The 2013 African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival celebrates its Sweet 16

003cc3577682a09fe884a1ed7548c2a6The fall is here and it is time to celebrate the holidays. It is also a time to celebrate great films and be a part of some very interesting panels and networking opportunities. The African American Women in Cinema Film Festival celebrates its Sweet 16 with the 2013 Annual Film Festival in NYC from November 20th through the November 23rd.

For over a decade, the AAWIC organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers. This for the festival, the AAWIC organization will continue their mission of providing a platform and showcase for aligning experienced and novice women filmmakers, directors, producers, and screenwriters.

The festivities begin with opening night which features a special red carpet screening of the film “Black Nativity” which is directed by Kasi Lemmons. The films stars Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Forrest Whitaker. There will also be a Q & A after the screening with the director.

On Thursday, November 21, 2013 will yield a webisode competition hosted by “Lenox Hill’s” Al Thompson, followed by New York Love Film Workshop hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television and will conclude with an international screening program showcasing independent films made by women from around the world. Friday, November 22, 2013 starts with the inaugural “Master Class” with CEO-Chief Executive Officer at Revolt TV and CEO & Founder at Shadow League, Keith Clinkscales, followed by a special “Black History” Mini Documentary segment created by Emmy Award winner Neema Barnette with special guest award winner filmmaker Reed McCants.

Rounding off the event is the conclusion of the film screening program that will include a special promotional segment of highly anticipated upcoming film, “The Lost Book of Rap.” The festival will conclude it’s historical program on Saturday, November 23, 2013 with the youth filmmakers film screening at DCTV located in Lower Manhattan and a special screening of “Magic City” Starring, Jenifer Lewis and Keith David.

Lastly, there the festival will end with a special VIP closing night reception hosted by the American Diabetes Association and sponsored by The Greater NY Chamber of Commerce with guest host honoree, Winsome Sinclair. Festival favorites include the youth films screening segment presented by DCTV.

During the past 16 years AAWIC has been able to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction and mentoring by established Industry professionals such as Tasha Smith, Regina King, Robert Townsend, Jenifer Lewis to name a few. The AAWIC organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers for sixteen years and with the collaboration and support of major networks like FOX, the future of our festival and filmmakers looks promising indeed! Join us for our Sweet 16th celebration.

Founder and Executive Producer, Terra Renee states.”I am very pleased at this years’ line up and believe that those who attend will experience something unique.” The 16th AAWIC Film Festival is supported by: Fox Strategy Group (Benefactor Sponsor), Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Media Services, RX Pharmacy, Raymour & Flanigan, UFront and African Women For Good Governance.

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