CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PANELS, SESSIONS AND GUESTS
Jackée Harry, Miguel Núñez Jr., April Reign and Gil Robertson Among Featured Guests
AUSTIN, Texas – June 20, 2016 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today
announced its first slate of panels, sessions and guest appearances for its 2016 Film Festival,taking place August 25 th – 28 th at the Austin Convention Center.
Emmy Award winner Jackée Harry (227; Sister, Sister) will host the Capital City Black
Film Festival Awards Gala on Saturday night, following the special session: A Convers ation withJackée Harry, hosted by Fran Harris, television personality, author, Longhorn Network announcer, and life and business coach extraordinaire.
Actor, writer and producer Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Juwanna Mann, Belle’s) will lend his
considerable talent and insight to help educate CCBFF’s filmmaker audience through panel discussions and one-on- one feedback on their film and made-for- TV movie pitches.
The CCBFF special guest line up also includes April Reign, #OscarSoWhite Creator,
Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor-at- Large for Nu Tribe Magazine; Gil Robertson IV, Co-Founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association; Jamie Broadnax, Creator of #BlackPantherSoLIT and @BlackGirlNerds; Maurice Moore, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, and CEO and Founder of Anaik Films; and filmmaker-on- the-rise Xavier Burgin, Writer and Director of On Time and Olde E, who recently landed a licensing deal with HBO.
“The Capital City Black Film Festival is the place to see, meet and appreciate some of
the best and brightest emerging Black filmmaking talent on the planet,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of CCBFF. “We are truly grateful to the fans and film community who have shown such overwhelming support for our mission of making a positive impact on the Black independent film market.”
This year’s Festival begins on Thursday evening, August 25 th , with a Filmmaker
Welcome Reception (invitation only) in downtown Austin, followed by the event’s opening night celebration and feature film at the Austin Convention Center. On Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th, festival attendees will enjoy film screenings, premieres, talk-backs with film directors and casts, panel discussions, workshops, parties, a CCBFF Vendor Pop Up Shop and the closing night Awards Gala.
The weekend will culminate with a Filmmaker Farewell Brunch (invitation only) on Sunday.Panels, Sessions and Workshops CCBFF panels, sessions and workshops are designed to inform, educate and inspire filmmakers and film lovers alike. They include:
- Black (Panther) Power – A panel discussion on the current state of diversity in
Hollywood and what impact Marvel’s Black Panther movie will have on how the industry perceives the domestic and international market for Black films.
- The Distribution Game: Is There An Art To Selling Your Movie? – Industry insiders
discuss what filmmakers can do to give themselves the best shot at a distribution deal.
- Filmmaker Spotlight: A Q&A with Xavier Burgin – Learn from this savvy indie
filmmaker’s success in using social media to build his brand and fan base.
- The Write Way – A free screenwriting workshop with Fran Harris for established and
Festival passes and individual event tickets are on sale now and can be purchased
online at www.capcitybff.com/passes. CCBFF is still accepting submissions in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, short films and music videos.
The late deadline is July 17 th ; please visit www.capcitybff.com for more information about the submission process.
About Capital City Black Film Festival
The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors or films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF offers year-round programming for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including screenings, networking, educational workshops and special events. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival and its programs, please visit