The Black Arts Alliance with The North Carolina Black Film Festival March 26-29, 2015 in Wilmington, NC

March 30, 2015

The Black Arts Alliance, Inc. (BAA) presents the North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF), March 26-29, 2015 in Wilmington, NC.  In its 14th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, and documentary films at the Cameron Art Museum, the University of NC at Wilmington, and the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center.  Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category.   Festival passes and advance tickets are available online   Admission is $50 for an All-Access Festival Passes or $7 per film block.

black-film-festival-05This year the NC Black Film Festival has partnered with UNCW Film Studies department, UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center, and the UNCW Black Film Collective for the Inaugural Student Film Screening and Reception.  Charlon Turner, Festival Director says, “We have always had student film submissions each year, but this will be the first time we have devoted an evening during the festival to Student Films.  We are excited to have student submissions from New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Charlotte, NC and of course Wilmington, NC!”  There will also have be a submission from local student filmmaker, Malik Gordon who is a 6th Grader at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.  He was the middle school winner for the MLK Film Festival for his documentary film, entitled Uncle Rodney.  He will screen his film on Saturday March 28th during Family Cinema at the Community Art Center from 10am-12noon.  He and his family will be in attendance and a Q & A will follow.  Family Cinema is sponsored by Verizon Wireless and will host films that are appropriate for families and children of all ages. This event is free and open to the public.

Another addition to the festival this year will be a change from Fashion in Film to Dance in Film presented by, Kevin Lee-Y Green and The Techmoja Dance and Theater Company.  This year’s Dance in Film presentation takes place on Sunday March 29th at the Cameron Art Museum at 3pm.  Dance in Film will highlight dance selections inspired from classic films like, Hallelujah, Stormy Weather, and Fame.  The Film Festival Award Ceremony will follow with awards and prizes presented for Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Feature, and Best Student Film.  The NCBFF will also honor up and coming filmmaker, Harold Jackson, III with the 2015 NCBFF Emerging Filmmaker Award and his film,Last Night will be the closing selection.

A schedule of events and highlights are listed below.  A complete festival schedule and details can be found online

black-film-festival-062015 NCBFF Schedule of Events and Highlights:

Thursday March 26th – Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street  Wilmington, NC  28412

CineMixer – Kicking off the 14th Annual NCBFF with our annual opening reception Thursday at 6p.m. Sponsored by Ken Weeden & Associates.  The opening selection, Dear White People will screen at 7pm. Admission is $10.

Friday March 27th:

Filmmaker’s Luncheon and Tours – we will have specially arranged tours of Screen Gems Studios and Wilmington Camera with a catered lunch for visiting filmmakers and film students.

Student Films and Reception – King Hall in the Film Department at UNCW 601 S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28401 this inaugural event for student films will begin with a reception at 5pm. Screenings begin at 6pm.  This event is free for UNCW students and staff with campus ID, $7 per block for the general public.
Saturday March 28th – Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center 120 S. 2nd Street Wilmington, NC  28401:
Filmmakers Brunch and Workshop – We’ll dish up a dose of Southern hospitality while our filmmakers talk shop and learn more about distribution, Saturday morning at 10am with Lea Anderson from Charlotte, NC as she presents her workshop, Preparing for Distribution. Admission is $10 and is open to the public.
Family Cinema – The festival will feature a two-hour block of films suitable for young audiences. Admission is free for this block of films, from 10am-12 noon at the Community Arts Center.  We will also have a special screening of Uncle Rodneywith Filmmaker Malik Gordon, a 6th Grader from DC Virgo Preparatory Academy (Middle School).

PR & Social Media Marketing for Film – A free presentation for filmmakers hosted by Alice Fuller of Sheer Social Media operating in Raleigh, NC and Sherwood, California and Tonita Perry of Eaddy Perry & Associates operating in Charlotte, NC. Admission is $10 and open to the general public.

Saturday Screenings  – we will have screenings featuring documentaries, short films,  music videos, and feature films will screen all day beginning at 10am. Admission is $7 per block.

Sunday March 29th – Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC  28412:

Dance in Film with Kevin Lee-y Green and the Techmoja Dance and Theater Company at 3pm. Admission is $10 and includes the NCBFF Awards Ceremony and closing selection.

NCBFF Awards Ceremony – at 4pm Awards in each category will be presented.  We will also honor our 2015 Emerging Filmmaker, Harold Jackson, III; immediately followed by his film, Last Night, our closing selection.

The NCBFF is produced by the Black Arts Alliance, Inc., (non-profit and registered 501c3).  Sponsors include the North Carolina Arts Council, Cameron Art Museum, Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center, Ken Weeden & Associates, Coast 97.3, Turner Solutions, EvolutionTIX, Photography by Kish, UNCW Film Studies, the UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center, and the UNCW Black Film Collective.
Contact:  Charlon Turner, Festival Director – 910-620-3313 or

Attached please find copies of the NCBFF and BAA logos, festival and film posters, and below are links to trailers and information about the 2015 Emerging Filmmaker honoree.

Opening Selection – Dear White People trailer:
Closing Selection – Last Night trailer:

2015 Emerging Filmmaker, Harold Jackson, III!films/cfbe



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