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


Become an iGiftbag sponsor with The Hollywood Black Film Festival!

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is proud to offer an innovative marketing vehicle designed to enhance your level of engagement with our loyal attendees and supporters, and provide high quality traffic for your business.

The HBFF 2013 iGiftBag™ is an interactive, “virtual goodie bag” provided electronically to each attendee, as well as our extensive email list and social media followers. The iGiftBag features rich-media digital gifts, offers, coupons, games, and more from local and national sponsors.

Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the HBFF is an annual 5-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world. The festival began in 1998 (13th year!), and this year’s events will be held at the prestigious W Hollywood Hotel.

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Follow this link to view a demo (The actual HBFF iGiftBag will go live at the end of this month):

What you get with the Hollywood Black Film Festival iGiftBag:

Multi-channel distribution strategy:
–Digital access: Mobile, Email (10,000+) & Festival Website ( High traffic site: over 100,000 site visits and 250,000 page views to date.)
— Festival Guide, Signage, 5,000+ Handouts for all event attendees
— Social Media: Facebook-7,200+ Twitter-2,400+
–Bonus distribution –Black Tie Gala Event 750+
–Major Media Coverage, PR, TV, Radio, Print
–Distribution: Before, During and After event (30 days)
–A Sponsor Dashboard that provides real-time access to analytics, showing # times users open gift bag, click-rate on your gift, number of times your gift was shared, emailed, printed and other engagement metrics.

To purchase a package you can visit our sponsorship site at

Volunteers needed for Hollywood Black Film Festival!

Volunteer For HBFF 2013


Exciting volunteer opportunities await you with the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival (HBFF) which takes place October 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, CA. HBFF is now accepting applications for volunteers for the 2013 festival. HBFF is nothing, if not for the efforts of all the volunteers that come together to make it happen.

Volunteering with HBFF is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet other dedicated volunteers and interact with HBFF staff, filmmakers, sponsors, and the movie-going public. You also have the opportunity to learn about the film industry. We can promise you an invigorating experience with an opportunity to learn, grow, and be inspired by the event and its atmosphere.

Each year HBFF relies on the help from close to 100 volunteers, in every department. Whether you have years of experience or are just joining us for the first time, we welcome your help and support. Volunteers are needed before and during the 5-day Festival for a variety of positions, weekdays and weekends, so you’re sure to find a slot that fits your schedule and interests.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of duties, including:

* Pre-festival work (invitation stuffing, preparing/arranging materials)
* Greeting and registration of filmmakers and special guests
* T-shirt and poster sales
* Distribution and tabulation of audience ballots
* Distribution of festival brochure and feedback forms
* Directing guests between festival venues

Once you have logged some hours of volunteer work, you will have free access to Festival events during your off-duty hours.

It is mandatory that all volunteers attend an orientation/training session. All volunteers must be at least 21 years old to participate.

If you would like to volunteer with HBFF 2013 or at any of HBFF’s many year-round programs, please click on the link below to fill out our online volunteer application. The deadline for volunteer applications for HBFF 2013 is Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering for the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival. Unfortunately the festival will not have the opportunity to respond to every volunteer application. Eligible applicants will be contacted via phone or e-mail. Thank you.


To fill out the online volunteer application, click HERE.

We’ve gone to Hollywood!

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Black Chick Media is happy to be working with the Hollywood Black Film Festival this year. We are soliciting gift bag placements and prizes for winners. This is a great opportunity to get YOUR PRODUCT/MESSAGE/ORGANIZATION into the hands of Black Hollywood’s elite and trend-setters through gift-bag placements! Landing your products into our 500 gift-bags will allow you to build brand awareness in the Hollywood community. The exposure to filmmakers and producers is also a great product placement opportunity for their films. Previous gift bag sponsors include Nike, Garrett Popcorn, Ambi, Fuji Film, Iman Cosmetics, Bonner Brothers, Motions HairCare, Clear Essence, Miss Jessie’s, and Rene Furterer Paris, just to name a few. If you would like to contribute to the goodie bags, VIP bags, or celebrity baskets, message us!