To Our CCBFF Family:


Many of you may have experienced circumstances that just make you want to give up.  I have been an entrepreneur (self-employed/management consultant) for 21 years.  I’ve handled major projects for clients, written business plans, helped clients launch businesses and launched a few myself as well.  So, I knew year five was going to be tough. 

We were ahead of projections in some areas, a little behind in some and right on target in others.  The CCBFF Team was braced and prepared for our 5th year.  In January, the challenges started… February they kept coming… March, April, May they just kept coming… but we kept fighting. Well, today, we received some news that makes it impossible to put on the festival this year; we were informed that key sponsorship commitments would not be forthcoming. 

I know this is devastating news with only a few days before we were supposed to welcome our guests.  Please understand that this was not an easy decision and know that the circumstances had to be dire in order for me to come to this decision. Today, someone asked me how I was doing and I responded, “What doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger,” to which she replied, “But God… How strong do we need to be?”  We had a great laugh… and I needed that.  I had hoped that new filmmakers would find out how much CCBFF loves our filmmakers – after reviewing emails between you all and the submissions teams, I feel like I know many of you personally. 

Please accept our sincere apologies for this tremendous inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

All ticket sales will be refunded by Monday, August 21st, 5:00 p.m.

Eternally optimistic, 


Winston G. Williams

Executive Director, Capital City Black Film Festival