Ava Duvernay’s Array Summit Grant Awarded to BFSFilmFest

Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival founder, Nia Hampton has been announced as one of the recipients of the inaugral Array Summit Grant. The $10,000 grant was awarded to many attendees of Ava Duvernay’s inaugural Array Summit that brought together the best and brightest community organizers and arts advocates working in independent film with the resources and relationships needed to thrive.

“Establishing ARRAY Grants furthers ARRAY’s mission to support arts advocates around the country that are cultural necessities in their communities. With more content from creators of color and women being made, it’s crucial to support the organizations that nurture and nourish these voices,” ARRAY Alliance executive director Regina Miller said in a statement.

Black Femme Supremancy Film Festival enthusiastically accepted the grant and continues to prepare for the 2020 festival by sharing their call for narrative shorts and features, documentary shorts and features, experimental films, music videos, and web series submissions from femme and female identified women of color.

The submission deadline is June 29, 2020.
Films should be entered through FilmFreeway:
https://filmfreeway.com/BlackFemmeSupremacyFilmFest

This year’s theme of the 2020 festival is “LEGACY”, and the BFSFF organizers want to attract stories that show the Black Femme as a universal archetype. With plans being uncertain in regards to COVID-19, BFSFF will take place on September 4-6th either in Baltimore, Maryland or virtually.

About BFSFilmFest:

The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest was created in 2018 to center Black femme filmmakers and their works. We bring the spectrum of Black [African’s and descendents of Africans] femininity [trans, cis, non- binary folks] together and work to empower others working alongside these leaders, artists and activists. We proudy celebrate our black queer, gender non-conforming, and trans community of filmmakers of all ethnicities and nationalities. We see the importance in working across institutionalized imposed borders, meaning literal geographic borders and barriers drawn by the film industry. We use our voices, resources, and the internet to connect with each other wherever we are. We see filmmaking as a way to preserve culture and create the framework for new worlds, and understand, respect, and embody the power of storytelling through the medium.

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In the News:

Variety – Film News Roundup: Ava DuVernay Launches $250,000 Grant Program

The Hollywood Reporter – Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Launches $250,000 Arts Fund for Organizations Focused on Women, Minorities

Madame Noire – Ava DuVernay Creates $250,000 Array Grant To Support Minority Creatives Affected By COVID-19

Deadline – Ava DuVernay Launches Array Grants To Support Arts Organizations Focused On People Of Color And Women, Film Festivals Impacted By COVID-19

“In response to the blatant inequity black women creatives face, filmmaker and writer Nia Hampton founded The Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival. The festival aims to promote dynamic cinematic efforts from Black female/femme identified filmmakers as well as ‘shake up the notoriously elitist culture of film festivals.’” – Baltimore Magazine

“At the festival, I felt encouraged by how Black femmes are committed to changing the narratives about us, by taking control.” – BmoreArt

For more information and interview inquiries contact Jordannah Elizabeth at bfsfilmfest@gmail.com.