The first-ever Hamilton Black Film Festival is happening this spring and organizers have set a Feb. 28 deadline for submissions.
Expected to be an annual event, the film festival looks to showcase cultural and traditional films featuring ethnic inclusion, including African, Caribbean, Native, Asian, and Middle Eastern filmmakers.
“The Hamilton Black Film festival will give people from different parts of the world and ethnic backgrounds an accessible platform to showcase films that are made by and with visible ethnic minorities, demonstrating that Hamilton welcomes all people,” according to the festival’s website.
“Our festival is distinct from other festivals because its primary purpose is to explicitly welcome ethnic minorities, nurturing their creative aspirations, providing support and resources to them such as training and mentorship on producing, directing, writing, and other film-related resources.”
The festival was founded by Nigerian-born and Hamilton-raised author and filmmaker, Paize Usiosefe.
The event is scheduled for May, 28-30, 2021 at The Westdale Theatre.
More information, as well as submission instructions, can be found here: hbff.ca