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Festival Dates: May in Cannes, France
Submission Deadline: March

Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.



Festival de Cannes

3, rue Amélie 75007 Paris – France

Tel: +33 (0)1 53 59 61 00 

Fax: +33 (0)1 53 59 61 10

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival

Festival Dates: October in NYCSubmission Deadline: June

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series, founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to supporting films produced, directed and written by women of color.

Since 1997, the festival has been enriching the city with over 500 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian and Native American descent. Reel Sisters attracts more than 800 film lovers from across the nation and globe including California, Chicago, Florida to as far away as Britain. The festival screens 25 films each year. Reel Sisters also provides scholarships to emerging women filmmakers and offers other resources for women filmmakers.

c/o African Voices

270 W. 96th Street
New York, NY 10025
347.534.3304 or 212.865.2982

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Festival Dates: April in NYC
Submission Deadline: March

The Dominican Film Festival in New Yorks mission is to promote a new generation of Dominican filmmakers along with established ones.

DFFNY strives on strengthening the vital economic and cultural relationship of the Dominican Republic with the United States. The festival�s main objective is to inform New York City audiences about Dominican cinema and its relation to the history, politics and social life of the country through an aesthetic approach. The festival�s program will showcase an array of works reflecting the city�s diverse population including a large ratio of Latinos from 21 countries.

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Festival Dates: May in NYC
Submission Deadline: December

The Viva Latino Film Festival NYC International (VLFFI) is the newest Latino international film festival in the country.

VLFFI’s mission is to showcase the content of emerging and established Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S.,Mexico and Latin America.

244 5th Ave Suite S-268
New York, New York 10001
(646) 504-2090

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New Voices in Black Cinema

Festival Dates: April in NYC
Submission Deadline: February

Presented in partnership with BAMCinematek, NVBC is a multi-genre film festival of quality movies geared towards getting audiences to appreciate and support quality, independent films from, by, and starring the African and Latino diasporas.

The further purpose of this series is to give filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talent on a grand stage where they can develop opportunities for limited distribution and create buzz for future industry contacts

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Festival Dates: November in NYC
Submission Deadline: October

The African American Women in Cinema Film Festival is one of the largest female film events in the country. Every year, the AAWICFF shines its luminous spotlight onto ambitious women filmmakers from all over the country.

Since 1997, the AAWICFF has premiered a number of award winning films which include: Fox Searchlight’s “BLACK NATIVITY” starring Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker to name a few. In addition, “SEASONS OF LOVE” premiered starring Taraji P. Henson and Gladys Knight and MY BROTHER starring VANESSA L. WILLIAMS, previous year’s films included; SOUL MATE — filmmaker ANDREA WILEY, STONE MANSION — filmmaker JJ GOLDBERGER and SWEETER WITHOUT SUGAR — filmmaker DARA FRAZIER.

New York


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Festival Dates: April in NYC
Submission Deadline: March

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), founded in 1997, is an annual event dedicated to showcasing entertainment content made by and about people of African descent to a worldwide audience.

Today it is recognized as the premier pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. The festival is comprised of five action-packed days of films, panels, parties and more�from the star-studded opening night screening to the closing �Best of Festival� Awards Ceremony.



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Our coalition has strengthened and created more opportunities for independent writers, directors and producers than ever before. BLFC helps its members build the best business models to bring their films and TV programs to market.

Together we can go further. Here are some of the member benefits:

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Main Areas of Service

Advocacy & Benefits

  • Lobbying and legislative
  • Discounts on Stages and
    Equipment Rentals
  • Group Insurance Plans

Resource Center

  • Membership Directory
  • Content Buyers Database
  • Distributor Database
  • Funding Database

Professional Development

  • Writing, Directing and Producing Workshops
  • Small Business Workshops
  • Annual Business of Film Seminar

Promotions & Events

  • Monthly Short Film Competition
  • Quarterly Membership Meetings and Cocktail hours
  • Annual BLFC Film Awards