The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced that Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr.; and Felonious Munk, comedian, actor, writer and social commentator; are among the special guests appearing at this year’s film festival.

Festival passes and tickets are currently on sale for CCBFF 2017, the 5th Anniversary of the event, taking place Thursday, August 17th, through Sunday, August 20th, at the Austin Convention Center (4th Floor) in Austin, Texas. To purchase passes and tickets, go to www.ccbff.eventbrite.com.

“From the very beginning, we have received overwhelming support – not only here in Austin, but across the nation and internationally – for showcasing the wealth of filmmaking talent that exists in the African American community,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of the Capital City Black Film Festival. “We are excited to celebrate five years of giving a voice to people of color who have powerful, compelling and important stories to tell.”

Each year, CCBFF’s Opening Night Gala elevates the arts and honors those who have paved the way for artists and entertainers of color. Louis Gossett, Jr., will receive the Harlem Lights! Living Legend Award at the Gala on Thursday at 8:00pm. The award is named in honor of East Austin’s legendary Harlem Theater, which served African American moviegoers from 1935 to 1973. At that time, the Harlem Theater was one of only seven black-owned theaters in the country. VIP Pass holders will be treated to a special Meet-and-Greet with Louis Gossett, Jr., prior to the Gala.
In addition, “Forgiveness,” a short film written and directed by Satie Gossett, will be screened during the program. The CCBFF Opening Night Gala will be preceded by a cocktail reception and a “Living Art Gallery” display at 7:00pm.

On Saturday, August, 19th at 8:00pm, the 5th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Awards will be hosted by celebrated comedian Felonious Munk, whose standup is in demand across the country. This is the first Austin appearance for Munk, who has headlined legendary venues such as Second City, The Laugh Factory and the New York Comedy Club.

Additional announcements on competitive film selections, panels, workshops and special guest appearances will be made during the coming weeks.

CCBFF is still accepting submissions from filmmakers in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, short films and music videos. The late deadline is July 14th; please visit www.capcitybff.com for more information about the submission process.

The Capital City Black Film Festival is sponsored in part by Cenpatico, Austin Film Commission and the Texas Film Commission.

About Capital City Black Film Festival
The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF), celebrating its 5th Anniversary from August 17th–20th, 2017, showcases the best in new Black independent film from the brightest minds in filmmaking. One of the fastest growing film festivals in the region, CCBFF presents screenings, special events and exciting opportunities for people to experience the brilliant works of artists and filmmakers of color from across the globe. Festival passes and individual event tickets can be purchased at www.ccbff.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival, please visit www.capcitybff.com.