2021

Program Committees



Experimental

Alia Ayman
Independent Curator; Project Consultant and Co-Founder,
Zawya Cinema and Distribution

Darol Olu Kae
Artist & Filmmaker

Dessane Lopez Cassell
Editor, Writer, & Curator

Jessica Lynne
Writer, Critic & Co-founder of ARTS.BLACK


Feature

Narrative

Kim Brundidge
Writer, Instructional Designer,
Writing Coach & Editor

Lendl Tellington
Filmmaker

Mohannad Ghawanmeh
Executive Director,
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture


Feature

Documentary

Arjun Shankar
Assistant Professor of Culture and Politics,
Georgetown University

Melissa Bisagni
Festival Director,
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
& Film and Video Program Manager,
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Sarah J. Jackson
Presidential Associate Professor,
Annenberg School for Communication,
University of Pennsylvania


Short

Documentary

Ben-Alex Dupris
Filmmaker

Chloe Walters-Wallace
Manager of Artist Programs,
Firelight Media

Tina Morton
Associate Professor of Media Journalism and Film,
Howard University

Tshay Williams
Filmmaker


Short

Narrative

Eugene Haynes
Producer & Scholar

Lauren Holland
Agent, CAA

Li Sumpter
Mythologist & Multidisciplinary Artist

Marcellus Armstrong
Program Manager,
Scribe Video Center


Contest

Pitch

Arjun Shankar
Assistant Professor of Culture and Politics,
Georgetown University

Felix Endara
Filmmaker & Consultant

Gerry Leonard
Impact Coordinator,
Working Films

Lamonia Deanne Brown
Producer

Luisa Dantas
Filmmaker,
JoLu Productions