BlackStar Pitch

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Join us for our fourth annual pitch session where a selection of filmmakers of color will propose their works-in-progress to an illustrious panel of funders, distributors and producers. Get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to develop a short documentary film and listen into how leading decision makers evaluate projects.

 

Filmmakers will pitch their short non-fiction projects in front of a virtual audience and a panel of judges to receive feedback and have an opportunity to receive an artist grant from OneFifty, a Warner Bros. Discovery brand. The grant will assist the filmmaking team in completing their pitch materials and the OneFifty team will provide consultancy and general guidance on moving the film towards completion. This includes giving formal feedback and notes at the rough and fine cut stages and developing a plan to pitch the completed short. A second-place winner will receive an invitation to be a part of IF/Then Shorts’ FINISH LINE program. IF/Then Shorts will be available to the filmmaking team as consulting producers on distribution and exhibition opportunities, as well as for general guidance on moving the film towards completion. This includes giving formal feedback and notes at the rough and fine cut stages, and developing a distribution plan for the completed short.

 

Please note that this is a private event made available to registered attendees only, comprised of passholders, members, and industry. If you have a pass you must log-in first to RSVP.


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Finalists

Dance Transplant (dir. Artina Nimpson & Marcus Clarke)

Sisters from Senegal move to Philadelphia where they adjust to the states by holding on to their culture through faith and dance.

 

Postcolonial Piñata (dir. Daniel Larios)

Postcolonial Piñata delves into the tangled & historically destructive relationship Christianity has with both piñatas and myself.

 

When It All Falls Down (dir. Keyssh Datts)

In a chaotic environment built for destruction, the community cry for help as they loose their community to gun violence and gentrification.

 

Dance Transplant (dir. Artina Nimpson & Marcus Clarke)

Sisters from Senegal move to Philadelphia where they adjust to the states by holding on to their culture through faith and dance.

 

Southmont Drive (dir. Ashley O’Shay)

Southmont Drive reflects on the legacy of a Black family from Tuskegee, AL, centered on Ashley O’Shay’s late grandfather and the 17 children he raised.

 

The Last Meal (dir. Lino Asana)

New Orleanian Chef Serigne Mbaye explores Creole and West African foodways through one communal meal and the preparation that leads to it.

 

Occupy (dir. Sonali Gulati)

Occupy is a landscape using portraits of people who have encountered gendered spaces in hostile, violent, humorous, and life-changing ways.