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Boca Black Film Festival now open for submissions

Festival brings cinema arts to new and emerging talent

5/8/2014, 9 a.m.

The inaugural Boca Black Film Festival 2014 kicks off its film and scriptwriting competition this week for talented Black filmmakers based in the United States.

The organization’s first cinema arts and education film festival celebrates Black media arts, film producing and scriptwriting.

The Boca Black Film Festival was created and developed by Florida natives who live and work in the South Florida community. Event organizers hope to fill the void left in the South Florida area by the exit of a similar film festival for people of color that was held annually on South Beach. The three-day event is filled with educational sessions, film discussions and workshops. Seasoned professionals in their respective fields, based locally and around the state, will share about acting and storytelling basics, the filmmaker’s toolbox, product placement, pitching, “webisodes” and financing as well as other educational and training sessions.

The Festival’s founder, Lizabeth Martin, is a college professor and former journalist. She has experience in creating and developing community synthesis. She created an artist network in Jacksonville in early-2000. The Jacksonville Artists Renaissance Group pooled talent, resources and creativity to support the artistic endeavors of Black filmmakers, writers, actors, videographers and performance artists such as Frank Goodin, Elizabeth Straight and Al Letson. The group also performed, collectively, a choreo-poematic stage performance at the University of North Florida directed by Noble Lee Lester.

“I am excited about the possibilities for the Boca Black Film Festival,” said Lizabeth Martin, founder. “I have met so many talented and creative people since I arrived in South Florida. This is the perfect opportunity to network, engage and develop more opportunities in film.”

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.

This is the premier film festival created by film lovers serious about the craft of filmmaking— and not just a celeb fest. The Boca Black Film Festival is now open to the public and discounted student rates are available for student ambassadors who sign up for community service hours.

For more information on the Boca Black Film Festival visit www.BocaBlackFilm.org.