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Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15
Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

ATLANTA -- The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) will present its 10th Annual Black Women Film Festival June 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta.

The three-day event – sponsored by BET Networks, Spelman College, Atlanta Technical College, 11Alive, Moguldom Studios and Madame Noire – kicks off Friday, June 13 at noon at Spelman College (Sci Center NASA Auditorium) with seven films by or about African-American women, including the controversial 72% (directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor), a documentary that explores the single mother phenomenon in the black community.

On Saturday, June 14 at 8 a.m., “The Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshops & Black Women Book Festival” will take place at Atlanta Technical College (Atrium). Discussion topics include film financing and distribution (Breyuna Williams, ESQ), acting for stage and film (Jonna Johnson), film and video editing (Deanna Nowell), and hair and makeup budgeting for large and small productions (Terae Dewitt).

Also taking place on Saturday is the Black Women Book Festival Luncheon, which features a panel of authors who will share their knowledge about getting a book published. Those authors are Joe Johnson (Joshua's Battle), Dr. Lepora (Journey to Authentic Joy), Antoinette Green Campbell (Revelations Beyond Betrayal) and Chiquita Lockley (Maggie Tales: Mommy, Where's Heaven?). Lockley is also the publisher of Worship 101: Back to the Basics, a guide for church leaders written by Grammy-winning recording artist Tasha Cobbs ("Break Every Chain"). The book, released May 12, will make its Atlanta debut at the Black Women Book Festival.

The festival concludes Sunday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Adrienne’s Fine Boutique with “The Reel Networking Affair” featuring Jaunice Sills, REVOLT TV’s director of program scheduling and promo strategy. Sills, a former Black Women Film Network scholarship winner, will be on hand to answer questions about her role at REVOLT and share wisdom on navigating the television industry.

"The 10th annual Black Women Film Festival will usher in a new generation of filmmakers who inspire and engage new audiences,” said BWFN founder Sheryl Gripper. “We are grateful to our BWFN Board and Film Guild for volunteering countless hours to make this possible."

To register for the Black Women Film Festival, visit www.blackwomenfilm.org.