Fort Greene (Brooklyn, NYC) based ActNow Foundation, the non-profit arts organization that programs the annual film festival New Voices in Black Cinema (produced in conjunction with BAMcinématek) is hosting a free informational session for local emerging filmmakers on how they can successfully get their work into ActNow’s film festival and others.

New Voices in Black Cinema – The 411 Sessions will consist of advice on navigating the often-frustrating film festival submissions process from festival director Curtis Caesar John and successful independent filmmakers including NVBC alumni Dui Jarrod (Lesson Before Love) and Nicole Franklin (Little Brother documentary series), who have traveled nationally with their films. 

Other guests include Wilkie Cornelius, who showed his hit indie film Single Hills at NVBC 2012 and Jordan Thomas, whose short film Fort Greene played at NVBC 2013 and is still traveling the festival circuit.

There will also be a networking hour after the session with light refreshments.

“The film festival submission process can be very difficult to make full sense of,” says Mr. John. “With this informational session we hope to make the process simpler for local filmmakers with key advice from expert filmmakers who have successfully worked the festival circuit.”

ActNow Foundation’s aim is to ensure that the next crop of rising star filmmakers are well-prepared for their future of telling dramatic, comedic, and reflective stories that represent the varied African diasporas of New York and beyond.

The event takes place on Wednesday, September 4 at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn. Doors open at 6:30pm and the session runs from 7-9pm with the networking hour running from 9pm until 10pm.

All guests are encouraged to RSVP early to as space is limited. For more information go to: