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Essence Holds Second Annual Shorts Competition for Black Women Filmmakers

Essence Holds Second Annual Shorts Competition for Black Women Filmmakers

After a successful initial run, Essence Magazine is launching its second annual short-film competition this fall/winter with a crowd-pleaser of a theme: “For the Love of Black Women.”

African-American female filmmakers have until December 8 to submit for consideration an original project up to 20 minutes long. The winner, selected by a panel of Essence editors and a panel of “industry tastemakers,”will attend the 8th annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon on February 19, 2015, and have an excerpt of her film exhibited at the event. Past honorees at the luncheon have included Oprah Winfrey, Lupita N’yongo, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes, and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

For more application details, visit the contest page here.

The Essence competition’s inaugural winner was Stefani Saintonge’s coming-of-age short “Seventh Grade,” chosen by a panel that included Shonda Rhimes, Regina King, Ava DuVernay, and Mara Brock Akil. “Seventh Grade” has played at several festivals. Watch the trailer below: 

[via Shadow and Act]

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