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Not Yet an AFFRM Rebel? Join the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement…

Not Yet an AFFRM Rebel? Join the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement...

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement

(AFFRM) has launched its second annual membership drive – a 30-day push (May 4 through June 5) to raise funds that will, in short, allow the grassroots organization to continue to do what it’s been doing for the last 4 years – distributing feature films by black filmmakers that tell stories centered on people of African descent.

Thus far, AFFRM has distributed a diverse mix of 8 feature films (fiction and documentary), including: “I Will Follow,” “Kinyarwanda,” “Restless City,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “Vanishing Pearls,” “Big Words,” “Better Mus Come,” and “25 to Life.” 

Membership has its privileges, as the saying goes, and this one comes with perks and incentives for new and returning


Here are some of the benefits enjoyed by those who became members during the last cycle:

– The Call-In: Curated filmmaker conversations with Tim Story, Gina Prince Bythewood

and Justin Simien

– Invitation-only Google Hangouts with industry experts

– AFFRM Rebel Swag, including keychain, memo pad, wristband and more

– Special screening sccess to films and live events in major cities

“We are asking past and new members to add their names to the credits of a movement by

becoming 2015 AFFRM Rebels. Our Rebel membership allows film artists and advocates to not

just speak about the need for change in the film industry but take an active role in creating artistic

diversity,” says ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.

To join the AFFRM + ARRAY movement, and become a “Rebel member,” visit

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A "movement" would not look to entrenched festivals where getting a film in is often based on who you know, workshops, agents, etc… a movement would let grassroots(like readers of this blog) select projects to be supported…or a similar bottom-up approach…you cannot glum on to the word "movement" with all the cultural cachet it carries and then operate like a normal distribution company running everything from the top down. Again, Affrm is doing good work, it’s a fantastic distribution company, it is not a movement.

Dankwa Brooks

As a proud #AFFRMRebel I’m going to address some of these nonsensical comments.

1. It’s a movement because it distributes BLACK FILMS to BLACK AUDIENCES. Other distribution companies are just looking for films that will book seats in theaters and most of them hardly ever book black films. Most black films got "straight to DVD".

2. The access is granted by making a film worthy to be seen in numerous outlets. That’s what the film festival circuit is built for. AFFRM is for films. Not screenplays. There are dozens if not hundreds of screenplay competitions/fellowships out there to gain access. If you want to gain acceptance as a filmmaker, make a film worthy to be seen. I’m in that category as well. I’m in development on a film that I need to get to the point where its competition ready. In the meantime I’m going to support other filmmakers who have made it to that point. That level.

Michael redd

I agree with Eric I’m a screenwriter, and need access


Yeah, I agree. I want to support, but why don’t you open up the recruitment for other black filmmakers. I don’t see how this benefits aspiring black filmmakers.


Affrm is cool but it’s not a movement, it’s a distribution company

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