African American woman-centered media brand Essence
has announced the launch of a new film contest called The Essence Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest: Spotlight On Our Journeys
Posing the question, "Are you ready to be the next top filmmaker?
" the contest - touting a mission to create multidimensional and refreshing images of Black women, in contrast to commonplace narrow mainstream media depictions - officially opens it doors for entries this Friday, November 1
, via its website at Essence.com
The deadline for submissions is December 5, 2013.
A team of Essence editors will select finalists from all eligible entries, from which one winner will be chosen by the Black Women in Hollywood Academy - a group that includes industry taste-makers like Shonda Rhimes, Regina King and others.
The winning short will be honored, and screened in part, during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, which will be held on February 27, 2014.
“At Essence, we understand how a powerful story, whether in print or in film, can impact lives and even impact an entire generation. This is especially true when there is a diversity of voices sharing their own unique stories about the human journey,” said Vanessa K. Bush, Editor-in-Chief, Essence. “That is why we are excited about the Essence Short Film Contest. Not only will it provide a platform to discover a fresh, new voice and vision, but showcasing the winner during our annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon will allow us to put a spotlight on burgeoning creative talent.”
To enter the contest, filmmakers are asked to write and direct an original short film, no longer than 20 minutes that "presents an image of a Black woman in a unique, refreshing way."