Black Women Film Summit Celebrates Another Fabulous Year

March 15, 2016

439d152b-990e-46de-b33c-ff1b7d6ad8a5Last week, the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) hosted its annual Black Women Film Summit, featuring the incredible “Untold Stories Awards Luncheon.”
0c7322ff-5389-4107-8b65-e2fd8fa284a3The red carpet was in full effect, with actress/singer Tisha Campbell-Martin (ABC’s “Dr. Ken”), actress/singer Naturi Naughton (“POWER”), ESSENCE editor-at-large Mikki Taylor and film director and producer Fran Burst were honored at the Intercontinental Buckhead.


TV and radio personality Ebony Steele (“Coffee with America”) hosted the affair with music provided by DJ Salah Ananse. Scholarships were awarded to aspiring filmmakers Anita Salley and Martha Carswell.
Additional luncheon attendees included comedian/writer Myra J, actress Charmin Lee and media personality Spirit.
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The Summit that day also included the “Reel Sista Talk” and “Marketing Your Film to Hollywood” panel discussions featuring Haj Chenzira Pinnock, Mikki Taylor, Shante Bacon and Saptosa Foster.

On Saturday, the Summit hosted a number of seminars and panels including a Kids Acting Workshop, a Comedy Class led by Myra J, a “Screenwriting 101” workshop and “The YBF: Young, Black & Filming” panel.

Additionally, authors James E. Chandler, Sr., Amber Saunders, Saunya M. Williams, Ph.D, and BWFN founder Sheryl Gripper showcased their titles at the Book Festival, while various black women filmmakers from around the country debuted their film shorts during the competitive Film Festival. At the end of the day, the winning films were announced:

For more info, visit Follow the Summit on Twitter at @BWFN and Instagram at @blackwomenfilm and use hashtag #BWFN2016.

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Photo credit: 1) Fran Burst, Mikki Taylor, Naturi Naughton, Sheryl Gripper, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Ebony Steele attend The Black Women Film Network’s “Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon at the Intercontinental Buckhead. 2) Tisha Campbell-Martin 3) Naturi Naughton. 4) Mikki Taylor 5) Charmin Lee 6) Kathleen Bertrand 7) Ebony Steele 8) Kim Ford. 9) Karyn Greer of CBS 46 Atlanta. 10) Shante Bacon and Saptosa Foster. 11-12). Kids Acting Workshop, a Comedy Class led by Myra J, a “Screenwriting 101” workshop and “The YBF: Young, Black & Filming” panel. Photos: James Pray.

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