio’s Central State College (now Central State University), before dropping out and following her original ambitions. Miss Wilson auditioned and won a spot with Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956, and toured with them throughout Canada and the Midwest from 1956 to 1958. While in this group, Wilson made her first recording under Dot Records.

In 1959 Nancy moved to New York City where her career bloomed. Within four weeks of her arrival in The Big Apple she got her first major break, a call to fill in at “The Blue Morocco”. The club booked Wilson on a permanent basis–she was singing four nights a week while simultaneously working as a secretary. When her manager, John Levy, sent two demos to Capitol Records, they signed her in 1960.

Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues. When her friend and fellow musician Julian “Cannonball” Adderley suggested she focus on jazz music and ballads, they collaborated and produced the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley in 1962, which propelled her to national prominence.

In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. 1964 was a golden year as Wilson won her first Grammy Award for the best rhythm and blues recording for her album How Glad I Am. Nancy was also dubbed a “consummate actress” and “complete entertainer” as her talents weren’t reserved just for the recording booth. In 1967, after making numerous television guest appearances, Nancy got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show, which ran until 1968 and won an Emmy. From the late 1960s through 2005, Wilson appeared in hundreds of films and television shows including The Red Skelton Hour, Hawaii Five-O, The Cosby Show and The Parkers. 

In addition to her musical accolades and achievements Nancy was recognized for her humanitarian and human rights work garnering awards from the NAACP, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Award, and the UNCF. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Wilson also has a street named after her in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She co-founded the Nancy Wilson Foundation, which exposed inner-city children to the country, and until she fell ill in 2008, continued her work in civil rights.

As with many others, I can say with all certainty and ease that Nancy Wilson has always been one of my favorite songstresses. And I’m not just biased because I too am an Ohio girl. That silky voice and amazing style made her the Queen of entertainment. And yes but oh yes, she was indeed royalty. Personally, my favorite Wilson tune which I never tire of hearing is The Very Thought of You, but you can’t go wrong with any Wilson melody. If you’re not familiar with her cannon, listen to How Glad I Am, My One and Only Love, Never Let Me Go, or Here’s That Rainy Day.

Fancy Miss Nancy–singer and storyteller, legend and legacy, thank you for blessing our souls with your voice. We will always smile at the very thought of you.

Love,

BCM