Columbus Native and Filmmaker to Host First Columbus Black International Film Festival

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017



Cristyn Steward


Columbus Native and Filmmaker to Host First Columbus Black International Film Festival

Columbus Black International Film Festival will highlight a spectrum of stories told by artists of the African diaspora.

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus native and filmmaker, Cristyn Steward will host the first Columbus Black International Film Festival (CBIFF) August 4-6 2017 at Columbus’ own Wexner Center for the Arts and Columbus College of Art and Design. The film festival will showcase local, national, and international stories from the African diaspora in the city of Columbus.

CBIFF will premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts featuring local filmmaker Mark Cummings Sr. as a keynote speaker, with two short films; Dr. Race: Practicing Medicine while Black and Heroes of Color: Harlem Hellfighters; and feature film Holy Hustle followed by a networking reception for filmmakers. The festival will continue the following day at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The day will include film screenings, a workshop about making a good film taught by local sci-fi filmmaker Celia Peters, and a panel discussion featuring various media and representation professionals.

Cristyn Steward is a Columbus native and seasoned filmmaker with many years of experience in the industry. Steward’s expertise and vision gave her the inspiration to host an event for the city of Columbus to get to know artist in her hometown that truly give a meaning to visionary art.

The Columbus Black International Film Festival has received support from well-renowned organizations in the arts community including the Wexner Center for Arts and the Greater Columbus Arts Council as well support from Stonewall Columbus and Equitas Health. There are plans to invite multiple local businesses and organizations to be a part of this event as a way to showcase to attendees all that Columbus has to offer.

The primary objective of the festival is to showcase black filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally while creating an opportunity to network with various artists in the filmmaking community.

For more information, contact Cristyn Steward at


GAP Salon


The GAP Salon (gender and performance), which is open to all, is dedicated to issues of equality and representation in theatre and other arts. They will be meeting Monday, November 4th at 7pm GMT (We are having technical difficulties with our Upcoming Events Calendar at the moment, but we’re sure it will right itself soon). Meetings are held the first Monday of the month. Make sure you check back here often for updates, or follow them on Twitter @GAPsalon. As our mission is centered on collaboration, cross cultural dialogue and visibility of groups often marginalized, we are delighted to find out about this marvelous organization, and are very much looking forward to meeting them the next time Black Chick Media is in London.



Trying to generate an audience for your film screening, premiere or event? Here’s a few tips:

1. Got email? USE IT! Yes, social media is the marketing hotness, but email should NOT be overlooked. Use these free image editors like PicMonkey to create a nice INVITE.

If you’ve got a Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Mad Mimi, etc. use their templates to create and send invites. If you don’t have an email marketing service, GET ONE! Most of them have a FREE version for a few hundred emails.

Put in the headline YOU’RE INVITED or an eye catching phrase to boost open rates!

MAKE SURE THE EMAIL IS SHAREABLE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA so recipients can easily share it with friends and associates on social profiles.

AND TELL THEM TO SHARE IT, FORWARD IT in the body of the email. Put a call to action to work!

2. ALIGN your film with organizations that may be interested.

Some of our official selection deal with young people and, young people issues. There’s potentially an audience with local youth groups and organizations via social media.

If your film has international flavor, use GOOGLE, Facebook, Twitter searches to find groups, businesses, and organizations that are owned or managed by those from that location and culture. Introduce yourself FIRST, then share info about your film, and invite them to attend.

LA is full of little subsets of culture…Little Ethiopia community on Fairfax, The Carib Press, The Nigerian Student Association at UCLA just to name a few. So start Googling!

3. Has your film be screened before? Got photos and videos of the screening or behind the scenes? Create some shareable content to add to your invites, tweets, etc.

If none, directors and/or producers, do a 5 min or less video talking about your film. Why people should see it, why was making it important to you.

4. Treat your screening like an event, create a hashtag! Use it in your invites, your tweets, and Facebook updates. Tweets, Facebook updates, and even Google+ updates are now embeddable. So use the positive ones on your blog, website, and social media releases.

(Via The Hollywood Black Film Festival)