AAWIC announces program for the 2014 African-American Women in Cinema Festival

AAWIC PicThe African-American Women in Cinema recently announced the FULL LINE-UP of this year’s 17th AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL (November 19th – 22nd), which features keynote panels, premiere screenings, youth filmmaking segment and an opening night reception. The films chosen for this year’s festival are judged by a jury committee made up of prominent industry leaders, who adhere to the organization’s mission statement of promoting films from African American, Latina,Native American and Asian diaspora. It is important to mention that AAWIC is the only film festival in New York City with such a wide multicultural reach.

AAWIC is proud to announce the New York premiere of Princess Monique’s SEASONS OF LOVE at this year’s OPENING NIGHT EVENT. Starring Gladys Knight, Taraji P. Henson, Method Man and LeToya Luckett, the film follows one couple’s romantic ups and downs, as they struggle to determine the things that matter most in life. The film also features Ana Isabella, a rising star from Puerto Rico. The Lifetime Studios release is set to premiere on November 23rd.

AAWIC is also pleased to announce the premiere event entitled INTERNATIONAL DAY presented by UNESCO NYS and African Women For Good Governance on November 22nd. There will be a panel discussion called Discussing the African Film Industry moderated by Winsome Sinclair (prominent casting director). Following the discussion is a special presentation organized by African Women For Good Governance and later a film screening hosted by producer Mohamed Dione. The festival will close out with an awards VIP reception that will take place at United Nations and the Nigerian Embassy, respectively. The President of African Women For Good Governance and Ambassador of UNESCO, Sire Dione Conde, expressed her excitement for the festival, stating, “We are pleased to be a part of such a prestigious festival that celebrates women in the industry and are very happy to present the first ever International Day! We look forward to making history together.”

The annual film festival highlights the best in African American cinema, featuring works from independent filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. AAWIC founder and executive producer, Terra Renee, exclaims, “I am very pleased about this year’s event. Our goal has always been to take this festival to the next level. I believe this year will set the stage and we will make history.” This year, the festival producer is Lamonia Brown, a prominent industry veteran.

Advance all-access passes are currently available through online purchase via aawic.org. There will also be an opportunity to purchase single screening and panel discussion tickets. More ticket information for the 17th African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival is available at aawic.org/purchase-tickets. For more information, visit www.aawic.org and follow @aawic on Twitterand Facebook.

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